Lebron James: From Boy, To King, and Now Genius

Charles TownsendContributor IJuly 12, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat is introduced during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the 2011 NBA Champions Miami Heat. I’m sure I’ll get quite a bit of heat, no pun intended, for making such bold prediction. But I’m prepared to handle any backlash I may receive for making that statement as well as the following as this article progresses.

I’m sure most fans are still scratching their heads and wondering, how in the hell did this happen? We all know the process in which this team of “super friends” was assembled. Pat Riley, the architect, used the same tactics as he did in the 05-06 season to lure players such as Antoine Walker, Gary Payton, Jason Williams, and Mourning – who was semi retired before the start of the season. We all know what that resulted in – a championship.

Now he’s at it again, but this time, he’s stacked the deck against the rest of the league. His true genius has now emerged, and we’re about to witness something unprecedented to the likes we’ve never seen in NBA history. Three players, in their prime, playing together for the next 6 years, and if my prediction is correct, will win the championship in all 6. Let me explain before I’m labeled as a moron or something to that effect. It’s probably too late to convince some of  you otherwise.

Lebron’s legacy has been tarnished by his decision to join the Heat. I would have to respectfully disagree with this statement, although its being said by writers who actually get paid to write their opinions; something I only hope to accomplish one day. Lets see, if your comparing him to Jordan or Kobe when making that assumption, then your either a Lakers fan or just a “hater”, in any case, bitterness has never equated to sound judgement.

For one, King James made a business decision, and a very smart one at that. If you remember the terms of his Nike contract, which was reported before he played a professional game, he’ll receive an additional 100 million dollars over the course of time spent in a big market city, such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and of course Miami. There are additional cities but I’m sure we can figure out the rest without saying.

That’s a a very nice check from just one of his many endorsements. So lets see, take less money from the organization, which would free up more money to bring in solid to quality players, and in the process make a ton of money through endorsements, barring the success of the franchise which would appear inevitable. Good job Lebron, this writer takes his hat off to you.

There are too many ego’s on this team to become successful. Even I had fallen victim to this notion and argued its legitimacy among my peers. But when I came to my senses, really thought about it from an objective point of view, that notion is totally wrong. Look here people, we’re not talking about 3 star rookies who haven’t been in the league long and only a few years removed from their high school prom. This tandem of studs have been in the league 7 years, in their mid 20’s, and have enough individual accolades to secure their place among the NBA’s greatest players. Lebron needs a ring, Wade wants another one, and Bosh just wants a seat on this thrilling ride.

The media and fans keep asking how will this work. We keep asking whose going to take the last shot at the end of a close game. Those who keep asking those questions should refer to their Boston Celtics manual which will answer these idiotic inquiries. Taking the last shot in a game can be done by a superstar or a player who happens to have the mental fortitude or open look when the game is on the line.

But instead of asking who will step up in a close game, you should be asking, will this team be in that situation all that very often. In my opinion, they will not, and in the event that a last second shot or play needs to be executed, we should know, as basketball fans, that Mr. James and Mr. Wade are more than qualified to fulfill that particular role in that particular situation. Still not convinced, well lets move on.

This isn’t fair, two of the top three players currently playing shouldn’t join forces, they should welcome the challenge of playing against each other to accomplish their goals. And to add the fact that they’ve included a top 10 player to the mix to ensure this monstrosity isn’t a failed experiment. There’s no more loyalty in NBA today, not like there was during the 80’s, 90’s, and Kobe’s.

Good point, has some validity, but still considered “hating” by most who know the NBA and its history. Where was all this loyalty talk when Clyde Drexler joined the Houston Rockets to win two back to back championships. Was he a traitor to the Trailblazers cause his team couldn’t get what all players would like accomplished when their career is over. What about Garnett, he went to Boston to join Pierce and the newly acquired Ray Allen back in 08. Where was the talk of loyalty and commitment to your team then.

Oh I get it, when commitment is measured now a days we look to the one guy who stayed faithful to his team through thick and thin, Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant. The same guy who was a component in his team not bringing Shaq back because he wanted to be the man. Or the same guy who tried to force a trade with the Chicago Bulls, cause he wanted out of LA. Oh and lets not forget, the only reason that trade didn’t go through is cause of Luol Deng. Do some research and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

If Kobe spent 7 years being a top 10 to top 3 player in the league, without a ring, two seasons as part of the best regular season team, with two MVP’s, he’d have teamed up with two superstars and began his reign of terror on the league, which will be the case come late Oct for Miami. Only difference is, Kobe was given a lot more “gifts” throughout his career than King James.

Yes Cleveland tried to build a team around Lebron, a player who can take over a game and a lot less selfish than Mr. Bryant. And although his team flourished during the regular season, that means nothing once playoffs come around, just ask the Dallas Mavericks.

I too am bitter, being a Bulls fan, and hoping he’d said, “I’ll be taking my talents to the Windy City”, which would have brought joy to my heart, after being broken for many years post Jordan. But can be made at the “Chosen One” to be a part of the NBA’s version of the Avengers, that answer is “Hell Naw”. Who wouldn’t want to play along side Wade and Bosh, two guys in their prime and will remain that for the next 5-6 years. The money generated from this NBA Live created team will be astonishing. Endorsements will fill the pockets of these 3 stars for years to come now that they’ve joined forces in South Beach. And if any of us have paid attention to these players throughout the years, we should know that their going to be just fine.

They want to win, the stats and accolades will follow, whether it’s a 1st team all NBA spot, or 1st team defense. Kobe and Shaq both scored close to 30 points a game during their final few years together. Bosh will sacrifice points, but will still grab 10 plus boards a game and will have is opportunities to put up big numbers if one of the 3 stars are struggling.

At the end of the day, rings are what matter. Ask Charles Barkley. Ask Dominique Wilkins. Ask Karl Malone. Great players, but will be penalized by experts and fans forever because they never reached the promised land. I’m sure they would trade those individual accomplishments for a ring in a heartbeat. Lebron knows this, and so do his peers, now teammates, which puts him ahead of the game. I’ll be watching, as will you, and when its all said and done, we’ll be praising these 3 as they collect trophies, wealth, and accolades till they decide to hang it up.