The looming question is this: Will James now realize, as Cavs owner Dan Gilbert tweeted, that he’s not in an atmosphere of his own? And will he realize that the easy way out doesn’t exist, that even choosing two superstar teammates means a championship takes chemistry, hard work?
LeBron has time to accept that, and his personal reflection will be the difference. It’s a lesson in life. Dallas won because the Mavericks learned that even if talented players mesh with the game’s bests, individuals can’t be stagnant. They needed the passion of the little kid in the driveway, too naive to not work his butt off.
Apply that to your life. If you worked hard for anything, you know it really wasn’t about the money or who you knew that ultimately made you happy – for LeBron, money is in the millions and who he knows are his superstar teammates. In your job or in your hobby, gratification and meaning came in your hard work that led to success, not inherently in the success itself. It’s the whole “the journey is greater than the destination” cliché.
And in the NBA, LeBron’s move from Cleveland to Miami hinted he only wanted the destination: Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would take James’ stagnant game over the top, he might have thought. Maybe he believed he could win without improving, without discovering a post-up game and without doing what every little kid would dream of practicing in their backyard had they imagined themselves in a 6-foot-8, 250 pound frame.
And now that they have failure under their belt, that’s exactly why it’s a travesty should LeBron James fail with the Heat.
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