Lebron James. Just saying that name can bring out many different emotions in many people. Some people hate him, others love him and almost everyone HAS to respect his game. Whatever emotion any fan has towards the guy, the fact remains that he is one of the greatest basketball players in the game today. That might be why he is such a polarizing figure. Big stars can definitely take both sides of the coin, the hate and the love, and their ability to take it is part of what made them a big success in the first place.
Everyone knows the story about how he was drafted by Cleveland, played until free agency kicked in and in his words, “took his talents to south beach” to play for the Heat. He orchestrated the whole thing on television which seemed to leave a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth and he also coordinated with the Heat and his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to self anoint themselves as the “big three.” They had a whole entrance on TV introducing the two newest members of the Heat, Bosh and James, to the fans and getting Wade to come out for some interviews with them. It made it seem that with these three players the Heat would be unstoppable. Lebron himself even went on to ramble on about how many championships this team would win with these guys at the helm. He seemed to begin mumbling when he reached about 5 or 6, maybe because he cannot count higher than that or maybe because he knew he would be promising too much.
How does the story end? No one knows yet because his career with the Heat and in the NBA is far from over. Some of his prophecy has come true though. The Heat have really been a great team since he has been there. The franchise had a Championship prior to his arrival, so he did not start from scratch like he was attempting to do in Cleveland, but with him in the line up, the Heat were on a mission. The team delivered. In 2011, the team made it to the Final for the first time since their Championship in 2006. The lost to the experience of Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks led by Dirk Nowitzki. After that season, the Heat looked themselves in the mirror and did not look back. They made it to the Final in the next two seasons and won both times. Lebron's words were coming true. Not one, not two...well, let’s see how far that goes. The East is not exactly easy pickings like it was the last couple of seasons anymore. Many people want the Heat and Lebron to win again. Many people do not. What would a third championship in a row mean to the NBA? To the Heat? To James?
5 The Dynasty
4 The Challenge
3 The Glory
2 The Money
Let’s take a little look at the serious side of this for a minute. Championships make teams money. If a team did not make money with a Championship they could not pay the players more to incentivise them to win more championships. It’s a circle of greed, and perhaps corruption at times, but the point is that a third championship would really make a team richer than it already is. Three years in the positive! That would definitely help.
1 The Revenge
Purely for Lebron of course, the Heat have no beef with the rest of the league or with the fans. Lebron has plenty. All the haters who burned his Cavaliers jerseys, all the fans who said he did not have what it took to win, all the analysts who said he could not get it done when the game was on the line, will all have to eat their words, if they have not already. Two is no easy task but with a third, Lebron can just look them in the eye and they would have no choice but to shut their mouth out of pure, unfiltered respect. He would join the ranks of Jordan, Bryant, Bird, Johnson and others, and no one could say boo.
If Lebron wins three in a row, it will be great for his career, it will be great for his life and great for the NBA.
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