Thursday, July 8, 2010

Powerhouse or Outhouse?

I have been told that I need to post an entry that has nothing to do with sports but with all the hype leading up to "The Decision" I felt that it was responsibility to put in my 2 cents. 

Now we all know that Chris Bosh has already publicly announced his decision earlier this week to team up with Dwayne Wade and form what should be a significantly better basketball team.  Now with all the rumors surrounding Lebron's decision of going to Miami, the media is already dubbing Miami as an All-Star team.  A powerhouse if you will.  As of right now, the Miami Heat have Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasely on their roster.  That's it!  Wade and Bosh aren't officially signed and Pat Riley cleared all his players out to clear cap room or they are all unsigned free agents.  You think if Lebron decides to go to Miami, Udonis Haslem will get re-signed?  I didn't think so.  In order for all three of these big names to receive max contracts, Beasely has got to hit the bricks, too.  Mario Chalmers is nowhere near the caliber point guard needed to run an offense loaded with Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh.  He's out of there.  Now what?

Don't get me wrong, Lebron, Wade, and Bosh would be a coach's, owner's, and pretty much a whole city's wet dream if they all teamed up.  The thing is, you have to pay them like superstars.  Personally, I do not agree with labeling Chris Bosh a superstar.  Let's break down his resume real quick.  7 years as a pro.  11 career playoff games.  Never has gotten out of the first round.  Chris Bosh's only big game he has played in was on the 2008 Olympic team when they won the gold medal.  Superstars are athletes who can be surrounded by mediocre, good players and make them great players.  Superstars, in my opinion are players like Lebron, Wade, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard.  Toronto essentially had a JV squad and Chris Bosh was that Senior who is good but not good enough to play Varsity.  Chris Bosh is an All-Star but not a superstar. 

Let's fast forward to July 9th.  Lebron has announced that he will be signing with the Miami Heat and it is now Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.  Michael Beasley is traded to the Charlotte Bobcats and Mario Chalmers was shipped out to Portland. Ok, now Pat Riley has 9 roster spots to fill with virtually no money. Word is, Pat Riley was working out a couple players from Lorain County Community College after he made his pitch to Lebron. After all, once he breaks the bank on his 3 (2 in my opinion) superstars, he will only be able to afford scrub players. This is exactly why this "dynasty" talk needs to come to a halt. Let's say Lebron goes down with a torn ACL, you have Wade and Bosh as your offense. Bosh pulls down 10 boards a night and can't bang in the paint with the likes of Dwight Howard. Wade can't carry all the work load, especially with his history of injuries. You now have 9 minimum salary players going against real pros. That my friends is a recipe for disaster.

So before Cleveland fans get all down and upset about your alleged "Savior" or "King" leaving the beaches of Lake Erie for South Beach, just remember that the grass might not always be greener on the other side.  The Cleveland Cavaliers is still a great franchise with a great owner.  Dan Gilbert is a loyal guy and he won't get up and sell the team just becuase his prized player ditched him.  In my mind, this will only be a motivator to build a championship team and we all know he will spend whatever it takes to do that.  So if at 10:01 tonight, Lebron James is on his way to Miami to sign his $100 million dollar contract, don't be discouraged Cleveland because that isn't Lake Erie you're smelling, it will be the outhouse Pat Riley just built down in Miami.

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