In the grandest sense, a player’s ego and his game are basically intertwined and triggered by the same nucleus. In LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, you have three alpha ballers, all used to life as top dog and team leader. At just 25, 28 and 26 years of age respectively, it’s tough to imagine that all three of them are all so desperate to win a title that they’d be willing to “do whatever it takes” as it pertains to making all of the right individual adjustments, internally and on the court, without a flinch.
What I find incredibly interesting is that since “LeBron Watch” really exploded following the end of the NBA Finals, the vast majority of the media has not continued questioning King James’ true motivation in choosing the city that he will resume his career in. Is it for a ring? His brand? Money? No one knows but him.
Like I said, the guy flopped on his face in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and didn’t even own up to the cataclysmic turn of events, leaving Cavs fans low and still hanging. What makes everyone think that his desire to make himself “the biggest brand in the world” promptly went out the window with Cleveland’s championship hopes last May?
Obviously, LeBron is a smart guy and he knows as well as anyone else that to win a title, he can’t do it all alone as has been the case pretty much his entire professional career. But at the same time, how much help does he even really want? The tricky thing about carving out a stellar NBA legacy is finding that perfect balance between individual glory and team supremacy.
All superstar players relish the opportunity to make all the big plays in crunch time or that’s how it should be at least. Who will command the spotlight shine last and the brightest amongst the Super Trio?
If anything, I’d say Dwyane Wade, at 28 years old and already having tasted the sweet taste of championship champagne, is the most willing to give up the rock to a guy like LBJ. Giving too much ground to Bosh on the team that he took to the Promised Land however, is probably an idea held in contention given the fact that he is without a doubt, the least touted star of the bunch.
It’s difficult for me to digest the fact that the majority of media coverage surrounding this grandiose concept of an NBA triumvirate has yet to really dissect all of the negative angles when it comes to addressing the issue of whether or not this will really work in the locker room and on the court.
There will barely be enough of the ball to go around between the three superstars so as you can imagine, keeping all of the role players happy could be a prescription that places the coaching staff on a daily Advil regimen as well.
NEXT: So will it work or what?