Did The LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh Heat Live Up To Expectations?
It was exactly two, actually. Any self-respecting hoops fan would know precisely what these words are. The simple enumeration isn’t that of a child learning how to count, but instead straight from the mouth of Florida’s then-latest resident – LeBron James.
These were the words LeBron James uttered in reference to how many championships his new team, the Miami Heat, would win. I remember my own thoughts when this went down. It was a mixture of dueling emotions between denial and acceptance, “Oh man, I hope not.” versus “But he’s probably right.”
James joined his buddies Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach and turned into a massive villain in the process. He shunned his hometown of Cleveland after failing to win them a title, then created a super-duper team with two other all-NBA talents. He did it on live television too, just to make sure everyone watched it unfold. It somehow felt like WWE chairman Vince McMahon organized the heel turn himself.
But at the same time, it felt entirely possible.
Here was LeBron James, fresh off winning back to back Most Valuable Player awards, joining a team with no-doubt top-five players at the time in franchise favorite Dwyane Wade, and perennial Raptors all-star Chris Bosh. Who could possibly compete with that?
Although James was still dealing with his own inability to carry a team to a title, here was Wade who’d already done it before, ready to fill in any gaps if need be. But at the same time ...
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