Why LeBron Won't Join Wade in Miami
Too bad, but it just won't happen.
Despite the mythical Super Summit that sent everyone into a tizzy last weekend, and despite the lure of South Beach and all its wonderful amenities, going to Miami with Chris Bosh to play with Dwyane Wade would do nothing but hurt the reputation James treasures so dearly.
The Heat already won an NBA title four years ago. Wade already has his championship ring. Pat Riley has a handful of them at home from his days with the Lakers.
And everyone knows the sequel is never as thrilling as the original. So why would LeBron do it?
He won't. There are far better mountains for him to plant his flag as the emperor, to reach his goal of becoming a worldwide icon, once he stops all this teasing and makes the final call.
"LeBron going to Miami doesn't make sense when you really think about it,'' said a veteran NBA coach in the Eastern Conference Thursday. "You think LeBron is going to be happy being viewed as Robin to Dwyane Wade's Batman? And that's how it would look. It's not happening.''
If James wins his first title in Cleveland, New York or New Jersey -- teams and cities that are starved for it -- it would build his brand to unbelievable proportions. Savior stuff.
If he wins a title in Miami, what does it prove? That it took great players to help him accomplish what he is good enough to do by himself? Wade would always have one more ring than LeBron, and it's a franchise still under the direction of Riley, arguably the finest coach in history. It would be the surest way for James to take a step backward in etching his legacy in basketball.
Cleveland would elect him mayor if it happens there. New Jersey would give him Moscow as a thank-you present. He would be the greatest star in the greatest city if he did it in New York.
Wade, James and Bosh playing together sounds like fun, and would entertain us immensely, but why would The King suddenly want to become one of The Three Musketeers? Again, that's not his style.
"After all this foolishness is over, LeBron knows that he wants to be the one at the top of the mountain,'' said the coach, who asked that his name not be used. "I just can't see him in Miami waiting around for Dwyane Wade to get him the ball.''