Michael Jordan Is Right: Miami's 'Big Three' Aren't Competitors

General PattonContributor IJuly 20, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 28:  Basketball legend Michael Jordan walks off a tee box during the pro am prior to the start of the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on April 28, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Michael Jordan is not my favorite guy.  However, I can never deny his competitiveness or his drive to succeed.  I have questioned these attributes in LeBron James and Chris Bosh.  Dwyane Wade is simply party to this by association—association of laziness.

MJ made it pretty clear.

“There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team.’”

And you know what?  He's right.  I'm sure neither Larry nor Magic would have even thought of making the same phone call. 

It's the kind of thing that begs the question—are these guys even competitors? 

No, they are not.

MJ hit it right on the head.  He wanted to go out and beat his opponents—not play with them just so he could increase his haul of rings.  MJ did that in Chicago.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh—LeBron especially—gave up the chance to grow and mature in the cities that drafted them and become "The Man" the way MJ did in Chicago.

D-Wade basically did the same thing.  Yes, he already won a title in Miami, but he won it against a choking Dallas team.  Now we'll never know if he could have grown further and brought Miami back to glory on his own.

You see, by association Wade is no better than James and Bosh.  Because these gentlemen want to "microwave" a title—we won't get to see any good basketball.

Imagine the lazy-ass basketball we're going to see from three lazy superstars who don't have the heart to gut it out.

Go ahead—start screaming at your computer—you know I'm right.

And while I'm at it—let's think about what Jordan really said.  He basically called these guys lazy punks for not wanting to compete.

Is there a worse insult an athlete can be given than to be told you are not a competitor?

Well, for Wade, James, and Bosh it might be that their $1,000 shoes are out of stock, or (as George Carlin would say) that Banana Republic ran out of their favorite khakis.

This is the "competition" we're in for if we allow these guys to teach our kids what competition is.

Show your kids some replays of 80s Finals games and compare—I bet my toddler could figure it out.