South Beach Bound

Miami's new big three

By Ben Linton

Its not very often in sports when a “King”, an MVP, and a hero in his hometown, leaves and bolts for greener pastures. That is exactly what LeBron James, the most prized free agent in NBA history, did when he ditched Cleveland for Miami yesterday.

It took eight days of madness, maximum sports coverage, and even a hour-long special on ESPN for James to announce his decision. But ultimately LeBron James will be on the Heat next year, along side Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, making a big three that surpasses the one in 2007 when the Celtics got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to go along with their own Paul Pierce.

Now why would the King leave his legacy and hometown in Cleveland? For one thing and one thing only: winning. One thing that I can respect about LeBron James is that he is more interested in rings then the price of his paycheck. This event has been unprecedented in any other sport, you never see athletes sacrificing their egos and money for the sake of the team and having a greater chance to win. Most times the athletes are portrayed to the public and greedy and self-centered, and this was a very unselfish move by LeBron, Bosh, and Wade; they all have to sacrifice for all three of them to be in Miami.

“You become a superstar as an individual, but a champion as a team” -LeBron James

So as for LeBron’s legacy in Cleveland? Well, his jerseys are being burned, angry letters are being sent, and he will probably become the biggest pariah in the city since Art Modell moved the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore. I really don’t think you can blame LeBron for leaving. In seven years in Cleveland, James made it to the Finals only once, where he and his Cavaliers were overmatched by the better team in the Spurs. In 2009 and 2010, James led the Cavs to the best record in the NBA in the regular season, but in the playoffs were knocked out by better teams in the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.

I think what LeBron gained from these experiences is that he can’t do it all on his own, he simply is not that great of a player. Bottom line, Cleveland did not do enough to keep LeBron. They never got the supporting cast around him that he so desperately needed, and is Byron Scott really that much of a better coach then Mike Brown to lure the King into staying? I don’t think so. So now in Miami when LeBron has an off night, he can rely on his supporting cast to pick him up and still get the W. Call it the easy way out, call it gravytraining, call it betrayal, the man will win championships in Miami. And if that’s all LeBron James wants, then thats what LeBron James will get.

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