Has anyone noticed the change in the NBA? Once a star centric league where the star of the team was like the lead singer in boy band. However Today’s NBA is something different entirely. Today’s NBA is more team based with no separation from the team’s star to the last man on the bench, this to me would be what I call the Lebron effect.
Was his time with the Miami Heat considered a dynasty?
In 2010 Lebron James a then free agent did the unprecedented by announcing what team he would be playing for live on ESPN. Now known as the “decision” James received far more scrutiny publicly then could have been expected. Though James was scorned by much of the media and fans alike I believe that James had good intentions.
In what was something of a first in the NBA James took his liberties as a free agent to collaborate with friend and star Dwayne Wade in Miami. Before that you would never see a star of James’s caliber agreeing to go to a team where another star had already set shop. The consensus thought in the NBA had always been there’s only room for one alpha per team.
Aside from agreeing to join Wade in Miami James played the role of GM in getting fellow free agent Chris Bosh to sign in Miami as well. For the first time you had 3 top-tier players who could have been seeking max contract deals agree to take less money in hopes of winning.
NBA Superstars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley feelings on “The Decision”
For past stars who thrived on rivalries and dislike of their opponent many couldn’t understand why Lebron would want to share the spotlight. Michael Jordan was asked what he thought about Lebron joining the heat and had this to say “There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team. Charles Barkley took it a step further saying the move to Miami would affect Lebrons legacy “There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as ‘The Man’ … LeBron, if he would’ve in Cleveland, and if he could’ve got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade’s team. Five years later and 2 championships under his belt it would seem James legacy is still in tact, as they say winning cures all.
Behind the Scenes of the Lebron Effect & how Lebron James changes a city and its fans
The Lebron effect is not only about play on the court, it goes much deeper in to the unity of the team. In the old NBA you would see the star distance themselves from the lesser players on the team. The star would have special privileges that other player didn’t, whether it be a lounge chair in the locker room or a personal driver there was always a clear hierarchy. Many time you would see the star player have no relationship with the last guy on the bench, almost as if he doesn’t exist. Lebron in my estimation changed all that.
In his early years in Cleveland he caught so heat for the pre game clowning around the team would do. Posing for pictures seeming to be a team photo but no cameras where there. All in good taste to me, however there were those that took exception. What I seen was the best player in the league interacting with players that never set foot on the court. Essentially making the 12th man feel as though he an equal.
That resonates to a guy if you ask me, we all want to feel valued and more so Lebron establishing a relationship with each player on the team. Not alienating himself, but bringing everyone one along for the ride making each guy willing to give their all for you.
Present Day Condition of the NBA and superstars moving between teams
Today’s NBA is friendly and more of a team game. In a copy cat league such as the NBA we have seen other players such a Kobe Bryant attempt to lure players to join him for the sake of winning but to no avail. Dwight Howard walked after only one year with the Lakers squandering their hopes of returning to the finals. Lebron seems to have the ability to bring players together and get them to leave their egos at the door, not easy to do. Lebron has affected the NBA in ways that make for a better game, cant wait to see what the future holds.