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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 4:40 pm  |  81 responses

LeBron James Says Dwyane Wade Re-Invented Himself


The defending NBA champion Miami Heat have undergone tremendous changes—LeBron James is now playing closer to the basket where he is completely unstoppable; Erik Spoelstra tweaked the offense after Miami lost the 2011 NBA Finals to take better advantage of the skillset on the roster. But the biggest transformation of all, perhaps, has come from Dwyane Wade. The Robin to LeBron’s Batman has accepted the no. 2 role, and is now a more efficient player when healthy. James appreciates the way Wade has adapted his game. Per USA Today: “Has Wade, 31, lost a step? Is his game on the decline? Is he no longer the player he used to be? Did age finally win? ‘When you’re doing it front of the public eye and people are taking shots at you and you’re not feeling well, it frustrates you,’ he said. ‘If I’m not crying about, if I’m not out there saying ‘Woe is me,’ then I don’t feel it needs to be discussed.’ His good friend and teammate LeBron James nods in agreement. He hears the comments and sees Wade’s frustration. ‘It was pissing him off more than anything while he was getting jabbed by everybody saying he’s not the same,’ James said. [...] Wade has answered the questions about his health by responding with impressive numbers. Since January, he has averaged 22 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals and shot 52.7% from the field. While James put together his amazing run of 30-point games and 60% shooting during the streak, Wade had an underappreciated 13-game stretch: 25.2 points, six assists 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game and 58.7% from the field. ‘Whenever you have setback, because that’s what I had, it’s going to take time to get back to where you were and then you want to be better than what you were,’ Wade said. [...] ‘I don’t have an ego in terms of what people say about me now or my role on this team because I know I’m a hell of a player,’ Wade said. ‘I know I can be a top five player and lead the league in scoring if I didn’t decide to take a lesser role. That doesn’t’ take away from what I’ve done in this game and what I’ll continue to do in this game and what I can still do.’ [...] ‘He re-invented himself,’ James said. Wade is shooting a career-best 52.1% from the field as his three-point attempts continue to decrease. ‘I’m not shooting 50% because I’m launching shots,’ he said. ‘I understand which shots are my shots and I’m not shooting shots that aren’t mine.’”

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  • LakeShow

    His ability to take the #2 spot on the team is truly impressive.
    I wish he wouldn’t have done it.

  • KoloradoKobe

    Wade and Lebron have won the mental game. They know how to pick their spots, when to take over, when to let the other guy shine and when to turn it on. When a guy with Wade’s numbers is ok with playing 2nd fiddle, then that team is going to dominate for a long while.

  • Max

    The whole thing, from where they were at the start of the 10-11 season to where they are right now, as a team has been amazing to watch.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    The Philosopher:
    “Only the King could convince fellow royalty to become his manservant. Long live the King!”

    NBK
    “Well based on advanced statistics not only is LeBron playing at the highest level in history, Wade is clearly proving that Kobe is not his equal. Don’t disagree with me you idiot, check basketball reference”

    The Seed
    “Wade and LeBron are suckers. A real man doesn’t need help, he wouldn’t team up with quality players to create a dynasty. He does it like a killer. LeBron uses mind control to convince good players to play bad, look at what he did to Durant. Kobe won without help because he’s a true champion.

    Lakeshow
    “He’s had a good year, but he’s no Kobe.”

    Caboose
    “I agree with NBK, only with a better vocabulary.”

    Junior Taylor
    “I hate Kobe and I wish he would die.”

    Me
    “Blah, blah, blah, racism, blah blah blah, Kobe is a bad teammate, blah, blah blah, I’m still smarter than you boss.”

    The Shock Exchange
    “Clearly LeBron shared his copy of The LeBron Rules with Wade who adapted it because The Shock Exchange is a genius who really believes that playing four years in the crapshoot that is the NCAA makes the most sense for players.”

  • LakeShow

    I don’t know what happened here, but I love it.

  • Phil

    Best 1-2 since Kobe-Gasol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    baha what in the world.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “kobe wouldn’t have done it” is what i imagine you said after you pressed post.

  • shockexchange

    King James should know. After mastering “The Rules” he was able to re-invent himself. Now he’s far and away the best player in the L and he has “you know who” to thank for it.

  • bike

    Not only that, but D-Wade is making every effort to make sure his lip gloss matches his socks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    LOL….this deserves a spot in the Slam Comment HOF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Damn…..AllenP nailed it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Why is that? So he would have spent the rest of his career putting up amazing numbers only to flame out in the 1st round year after year?

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    wait, what?

  • LakeShow

    At first I thought he was crazy, but then I actually thought about it.
    3 Finals appearances.
    Two chip’s.
    They are two of the most skilled players to play the game ever…
    He’s got a point.
    D-Wade and Bron are the better duo, but they haven’t done more.

