mr chips: you ARE the man.
I (obviously) couldn’t have said it better.
ancient: definately my point about shaq being his own man – and he was loved – he even appeared in Looney Toon movies.
Shaq basically did the same thing Lebron did. Got drafted to a below average team. Won rookie of year, went to playoffs (shaq took orlando to NBA Finals and beat MJ and the Bulls en route) and then left at the first chance to play for the Lakers for the sole reason to win an NBA championship, which was NOT going to happen in Orlando (their NBA Finals appearance was flukish – considering “Da Bulls” and the Pistons).
It took Shaq a few seasons to pull it off in LA. He had injuries and then when Kobe arrived, it all fell into place. He ultimately got 3 titles in LA.
THEN went to Miami when the shiny penny of Kobe/Shaq team went dull, and a won another Championship.
He single handledly put Orlando Magic on the map, won 4 rings on two different teams and is Hall-of-Fame bound. And still, he plays.
Now, I don’t know if Lebron will have anywhere near that career. but, so far, Lebron’s career looks akin to Shaq’s early years in that he took a nobody team and made them contenders, and has left to go on a team with a much better chance of winning the NBA crown.
Since the Cavs got their money’s worth, I don’t see why he’s a traitor. Players who leave are called traitors, owners who get rid of players are called traders.
And, given that it still takes time to build a winner, even with top players, I don’t think the Heat have to win next year to make the move a good career move for Lebron. It’ll take a few years before that comment can be made.
mr. chips: btw – also: so, so true about MJ’s Bulls team. They had a lot of good players. Same is true for Pistons, Celtics, etc. You’re totally right.