LeBron James makes disappointing choice to go to Miami
July 8, 2010
(ChattahBox) – I am actually a longtime Miami Heat fan, so this isn’t about being mad that my team didn’t get his services. If LeBron James wants to abandon his hometown for a better chance to win a championship that’s something I can understand. I think the Cavaliers had plenty of time to put a foundation in place and they failed to do so. Joining the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets really would have made them fun to watch and allowed the NBA’s reigning two-time MVP to put his stamp on a franchise that wasn’t otherwise close to being a championship caliber team yet. But to go to a team where the deck is already stacked with two other free agent superstars in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh is really kind of disappointing. Rumor is the Heat will also try to trade forward Michael Beasley to create additional salary-cap space to sign a complementary player like Mike Miller. In this perfect storm I expect Heat president Pat Riley will announce he will be returning to coaching, as he hasn’t been shy about doing so when he thinks he has the horses for a championship run. There will be talk of whether Wade and James can share the ball, particularly at crunch time, but I think it will ultimately allow each to expend less energy throughout the long grueling season by taking turns. The Heat will certainly be the favorites to win the Eastern conference for years to come but I won’t be cheering for them. Give me a small market team that is able to build through the draft and make some shrewd trades and free agent pick-ups any day. Unfortunately in most major sports today the deck is heavily stacked against that happening very often.