You have to believe that LeBron James is extremely pumped up for the season to start. You also have to believe that all of the heat and criticism he has been getting since his controversial decision is only going to motivate him to the highest degree.
To begin with, MJ began the bullying rampage by going on record to say "There's no way with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, "Hey, look, lets get together and play on one team, but things are different. I can't say thats a bad thing. It's an opportunity kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."
Next Larry Bird gave Lebron a piece of his mind by saying, I remember back in my days, I'd rather play against Earvin Johnson than play with him," he said. Also he went on to say that "it would have been too easy if we played together. (referring to Magic)
Finally, Magic voiced his opinion by telling reporters, we didn't think about it ( joining Larry Bird) because thats not what we were about, from college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird."
As you can see, the old farts, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, are on a LeBron rampage. Clearly, they are very jealous and envious of the fact that the opportunity to play together just never presented itself.
The NBA legends need to stop hating on the big three in Miami and need to stop trying to steal the spotlight in order to satisfy their egos. Their time for glory and greatness is over. If anything, they should be respecting and admiring LeBron's decision.
LeBron had an old school mentality when contemplating which team to ultimately sign with. His decision proved that he chose winning over everything else. He reached the conclusion that nothing was more important than winning. How can you criticize him for wanting to win and for wanting to be part of a potential dynasty?
LeBron's decision was truly selfless. He left some money on the table to sign with the Heat and he showed that he was willing to sacrifice his stats and personal achievements in order to accomplish true greatness. His decision is emblematic of the fact that a team's accomplishments can mean a lot more to an individual compared to personal accomplishments such as records and All Star numbers.
Also his decision was both remarkable and unprecedented. This is the first time in NBA history where three great players have decided to team up together via Free Agency.
Collective psychology is based on the fact that it is a lot more exciting to accomplish great things with a group of individuals who you love and respect, rather than doing it all by yourself.
You can't tell me that Jordan, Bird and Magic would not have teamed up together if they were given the opportunity.
Don't forget that these three legends had plenty of talent around them as well. Magic had Kareem and James Worthy. Jordan had his Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Bird had Kevin Mchale and Robert Parrish.
The game has evolved exponentially since the 80's and 90's. There had never been a free agent class with as much star power as this one. Also, there had never been a Free Agency in professional sports with so much hype, excitement and expectancy.
Jordan, Bird and Magic must have known that something off the charts and completely mind boggling was going to occur. At the end of the day, LeBron was a Free Agent who honored his contract. Therefore, he owed the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland absolutely nothing.
The bottom-line is that the Cavaliers failed to build a championship caliber team around the King. Were the Cavaliers committed to excellence? Definitely! Did they try to get talent around him? Absolutely! However, when it was all said and done, they failed to help LeBron win a championship.
LebBon became sick and tired of carrying a franchise on his back for seven straight years. He wanted to go to a team where he could win immediately. He did not want his future legacy to reflect zero championship rings.
Moreover, you cannot question LeBron's competitive drive. It drives me crazy every time I hear someone criticize his competitiveness. Isn't having a tremendous desire to win multiple championships emblematic of a player's competitive fire? Winning is what truly defines competitiveness.
LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh still have to go through Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, the experienced Boston Celtics and the deeply talented Orlando Magic. It is not like LeBron is trying to eliminate the competition. There is still plenty of competition in the NBA. Competitiveness is not just about beating another player or being better than someone else.
At the end of the day, LeBron did what was best for LeBron.. He ensured his personal happiness and success for the future.