  • pposse

    id use the word “predictable” in place of ‘amazing’

  • LakeShow

    I thought that before I even clicked the this post lol.

  • LakeShow

    Umm.. Not exactly that I was thinking.
    I wish Bron would have stayed in Cle.
    I wish Wade would have still had Bosh come down and they would have an awesome east coast rivalry.
    But… ya know something like that.

  • pposse

    Lebron needed Wade to gain a mental edge, he knows it, Wade knows it, i know it, its about time the rest of yall know it too

  • Nigel Mitchell

    If they win it this year they’ll equal it and end that argument.

  • robb

    lol the man knows you better than you know yourselves.

  • Max

    Nah, amazing in a way where it’s something been something beautiful to watch.

  • Max

    *Applause*

  • Doug

    this is exactly what i wanted as a d wade / heat fan before the trade… any heat fans from before the trade would agree with me because it is wades team… we don’t like watching him play #2 to lebron

  • LakeShow

    Exactly.
    Wade was a legit top 5 player for his career, if not top 3 for a couple of those years.
    Instead, now i’m talking about him like he died.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Pposse
    “Wade is great but DRose….[insert huge paragraph]”
    Charles Barkley
    “First of all….first of all…”
    FTFY

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Wade seems like he’s trying to convince everyone else about his legacy and himself as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    this is basically the Slamily for you here guys

    you forgot stockexhange referring to the LeBron rules or whatever it is he has lol

  • Liam

    He’s a sidekick, a punk, a cuckold, sissy, let lebron take over and be the man of the house while he’s the little mistress

  • Liam

    I agree, very predictable

    In 2006 wade won finals MVP, him and bron were both top five for MVP and led fifty win teams, and both were top five in per

    In 2007 wade led the nba in per and James was top five, wade got hurt and lebron carried slop of a team to the finals

    In 2008 wade was hurt, lebron led nba in per, had his first historically great season and took the champ celtics to seven games (but in 5 of the games played horrible vs Boston’s unreal d)

    After season wade and lebron were two of the three best players on Olympic team (with Kobe) and led USA to gold

    09 bron won his first MVP, wade won scoring title, both finished too 3 for dpoy and made 1st team allnba while finishing 1-2 in per

    10 lbj won MVP again, wade was secon in per and first team allnba again, both all defense again, both carried teams to playoffs
    (Chris bosh happened to finish fourth in nba in per that year too)

    Then they all joined up together in Miami. Year one wade and bron both dominated, number one and three in nba in per respectively, bron should’ve won MVP but media was salted, wade shoulda won finals MVP but lebron had worse four game stretch of his career which caused Miami to lose the series despite having the two best players in the nba and another top 20 playe all on the same team

    That loss convinced wade he had to reinvent himself” for Miami to win, well that or injuries cost him to lose a step, but say he didn’t reinvent himself: they still woulda won rings, they should’ve in year one. Basketball is a five on five game, if you have the two best players in the nba on one team you’re going to win the championship the majority of the time, unless something unexpected or crazy happens like lebron choking or wade getting injured…. Even still they won the 2012 title and nearly won 2011 because wade and bron are just that ridiculously historically great. It’s a joke.

  • Liam

    Didn’t he put up amazing numbers and win a championship without lebron? Or am I missing something?

    Did you mean lebron flaming out with numbers? I’m confused.

    I think wade could’ve won another ring or two if the right team was built around him and bosh.

    I think lebron could’ve won multiple rings if he went to xhicago and had rosé as a sidekick, or Brooklyn with Lopez and dwill, etc

    They didn’t NEED each other like that. I think they cheated us and themselves. Kobe put up numbers and missed the playoffs or flamed out in round one for three straight years after shaq left…. Then they got gasol and Bynum developed, they kept building, and they went to three finals and two rings from there

    He didn’t need to go to Miami to play with wade or have lebron come to la…. Gasol ain’t no dwade or lebron

    It’s called team building and leading a team as it grows around you. Riley woulda built it around wade, bosh was a start, Riley is proven just like lakers front office is and was for Kobe

    If lebron didn’t trust Cleveland’s front office that’s understandable, though. There are other franchises that are proven that could’ve gotten it done tho, Chicago with rosé is a great example, and rose wasn’t the proven superstar and champion that wade was in 2010

  • The Philosopher

    Ol’ Allenp…
    He knows my style. Lol.

  • hamidashimono

    Liam>> I appreciate all your points, but I don’t think Wade and Lebron cheated themselves and us by joining forces.

    These guys are all just hyper competitive and they want championships (and nothing else). They realised that forming a super-team was the best way (and most entertaining way) to do so. Pat Riley also played a big role in being a visionary or facilitator for that to happen.

    I mean, it is frustrating for fans of other teams, but in terms of being able to witness an all-time great team (with geniune camaraderie), I think all true fans appreciate that aspect of the game, too.

    Just my two cents.

