Column by Jimmie Fair
Unless you have been living on the Sun, you have heard the news that LeBron James will be playing for the Miami Heat. Now, for me, it was between the Heat and the Knicks. However, I feel bad for the Cavs, being that Cleveland has nothing, and it seems Cleveland will continue to have nothing for years to come.
The Heat, on the other hand, is on now that they have a “Dream Team.” There is no way when you have Bosh, Wade and James that championships should just jump off the wall. I don’t think that teams will lay down for the Heat, but I don’t think most teams will put up much of a fight.
What we have just witnessed with LeBron is a guy who is willing to take less money to get his name in the history books with a championship, and I am not mad at that. However, I don’t think he should show his face in Cleveland for the next four or five years.
However, the question will remain, how will LeBron rank with the greats, many of whom stayed with the same team no matter what: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant? Yet, there have been those who have left their first teams to go own to be greater, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and others. Oh, I almost most forgot that year or so the MJ was cloned and the clone played for the Wizards.
Yet, the legacy of LeBron is still to be written by LeBron, and there is nothing we can do about it. I desire for LeBron all the championships he can get now that Kobe is nearing the end of his career, I feel it is time for the rock to be passed to the future of the league — well, the rock will have to be shared first.
Whose team is it, anyway? Being that that there is only one ball, who will get the ball the most? Yeah, I know, they all want to win, but how in the world can it work? The only way that this works is these guys truly want to share the ball and help each other. We must not forget that these three guys have played together before, and they have won a gold medal. However, we must not forget, that Kobe, Melo, and a few other all-stars were on that team.
These guys know how to play with each other, and they already have a working dynamic. I don’t think it will take much to get the car running, although getting each person their time in the limelight is going to be a test.
We also most remember that this is Wade’s team, this is Wade’s city, and if LeBron wants to stay in good standing with South Beach, he has to know his role and play his part well. There are three Alfa males now in South Beach, and for the fans of the sport, we have a lot of basketball to watch in the coming years.