“I’m gonna take my talents to South Beach.” It was today exactly 1 year ago that the sport of basketball was completely shaken up by those 9 words.
Basketball will never be the same.
On July 1st, 2010, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all became free agents.
On July 7th, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both announced that they would be signing with the Miami Heat.
On July 8th, on the ESPN special “The Decision”, LeBron James announced his plan to “take his talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.”
On July 9th, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all signed with the Heat, and then took it to the rest of the league by party in AmericanAirlines Arena with the Heat fans. This is where LeBron uttered the words (regarding how many championships they would win) “not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7.” The Heat had now become the biggest villain in sports. Now, a year later, LeBron is still right, the Heat have won not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, and not 7. In fact, not even 1. The Heat have zero rings (I have the same amount of championship rings as LeBron), and until they get one, they will receive absolutely no respect.
Looking back a year, later, I ask myself, did LeBron make the right decision? The answer is a clear no. He went from America’s sweetheart to America’s villan, but, it’s not about that. It’s about the Miami Heat. LeBron James gave up on the Heat in the Finals, just like he did with the Cavaliers in the playoffs last year. He showed no effort, and he also showed that he cannot lead a team.
I agree that LeBron has been a little too scrutinized and over-analyzed, but, if he just tried in the biggest games of his life, that wouldn’t be an issue. I think LeBron should have gone back with the Cavaliers, because the supporting cast has gotten better, and last year, the only reason they didn’t win it all is because LeBron stopped trying and gave up completely on the team, the fans, and the city of Cleveland. The problem though is that LeBron is still on the Heat. He has now become more of a liability than an asset for Miami. This is because he is not trying his best in the big games.
There is also no doubt that the Celtics’ big 3 is better than the Heat’s because, they have a ring. That is about all there is to it.
Personally, and you all can call me crazy, if I were a Heat fan, I would rather have Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Wade instead of the current “Big 3” (or as I like to call it, the big 2 1/2, because Bosh is not a superstar by any means). This is not because they are better players, it is because they will mesh better with each other. Right now, the Heat don’t have a great point guard or center, which a championship team needs to have, this would solve that.
That is not going to happen anytime soon though so, now, Dwyane Wade has to take control and be the leader of this team, not LeBron.
In the end, LeBron did not make the right decision and now it is clear that LeBron and the Heat need an attitude change.
Until then, lets just keep counting, not 1, not 2, not 3…
By Sam Brief