I, along with just about everyone else on the planet, am very tired of all the LeJerk James hype. He's going to NY because he was seen shopping for houses there. He's going to Chicago because he just had his title transferred from a Cleveland company to a Chicago company. He's going to Miami because he flew there Wednesday night. He's going to New York because his special is being filmed just minutes from the Knicks practice facility. Just a bunch of smoke and mirrors and hype.
First, I don't see it working at all in Miami. The Heat are Wade's team. They always will be. He won a championship there. He has played there all his career. If LeJerk goes to Miami, he will be playing on Wade's team. The Celtics were Pierce's team when Ray and KG joined the team. They are still considered Pierce's team. He is the Captain. It worked in Boston because KG and Ray were both able to check their ego at the door and change their roles from THE guy to one of the guys. After watching all this hype about LeJerk's decision, do you really think he can go from being THE MAN to being one of the guys? Can he check his ego at the door and not be the King any more, but one of the princes? I'm not buying that he can.
If LeJerk does go to Miami, I still don't see it working. They will have to fill the roster with vet minimum guys. They won't have the MLE because they were under the cap. When KG and Ray came to the Celtics, they already had the two hardest positions to fill taken care of with Perk and Rondo. They need to find a center for the vet minimum. And Mario Chalmers is no Rajon Rondo.
Also, when I think of those 3 together I think of that LA team that had Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. That team was loaded. They were the favorites to win it all from the beginning. But they couldn't win because that team had no chemistry. There were reports about bickering over minutes, touches and player clashes in practice. Unlike Ray Allen who is great at moving without the ball and then hitting shots off the catch, neither Wade nor LeJerk have that ability. LeJerk and Wade both need the ball in their hands. I just don't see it working.
This whole "Decision" thing has been a debacle. Unlike Amare, Bosh, Boozer, Ray, Pierce, Durant, and every other star who were free agents, LeBron couldn't go to meet with the teams in their cities. He had to have every one of them come to him and make a presentation before "the King." He is making his decision on a one hour ESPN special. Everything about this points to "Look at me - aren't I special?"
Ohio is LeJerk's home. The Cavaliers drafted him and have helped to build him into the star that he is. They went all out last year to build a championship caliber team around LeJerk. They brought in Jamison and Shaq. They went out and got Mo Williams and Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon. They had all the pieces but a team that is centered around one player will never be as good as a team that plays together as a real team. The Celtics proved that in beating the Cavs and the Heat in the playoffs. It wasn't LeJerk's supporting cast in Cleveland that failed as much as it was LeJerk's need to be the center of attention.
If LeJerk's decision is to go anywhere except Cleveland, he is an even bigger jerk than I have always believed him to be (and you can tell I already see him as one of the biggest jerks in the universe). If you are going to rip the heart out of your home town and spit on a city and state that are already struggling, do it quietly. Don't make a spectacle of it on national TV. I think all these rumors about where he is going are just hype to get more people to watch his "special" tonight. I fully expect him to come out (with tears in his eyes, I might add) and say all the reasons he thought about going to Miami, NY, NY, Chi, etc and then say that he just can't leave Cleveland because they have been so good to him and he thinks they can win it there. It's his team and if he wants his legacy to be up there with Kobe and Paul Pierce, then he needs to stay with the same team and build a winner there. Anything less will prove that he isn't the King of Akron (which is what he put as his location on Twitter) and I don't think his ego will stand for that.
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