A King in Search of a Ring: How LeBron James May Have Saved His Legacy

July 13th, 2010 by Drew Bonifant Leave a reply »
The club is an exclusive one.

Michael Jordan's a member. So is Larry Bird. As are Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bill Russell is the Chairman of the Board.

LeBron James has fallen short of acceptance. This is the Champions Club. No rings, no access. Sorry.

Last Thursday, LeBron made a decision that might get him into the exclusive club. He skipped town and home, joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and formed a trio that could become a championship fixture for the next several years.

He was crucified for this move. An appalled population claimed he was taking the easy way out. He was done fighting for titles. He was diminishing his brand, his image, and his legacy.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

LeBron James is in a position where he has to win now. This free agency period represented the best chance he would ever get to put himself in a position where that could happen.

James decided to become a vital cog of a team that should win, over being the leader of a team that could, maybe, someday, possibly win.

If you think that's hurting a legacy, then y ...

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