A Guest Post By: Mark McCorrmick, Boston, MA
After much deliberation, one thing is clear – Lebron James will be chasing championships – and all other NBA teams should take notice. Unlike most other NBA stars, James decided not to blindly follow a maximum money contract, thus ignoring a shot at a NBA Championship (Joe Johnson, please stand up). Lebron will be ready, poised and almost expecting the Championship trophy upon the completion of the 2010-‘11 NBA season. By joining the Miami Heat, Lebron is joining forces with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade – an unbelievable combination of players that all share one powerful trait: a ferocious desire to win.
James already has an amazing supporting cast, and only three other players are under contract – Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller. This classy trio of veterans understands how to work together and succeed. While often overshadowed by Kobe and Lebron, it is imperative to not forget how dynamic of a player Dwayne Wade is. He can flat out do it all. Wade is as good and selfess as they get and always stayed loyal to the Heat during the entire free agent process.
Instead of Wade County, the County of Pat Riley could be a more appropriate name. Heat fans should feel blessed to have such a negotiating genius in Riley, a proven winner. He approached free agency like a chess match, every move calculating, ultimately putting the rest of the league in check by landing Bosh and James. The overwhelming sentiment seems to be that James made a mockery of his legacy and everything he stood for as a result of his public relations free for all. It was a selfish act that will not soon be forgotten by Cleveland, New York, New Jersey and Chicago fans. Cleveland, I regret to inform you, but you’re irrelevant status is back and firmly cemented for the immediate future.
I want Lebron to be happy and win many championships – clearly he desires the same things. He understands that regardless of personal prowess, his journey both on and off the court will never be truly complete without him hoisting the trophy in the last game of the season. It is ironic that the notion of Wade, Bosh and James merging into an NBA juggernaut is perceived as selfish; the new and imposing big three will all be taking pay cuts for the next six years. How does this not speak to their unconditional devotion to winning? They also all seem to understand that signing versatile role players is a major key to their championship hopes. Teams need cap space to do this; the John Paxson’s and James Posey’s of the world that every GM salivates at bringing in, especially at a reduced price, is now an absolute requirement to bringing Miami a NBA championship. Many modern day role players entering the twilight of their careers will take pay cuts because they have financial security that is more than sustainable and just want to win championships, knowing the end is near.
James, Wade, and Bosh are in the primes of their careers and could receive anything they wanted approaching the free agent market by themselves. One thing is for certain: regardless of whether or not the Heat win the championship next season, it will be fun to watch and filled with epic highlights and circus like performances on a nightly basis. The highly touted trio could be even better than we can imagine. Watch out South Beach, now you have something to celebrate that is hotter than JLO’s highly insured ass; BoshWadeJames2k10. Enjoy fans, enjoy.