All year I've been back and forth with it in my brain. Perhaps that's why I've found this NBA season so enjoyable. I like being challenged by concepts that can't be tied down or easily traced. I haven't been able to convince myself, one way or the other, whether or not this experiment is succeeding or failing. Is this the start of a new order in the NBA or just an example of young athlete's naiveté? Of course, I'm referring to the Three Blind Mice that are the Miami Heat.
Back in July, when I got the news that LeBron would announce the team he planned to sign with from a YMCA in Connecticut for a one-hour special on ESPN, I knew he wasn't staying in Cleveland. And even if he wasn't leaving, this showed he wasn't really one of them. Cleveland, like Buffalo, is a blue-collar town. We like our athletes to be no-nonsense tough guys who carry themselves as we do, with few complaints and very little flash. And no athlete who connects with and understands such a place would need to announce that he was resigning on national television, hundreds of miles away.
But the depth of LeBron's ignorance is a conversation for another post. The question that intrigues me more than any other is this... has LeBron James irrevocably altered the landscape of the NBA? Is every superstar in the league now planning on forming their own super group?