Stop Blaming LeBron: The New Miami Heat Wasn't His Fault

Ben GoldsteinContributor IIIJuly 21, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  Chris Bosh #1, Dwyane Wade #3, and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat are introduced to fans during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and all the others who have called out LeBron James for joining the Heat need to stop complaining.

First of all, LeBron isn't the only superstar to team up with the Heat. Chris Bosh did the same thing and should get some flak as well, if any is deserved. But the blame doesn't stop there.

Dwyane Wade is also a suspect in this because it could be said that he brought these superstars together to make the new Miami Heat.

Who can blame any one of these superstars for teaming up to build a dream team? None of them were bitter rivals before, like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. They are very close friends who get along very well.

And trust me, Cleveland, I know how you feel, but the management never helped LeBron in Cleveland. It got him Mo Williams, who was an All-Star probably just because LeBron was playing with him.

Then the management signed 37-year-old Shaquille O'Neal, who has as many miles on him as my '85 Oldsmobile Bravada.

Then the worst trade was bringing Antawn Jamison to the Cavs after he averaged 22 points per game for the Washington Wizards, who were without their leading scorer, Gilbert Arenas, for the entire season.

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So that trade turned out to be a bust.

After seven years of hard work, he led one of the worst teams to 60 wins each season and turned the depressed sports city of Cleveland into one of the most exciting places in the country.

And that one hour special that LeBron had—sure, it was a bit too dramatic, but why blame that on him? ESPN always does this sort of thing and overemphasizes events like the LeBron countdown. ESPN had hyped it up for about 50 days beforehand.

LeBron wanted to have such a publicized announcement, with all the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls club, so he could allowed members of the club to sit and watch.

So let's not blame LeBron just because he helped a sports-depressed city out of a hole and didn't get any help from the management.