Love or hate the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade knows that he and teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh set a trend the rest of the NBA will follow for years. “Yes, we have,” Wade said. “I don’t know whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but more guys are going to look to team up and do things like that.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You can’t fault them for what they did. You can, however, fault them for how they did it.
Yesterday Dwyane Wade told media he, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James started a trend for superstar free agents last summer by signing with the Miami Heat.
He’s right. The days of one superstar leading a contender is over. The crème de la crème have to partner up to win an NBA Championship (of course, the new collective bargaining agreement may change this).
Contrary to popular opinion, there’s nothing wrong with great players seeking each other out and deciding to play together.
Free agency is about choice, right?
In fact, it shows this trio values the collective experience of winning more than being The Man on a second rate franchise.
So credit Bosh, James, and Wade for deciding to share, but criticize Bosh, James, and Wade for the way they came to this decision.
Last July, Bosh and Wade took the cameras everywhere. They talked about making a documentary on their free agent experiences; they fired off annoying, mindless tweets.
Bosh, in particular, showed a lack of respect for the Toronto Raptors, the team he led for the previous seven years.
Then there was James. ‘The Decision’ was an exercise in how not to handle free agency. He went from beloved superstar to hated villain.
Bosh and Wade also became bad guys when they pranced on stage and held a championship celebration -even though they hadn’t won a game or practiced together.
Wade is right. The Three Kings started a trend for free agent superstars. Some of it was good; some of it was bad.
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