The Biggest NBA Free Agency Story Debate… Super Friends in Miami

Read the opposing arguments from Loyal Homer and Sports Geek.

It’s over! Done! Finished!

No, I’m not talking about the mind numbing drama of the LeBron James free agent extravaganza. I’m talking about the 2011 NBA playoffs. That’s right, I said it. Mark it on your calendars – July 8, 2010 – a date which will live in sports infamy because it is the day the Miami Heat won the NBA championship before the season even started.

In the immortal words of Will Smith, “Welcome to Miami, Bienvenido a Miami.” This city has just become the center of the basketball universe as three real life supermen – LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh – converge on the same team and leave the rest of the league reeling in the wake of this Earth shattering decision. This is the single most shocking development in NBA free agent history. Never before have stars of this caliber collaborated to assure the creation of a super team and potentially one of the greatest dynasties in sports history.

For all the doubters and haters out there that question if three such stars can coexist and work well together I’d like to point out they already have. James, Wade, and Bosh are a world class trio and they’ve got the gold to back it up. Former Olympic teammates, the fearsome threesome helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in basketball at the most recent Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Olympic teams are comprised of the best players each country has to offer, and now three of the best players from the world’s best team will be running the boards during each home game in South Beach next season. One key to the Dream Team Reboot’s success was a less selfish approach to the game, something we are going to see demonstrated all season long in Miami next season. They have done it before, and they are going to do it again. Coexistence won’t be a problem, but deciding how to divide a league MVP three ways might be.

While I don’t pretend to be a soothsayer or fortune teller, anyone can see the writing is on the wall for the Heat to win multiple championships over the next five years. They pretty much have to, because LeBron’s legacy is riding on it. He cited the urgency to “win championships” as one of the most important factors in his decision. Wade and Bosh figure to help him do exactly that, and continue doing it for a long time to come. Last night during the ESPN coverage of “The Decision” Michael Wilbon said he thought that the Heat were likely to win three championships over four years. I think that’s a conservative estimate.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good teams out there, but they won’t be able to compete with this new breed of mega team. Riding the success of just one of these stars, Wade, helped the Heat make the 2010 playoffs. LeBron alone was enough to lead the Cavaliers to the conference semifinals, where his team even took a couple of games from the eventual conference winning Boston Celtics. Add them together, and throw Bosh in the mix, and this looks more like an honest to goodness All-Star team than anything else.

There is no way anyone else can compete with the Heat now, especially since a number of teams mortgaged their immediate future attempting to clear space for James. The Knicks have a great weapon in newly acquired forward Amar’e Stoudemire, but the Heat have three times the talent (if not even more) in James, Wade, and Bosh. While the Knicks wait yet another year to fill in the missing pieces to the puzzle (and Knicks fans made no bones about who they want as chants of “Car-mel-o, Car-mel-o, Car-mel-o” filled the night sky around the Garden yesterday), the Heat will be dominating each and every game.

Despite tough words from the Cleveland’s owner, the Cavs now face the uphill battle of building a winning team without the anchor they’ve relied on for the past seven seasons. The voodoo-esque curse that he tried to saddle LeBron with, that he wouldn’t win a championship until he does right by Cleveland, is ridiculous for a two reasons: a) Dan Gilbert is an NBA owner not a gypsy and b) LeBron already did right by the Cavaliers for the past seven years. There is no way Cleveland poses a threat to Miami. The only team that stands a chance is the L.A. Lakers.

With the magic of yet another Phil Jackson three-peat in the making, Kobe Bryant will match his best against the Miami Triad. That seems more like a fair fight, but the smart money remains on the triumvirate of league greats. Kobe is great, arguably the greatest player of all time, but can even he hang with James, Wade, and Bosh? Only time will tell.

The emergence of the Super Team in Miami is revolutionary, athletes of the highest caliber placing winning above money and team above self. It is a model in sports that has a proven track record, but rarely been implemented. I do not think this will inspire other stars to follow suit, but it will make for the most interesting basketball of our generation.

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10 Responses to The Biggest NBA Free Agency Story Debate… Super Friends in Miami

  1. Cavs2k11 says:

    I dont have to finish your article because its lame and plain stupid…

    • Sports Geek says:

      I completely agree. Unfortunately, it is a valid argument.

    • Babe Ruthless says:

      Well Cavs2K11 here is a bit of brutal honesty for you.

      I’m betting the real reason you can’t finish my article is that you can’t read through all your tears, since you Cavs fans are still crying over spilled milk.

      Yes, LeBron left town and it was probably so he could get the stink of losing off of him. Obviously he couldn’t do it alone and Cleveland never brought in a Wade or Bosh to help him get there. Cleveland was lucky to watch him play for as long as they did.

      Suck it up and move on. The rest of the country doesn’t care anymore.

      Warmest Regards,

      Babe Ruthless

  2. miamiheat2k10 says:

    multiple championship in 5 years??

    come on men, that’s how you JINX a team
    and I hope you JINX them, coz they SUCK!!

    Le Bron does not have anything for his loyal fans in Cleveland!!

    NEVER a KING, NEVER WILL, NEVER WAS..

    I am a Heat Fan but I am a Lebron Hater…

    KOBE IS THE REAL KING (In this GENERATION!!)

    • Sports Geek says:

      At the press conference in Miami LeBron technically promised 7. I’m not math genius, but that does not add up.

      Your objectivity is noted. Respect from us, too.

    • Babe Ruthless says:

      miamiheat2k10,

      You will get no argument from me that Kobe is the best player in the NBA if not the best of all time.

      I’m sticking to my guns on the multiple championships thing though. He may not deliver 5 or 7 but I think 2 or 3 is a given.

      Thanks for reading.

      Babe Ruthless

  3. Well, at least the 48 hours prior to LeBron’s announcement gave us all some interesting Twitter-reading.

    http://sportschump.net/2010/07/09/lebron-james-mania-sparks-an-imaginative-48-hours-on-twitter/4074/

    Dig the site, guys.

    • Sports Geek says:

      Thanks, Chris. The really interesting stuff comes from great sports reporters over the last few days as well. Actually, my favorite stuff has come from LeBron biographer Buzz Bissinger, and Cleveland Plain Dealer Cavs beat reporter Brian Windhorst. If you’re not yet on to those two resources, I recommend checking them out.

  4. I did hear what Bissinger had to say, both on Twitter and on the radio.

    180 degree turn-around but I guess he felt LeBron did the same.

    • Sports Geek says:

      Nicely worded comment, Chris. Bissinger has interesting insights into LeBron. Because he wrote More Than A Game he understand LeBron’s roots and his ambitions better than most. Bissinger’s eviscerating of LeBron post-Decision is telling not so much because of word choice but because of who was choosing them.

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