When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
Sorry but when you win back to back MVP awards, you are not going to magically turn into a sidekick.
Wade has never been the sole captain of his team before, why would he be now? Shaq was always the leader, and when he left, Haslem became Co-Captain with Wade.
Haslem is Batman. Wade and Lebron can be a siamese Robin.
Kareem won a title way back with the Milwaukee Bucks. An aging Oscar Robertson and a young Bobbie Dandridge was on that squad. It was only the Bucks third year in existence.
Short term, this is going to hurt LeBron. But, realistically, he didn't do anything illegal. Perhaps you could say it was morally wrong to do what he did but people are going to disagree about that. People will forget about this and root for LeBron again. Perhaps without the same fervor as before but people without a dog in this hunt are going to root for arguably the best player in the game. People rooted for Kobe again and at the minimum, he cheated on his wife. Kobe excelled and led his team to 2 titles. If LeBron does the same thing, everyone who isn't a CLE fan will forget about all of this. Plus there will be another Olympics in 2 years. LeBron is a cinch to make the team if he chooses to play. That will also go a long ways in turning people back around on him - especially if they win the Gold again.
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
LeBron has a twitvid for you guys....
YouTube - B.o.B - Haterz Everywhere [Feat. Rich Boy] (video)
Before this whole debacle, LeBron was one of those players whose popularity transcended his team, and it showed in merchandise sales and endorsements. When you have a drawn-out free agency sham where fans stage elaborate pep rallies to try to obtain your services, not only in your hometown, but in many other markets, and then you put on a ridiculous infomercial to celebrate your greatness and the importance of your decision, when it now appears that was your choice all along, it ticks off a lot of people, from especially from Cleveland, New York and Chicago. In Cleveland, it hurt not only because it was self-serving and humiliating to do that on Live TV, but it also opened a lot of old wounds and gave certain members of the media the opportunity to make more potshots about how bad it is to live in Cleveland (It's not any worse than living in Cincinnati or Columbus, and a whole heck of a lot better than living in places like Flint, Michigan or Gary, Indiana).
Other than Heat fans, I this kind of stuff makes people think long and hard when deciding whether to spend their money on a superstar's jersey or basketball shoes, or spend it on something a little more lasting. I don't think people will hate him forever, but he's never going to get the same love from the fans that he had before "The Decision." I think it just creates more skepticism and drives a deeper wedge between professional athletes and the fans that buy the tickets to see them. When I think about buying team apparel for my kids, more and more I think it's better to buy them something with no name or number on the back, so they don't become too attached to a particular player.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
I think the Heat is now Lebron's team.
The man most likely to be spinned in this way is Lebron. For instance, though it was a different situation in Boston, despite not being the guy who would most likely take the final shot in a big game, KG was widely hailed as the centerpiece of the team, or at least that's how it seemed to me. I didn't disagree with that either, though thats not really relevant.
But Miami is different, Wade already has a championship, but he achieved that with a different cast and the help of Shaq. We shall see how this whole thing plays out, but i agree with those who have said earlier that it'll probably fall apart within 3 years.