The LeBron-athon is Over But Miami Still Needs a Center

Was that LeBron-athon simply the worst thing you’ve ever seen in sports?  Bad for LeBron.  Bad for the NBA.  Bad for ESPN.  Bad, bad, bad.  Not a great lesson for kids, but an example of the world gone whacko.

The Cavs won 66 games in 2009 and 61 games in in 2010 and dominated the NBA regular season, yet was unable to win a championship for the city of Cleveland.

You can win with talent in the regular season, but you need the heart of a champion to win it all.   Just ask Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Tim Duncan.  LeBron just simply isn’t there yet and by going to Miami has decided to ride on Dwayne Wade’s coat tails.  He could have been a real king in Cleveland had he stayed there and won. They were but one player and another season of LeBron maturation away.

Going to Miami may not change his chances much.  If you look at the NBA Champions over the past 10 years they all have one thing in common in addition to a superstar or two, a great center.  Superstars alone don’t get it done.  Those championship centers over the past 10 years were Paul Gasol (2), Kevin Garnett (1), Shaquille O’Neal (4), Tim Duncan (2) and Ben Wallace (1).  People forget Miami won their sole championship in 2004 with Shaq at center. The 90’s had Bill Lambier (1), Tim Duncan (1), Hakeem Olajuwon (2), The MJ Bulls (6).  The 80’s included Kareem (5), Robert Parish (3), Moses Malone (1), Lambier (1).  The only exception perhaps was Jordan’s Bulls, but MJ was simply the best all-around player to ever play the game.  And they had Bill Cartright for the first three and Bill Wennington and Luc Longley for the second three.

LeBron is no MJ.  And he has yet to find his heart.  So, unless Miami finds a center the saga will continue.  Pressure is on big guy.


About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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