"To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them." -Charles de Montesqieu
And so the decision was set, the King was heading to Miami as his once loyal subjects burned him in effigy. Soon the national media would follow lambasting every twitch of his face, every insignificant detail of his facial expressions as he delivered the words that will forever echo in the hallowed out hearts of Cleveland sports fans everywhere; "I'm taking my talents to South Beach". Seven words that have forever changed the landscape of the NBA.
You can see it everywhere, in the rash reaction of a jilted owner, in the depressing tweets of a former running mate, and most of all in the reactionary angst of the so-called "expert" analysts, those venerable sports writers who all thought that they knew this kid all too well, that the ego of a self-proclaimed king would be too big to share the spotlight. But they were wrong. Now these festering boils in the dark crack of journalism are trying to dig their way out of the graves they had dug for themselves by bashing anything and everything about the athlete they once showered so much praise onto. Why? Because they are all afraid. Afraid that someone they had built up, spoiled, and coddled throughout the years has done something that all kids do when they get to a certain age, they stand up and make their own decision. A decision that did not go with the story line they had already set forth, so now they come up with their excuses, they blame his management team as if he is nothing more than a puppet dancing on strings, they blame his insecurities, his inner demons, without acknowledging the simple possibility that they failed to account for, that for Lebron James this is and was always about basketball. They say that with this move he has officially dropped out of the running for the greatest of all time and that may be true. He will never be known now as the GOAT, the best individual player to ever play the game. But now he has a chance to be part of the best team to ever play in the NBA, and less we soon forget basketball IS a team sport. It may take a couple of seasons or it might come instantly but I believe this team could rival the Celtics dynasty that won eight championships in a row, the rest of the league is scared...and it should be.