DWade and LeBron = Jordan and Pippen 2.0
Because the revolution will not be televised…
1. Because Wade is Jordan and LeBron is Pippen.
I want you to “try” and remove whatever preconceived bias or notions you might have with this comparison. It will be tough, I know but bear with me as I make a couple of key points.
The worst thing anyone has ever done is tried to compare LeBron to Jordan, his game just doesn’t fit the mold of MJ. It’s not a bad thing, but what makes LeBron so awesome is that he can literally do EVERYTHANG. The man can score, rebound, dish, defend, and be a ball hawk all in one. For comparison’s sake, LeBron’s a Magic clone on steroids infused with Pippen’s tendencies.
With Wade, he’s all the bit of a closer that Jordan was. Not saying he’s better than MJ, but he definitely can fit that role. He’s also does many things very well, and has in my opinion a more natural ability to score the ball. We all knew Pippen could score, and do it very well, as he proved in the 1.5 seasons that MJ went and played AA ball in Birmingham. But Pippen would never on his best day be able to score more efficiently and effectively than Jordan, and I honestly believe the same holds true for Wade and LeBron.
Plus, think about some other key scenarios. Imagine LeBron leading the second unit like Pippen did? Hell, it’d essentially be like he was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers all over again. Think about that for a second…you’re telling me LeBron and two veterans and two early-year players wouldn’t be formidable? Hell, LBJ was rolling with JJ Hickson, Boobie Gibson, Jamario Moon, and Big Z and was doing quite well. Who’s stopping this? This leads me to my next point…
2. Because what veteran free agent wouldn’t want to play with Wade and LeBron?
We all have seen since the ‘80s where players either late in their career or players who think they could build their cache by winning a title signing with winning teams. I’m just going to thru a group of names out there who will be free agents and you tell me that some of them could sign for the veteran’s minimum (about $4-5 million) and make something happen for a team with DWade and LeBron.
Mike Bibby, Jermaine O’Neal, Kurt Thomas, Brendan Haywood, Carlos Arroyo, Grant Hill, Quentin Richardson, Nate Robinson, Jerry Stackhouse, John Salmons, Travis Outlaw, Raymond Felton, Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson, Flip Murray, Shaquille O’Neal, Ben Wallace, Raja Bell, Drew Gooden, Derek Fisher, Kyle Korver, Mike Miller, Jason Williams.
You’re telling me you couldn’t get a core group guys from that group of players? Plus, I left out at least 10-15 other guys who probably could be great fits in the right situation. Not to mention the fact that you’d probably have a couple of young players still developing on whatever squad they sign with and veterans already on the squad, you’re team is going to drastically improve.
3. Because it makes choosing a coach much easier.
This is why I truly believe Miami might be the best option for everyone involved, because even though Erik Spolestra is the coach of the Heat, we all know Pat Riley is still the HNIC down in South Florida. (Seems like this type of situation occurs in Miami often. Look at the Dolphins and Sparano/Parcells. Just a thought.)
There are only two prerequisites that whoever is given the opportunity to coach this potential partnership. It must be a coach who the players will respect, and they’ve got to know enough Xs and Os to keep the Willie’s and Joe’s from messing it up for everyone else. You need examples?
Mike Brown, Mike Brown, and…….Mike Brown.
Who could the coach be? I only got three names: Larry Brown, Mike Krzyzewski, and Byron Scott.
Sadly, I don’t think any of the three will either be offered the job or desire to take the job.
4. Because they would be the greatest highlight reel team of all time.
For all of the things Wade and James can do on the court, its astonishing that they both lead their teams in assists and blocks as well. Could you imagine how many felonious dunks and drive-by blocks we could see per game? Maybe 3-5 a night? How many alley-oops will THEY throw to each other or to another teammate? About 6-8 per game?
The possibilities are endless.
5. Because they could help form one of the greatest teams of all time.
The trick of comparing the two players joining forces to Jordan and Pippen is realizing how great of a team they could ultimately prove to be. With the Lakers and the Celtics both getting older by the minute, how much longer will their windows stay open? Wade’s 28 with a title ring already, and LeBron’s 25 and been to a finals already. Its possible with the right setup and blend of chemistry, they could steamroll people and get to 65+ wins easily.
But no greatness comes without titles. That’s why they have to come together, to begin the next great dynasty in the 2010s.
Eddie Maisonet is a freelance sports writer, blogger and big time hoops fan from Oklahoma who currently resides in Cincinnati. Keep up with Eddie at SLAMonline as well as his blog Ed The Sports Fan and on Twitter.