More debate is centered around this question: is this Heat team Dwyane Wade's team, or Lebron James' team?
The logical choice is Wade, who has been a Heat member since his rookie year. He carried the team to the 2006 title. But with the melodrama of Lebron's "Decision" last summer as well as the hype over his skills since his junior high days, Lebron isn't the type of player that can take a backseat to anyone.
In some subtle way, however, the Heat need to distinguish who their "go to guy" is. When the game is on the line, who's taking the last shot? Who is going to be counted on to develop younger players that join the team or get drafted?
Think of the superstar title teams in the past: the 90's Bulls were Jordan's team. The 80's Lakers were Magic's team. The 80's Celtics were Larry Bird's team. The early 00's Lakers team was split, but that was okay because Kobe and Shaq played very different roles on that team. The Spurs? Tim Duncan's team. This year's Mavericks? Dirk Nowitzki.
But Lebron and Wade both have such similar standing among the NBA public that determining just which one is better is next to impossible. Sheer numbers don't help. Clutch performances would dictate Wade is the best, but overall athleticism begs Lebron to take the superficial title.
The true leader of the team boils down to this: the guy who truly puts the team first. The one who cares more about the team as a whole than their own shoe line, Twitter feed, or what Skip Bayless will spew about them the following day. The true leader is the one that humbles himself.
And if they both do that, watch out. This team may even exceed expectations.