LeBron James signs with Miami Heat if…
May 14, 2010 by Beatweek
Update: LeBron James has in fact signed with the Miami Heat – here’s the reaction and fallout.
LeBron James is considering finding a new home. The Miami Heat are one player away from being a contender. Dwayne Wade is bound to be getting lonely, not having had a teammate in his league since Shaq left town. And Pat Riley seems willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that the rest of Wade’s prime isn’t wasted, whether that involves committing to remaining with the Heat as an executive (which he’s already publicly done), or throwing the Heat’s current head coach under a bus and taking the coaching reins himself – which he of course hasn’t publicly said he’s willing to do, but it wouldn’t be the first time. But if Riley was willing to take the Heat’s reins because he knew it was the only way to guide Wade and Shaq to a championship, then there’s no reason not to believe he’s willing to do it again if it’s the only way to get LeBron on his roster alongside Wade.
Forget all the talk about LeBron James not wanting to come to Miami for fear that he’ll end up playing second fiddle on Dwayne Wade’s team. LeBron will never, ever win a championship in Cleveland. Or in New York. Or for that matter Chicago. And after what he just went through this month, he likely knows that as well. He also knows that he won’t take a backseat to anyone, in reality or in perception, if he outproduces his teammates – and that includes Wade. If it really is about ego, then what better way for the two superstars to each take their best shot at immortality than to play together every night? With LeBron and Wade on the same team, the championship rings are almost assumable, and then the real battle becomes which of the two can shine the brightest on the same court in the same uniform. What more enjoyable challenge than to try to win on a personal level while simultaneously being in the perfect position to win on a professional level?
LeBron James signs with the Miami Heat if he can wrap his head around the fact that it’s best shot to not only win a championship, but to be perceived as a champion. LeBron James signs with the Miami Heat if Pat Riley is willing to make whatever kind of commitment it takes in order to not only lure LeBron to Miami but also to keep him happy. And most importantly, LeBron James signs with the Miami Heat if Dwayne Wade stays there and wants LeBron to come to town as much as the rest of South Florida does.
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