I’m aware that the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (a worthy cause), but LeBron’s one-hour ESPN special hits new heights of jackassery.
Its important to note that Kevin Durant just signed a five year extension with the Thunder. The only word of it was through his Twitter account. Kevin Durant is not a self-absorbed individual.
Joe Johnson, who was eliminated in the same round of the NBA playoffs as LeBron James, didn’t need an hour-long press conference (preceeded by a three-hour SportsCenter) to announce his decision to return to the Hawks. The same can also be said for Chris Bosh and he’s decision to head to play for the Miami Heat.
Durant, Johnson, and Bosh are not as talented as LeBron James. But, they’ve been just as successful as he has. None of them have an NBA championship… a fact that gnaws at Prince James on a daily basis.
See what I did there? LeBron calls himself a king. But how can one be king without any rings? If anyone is king of the NBA, it has to be Kobe Bryant, whose Laker squad just celebrated another NBA title.
LeBron will decide tonight sometime after 9 p.m. Where he chooses to play will have a big impact on his legacy as a player in this league.
If LeBron decides to stay in Cleveland, he’ll retain his status as a beloved icon in Northeastern Ohio. He’ll be viewed alongside Michael, Magic, and Bird as guys that were incredibly loyal to a team and two a city. If he wins a title, or more in Cleveland, he’ll be able to claim the credit.
But, LeBron has already tried in Cleveland. While the Cavs have been proactive in attempting to surround him with talent, its hard to win titles relying on guys like Delonte West, Mo Williams, and Anderson Varejao.
Despite the speculation, I don’t think he’ll wind up in Miami. Yes, the supporting cast is better than the one he’ll find in Cleveland. Yes, LeBron isn’t so selfish that he’s unwilling to share the basketball. Yes, this team would be essentially destined to run roughshod over the rest of the league.
BUT… winning a title in Miami would be a hollow victory. People said Kobe couldn’t win a title without Shaq. They’ll certainly be saying that LeBron couldn’t win a title without Dwayne Wade. This isn’t a Jordan/Pippen situation. Scottie Pippen was never closed to being regarded as one of the game’s best players. No matter how many titles LeBron wins in Miami, people will forever say “he couldn’t have done it without D-Wade.”
I don’t think LeBron wants that kind of kink in his legacy. Lord knows Kobe didn’t, thats why he ran Shaq out of town. If LeBron wants a chance at a title, right away, untainted by the visage of Dwayne Wade, he’ll go to Chicago.
It’s all there. A promising point guard (Derrick Rose), a stellar front-line (Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah), and the money that Miami won’t have to go out and get additional help if necessary. That Bulls line-up would be the best in the league, and there’d be no doubt that it was LeBron’s team.
This ESPN thing has shown us that Bron Bron is a selfish guy. He’ll go to Chicago so he can win and not have to share the spotlight.