Initially I wasn't all too happy with LeBron's decision to join the now-stacked Miami Heat. In my last post dedicated to the subject, I stated that it may severely hurt his legacy. After soaking it up for a few days and staying away from the media coverage of it all, I've come to the conclusion that I actually think it will help his image. Sure, people will always say that he had to go to an engineered all-star team to win - whereas Michael (and even Kobe) stayed on their teams and created champions...but I think this was a big step for LeBron. Why?
My perspective is that his decision showed humility, which is hard to believe considering the heavy criticism of his selfish nature - especially displayed during the free agency process. LeBron wants to win championships, not just regular seasons. He did what he could, basically by himself, in Cleveland. He knows he needs help to win, and I greatly respect him for admitting that "weakness," if you may.
As much as he is a leader, LeBron needs someone to make plays with him. He needs someone who he can create plays for and will want to take the last shot to win the game. He needs someone to take some of the undeserved pressure off of his 25-year old shoulders. Because of these needs and many more, I feel by him following his heart and making the tough decision to leave his hometown, he took a big step as a basketball player. I may not agree with how the situation was handled, but I don't condemn him for it. None of us could handle the pressure this guy is under, especially being only 25 and having to deal with it since he was in high school.
I hope to see people chill out a little about the whole subject. Don't point fingers and don't condemn. Everyone is human and everyone makes their own decisions for their own reasons. Let's enjoy what the NBA has in store for us this up-coming season and just see what happens. Who knows? Maybe Dan Gilbert was right: maybe Cleveland will win a championship before LeBron?? Hahaa...