Reggie Miller: Dwyane Wade is Derek Jeter, LeBron James is Alex Rodriguez
Wattage aside, perhaps the Miami Heat’s cast of superheros — or villains, depending on your point of view — will not be led by King James. TNT’s Reggie Miller said the Heat’s star system is simple: " Dwyane Wade is the Derek Jeter here. LeBron James is the Alex Rodriguez. One of those guys will have to sacrifice, and it will have to be LeBron. This is still Dwyane’s team."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Sorry Reggie, but Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are different than Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
First, Wade and James are boys. They wanted to play together. They’ve been scheming on this longer than you’ve been dead weight on TNT’s broadcast staff.
Jeter and Rodriguez aren’t close. They were forced to play together. They tolerate each other. It’s a professional relationship. Nothing more.
Second, basketball is more of a team sport than baseball. In the NBA, truly great players transcend statistics and bring out the greatness in each other.
LeBron will be a Magic Johnson style distributor for the Miami Heat. His points will decrease, but his assists will skyrocket, propelling the Three Kings deep into the playoffs.
This won’t diminish LeBron’s status. It will do the opposite. In the NBA, great players make those around them better and procure championships. They don’t worry about ‘sacrificing’ regular season scoring numbers.
That’s the difference between basketball and baseball.
To be a crème de la crème talent in the NBA, a player must stack Larry O’Brien trophies. It’s the only currency of greatness. It’s the sole measuring stick. So players are willing to work together.
MLB is a numbers game. It’s more an individual sport. A player can be an all-time great if he has ‘his’ statistics. Team success takes a backseat and is less important.
Wade and LeBron aren’t Jeter and Rodriguez. They’ll make their partnership work. They’ll win. And that’s all that should matter.
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