The LeBron James Heated Controversy: Is the NBA Starting Down the Wrong Path?

Gary SuggContributor IIDecember 10, 2010

MILWAUKEE, WI - DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat clips his nails while sitting on the bench during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on December 6, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Should this newfound concept of "dream team building" be legal? What is the future of the NBA if the playing field becomes far less than equal? Should the league then be downsized to 8-10 powerhouses, hence omitting the embarrassment of the mediocre team’s annihilation?

These questions stir up the controversial topic of the NBA’s unapparent future.

July 8th 2010 sparked a new era for the Miami Heat. The Heat or “The Super Team” have stirred a frenzy of excitement as well as harsh criticism. 

When critiquing LeBron’s decision to come to Miami, skepticism surrounds his intentions.  Was it to form a “dream team” so that he can finally be associated with a dynasty that will secure his name in NBA history? Was it strictly to leave Cleveland for reasons unapparent to us? Was it for the sandy beaches and tan women?

Many people view the Miami Heat team building to be the first of many mistakes the NBA has allowed. The limelight has been shut off from the rest of the league in order to keep eye on three stars: Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James.  There is no questioning the team’s talent. The supporting cast to Bosh, Wade and James, which consists of James Jones, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, and big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas, round off what should undoubtedly be a championship team.

As a sports fan I have to appreciate what King James brings to the game of basketball.  His skills are hard to match; he’s arguably the best in the league and without a doubt has already forced his name into the talk of the NBA’s greatest ever. 

But is he a Michael Jordan? Did Michael Jordan have to customize a team in order to get his championships? Sure he had Scottie Pippen, but Wade and Bosh? Come on, now this is too easy. 

The NBA needs to find ways to keep the teams relatively even until it starts to get out of hand. Future stars will not be satisfied if they believe their talent is being wasted on a sub-par team, and will not see the point in trying if they see their teammates as unworthy colleagues. 

The NBA has already been accused of being a league of thugs. This would only batter their image more to have the game be completely rigged and be ruled by a few teams and a few teams only. Let’s go back to when NBA championships actually meant something. Maybe then we can remember why we love the game of basketball.