  • Caboose

    Awesome.

  • fruizm

    You forgot the guy that speaks in 3rd person haha!

  • pposse

    well said.

  • MUBWAR

    im a raptors fan and i never knew bosh was 4th in per his last year here.

  • Caboose

    I’m curious what the top ranked comments of all time are…any way you could find this, SLAM?

  • Caboose

    You forgot the Seed “BOOK IT!”

  • Maxx

    real talk! i wish they would have built the team around Bosh & Wade we could have gotten a good center & PG for the same price and LeBron and probably still would have won championships any basketball fan can tell u that Wade is really that good, its Brons friendship with Wade that made this happen and its Brons fault wade doesnt have his 2nd MVP as a true Heat/Wade fan i have never gotten over that, he basically flopped because he wasn’t “THE man” on the team thats just how i feel.

  • Drig

    lol. Pretty sure every Laker fan thinks that whenever Wade – LeBron – Bosh teaming up comes up as the discussion.

  • Drig

    Best post. Of all time. ALL TIME.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    spot on! I’m assuming this took a big chuck on your time tho..

  • shockexchange

    Junior Taylor, you gon’ come on here and big up AllenP right to the Shock Exchange’s face? That’s mad disrespectful son. shh (shaking his head)

  • pposse

    but they did cheat themselves..Lebron in particular. Regardless of how many rings they get, the door is open for fans, writers, coaches, players, former players to negate some of the things he is doing right now based on the fact he teamed up with another all time great plus another HOFer to get the job (championships if and when) done.

    You yourself just appreciated @Liam points which i would think means its a valid argument.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Like five minutes to be honest.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Corrected.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I know I don’t feel cheated by watching those two play on the same team. I had the same initial fear, but now I just sit back and enjoy the incredible show. Plus, it’s not like they have a cakewalk. OKC and the Spurs are the real deal, and Chicago and NY could make some noise with the proper tweaks.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    That’s silly. JOrdan teamed up with a HOF. Bird had three. Magic had like 5! Y’all are silly. The only difference was that the players controlled their own destiny instead of old white guys in suits. That’s it.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    dwade doesnt become dwade until the playoffs

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    props lol

  • Caboose

    I have a better vocabulary than you :)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Well yeah, that sh*t isn’t even debatable

  • Caboose

    I feel like I should say something smart…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, don’t be confusing vocabulary with intelligence

  • pposse

    Really..so Pippen would have developed into a HOF player if he never play alongside Jordan his entire career? He didn’t develop under the tutelage of MJ? I’m not even tryin to take anything away from him but be serious here. I’m sure you’ve read how hard MJ used to ride on Pippen in those practices….MJ helped make Pip into the player he was. Bron will never be able to say that about Wade.

    Bird and Magic got drafted to a team, never did they “team up” with other superstars cause they wanted to, so yeah there is a difference when someone decides their own fate. I get what Lebron did and at the time I don’t blame him seeing as how the Celtics were able to poach KG and Allen, and the Lakers always retooled on some illegal ish. But what Lebron did, teaming up with Wade (all time great Wade) and Bosh was excessive and opens the door for valid critisicm.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Again, we just disagree. I’m pleased with the idea of player taking more control over their destinies. Teaming up is the proven way to win, and instead of passively waiting for GMs to make moves, I like players saying “Hey, I like your game, we should make a run together.”
    Pippen was helped by Jordan. Jordan was seriously aided by Pippen. There relationship was one of mutual benefit.
    LeBron and Wade have helped each other, and their relationships is similar. The biggest difference is that they both were further along as players when they came together.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this is surely top 3

  • pposse

    Lebron and Wade relationship is zero like Pip and MJs. Remember the Decision and Bron stating that there is plenty of “celebrity” to go around, and we want to share that? No one would even allude to a question like that with MJ. Bron never bossed around Wade and try to break him, if anything Wade was the guy who did that to Bron. Plus Wade is better than pretty much every player other than Magic and MJ and i guess Bird (left Kareem out cause he was old and not the same player he was in the 70s). Bron and Wade is the most lethal combo since Shaq and Kobe which was also completely unfair for the league, as fans yeah its great to watch, but thats it. This type of stuff promotes for CP to join with DH and Melo to recruit Deron William and Brook Lopez..might as well contract the league to 5 teams.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    oh, i’ve already stated that i favor contraction.

  • hamidashimono

    Exactly.

  • hamidashimono

    Again, criticised for what? Wanting to win a championship?

    You seem to care that Lebron will never be able to say he helped make Wade the player he is, but how do you know?

    Who knows what goes on behind closed practice doors? It’s just pure speculation.

    And, do you really think Lebron cares what the public thinks about his influence on Wade is?

    In the end, he will be remembered as a champion and one of the best (and possibly the best) to play the game. Nothing is excessive in this case, especially because no rules were broken.

  • pposse

    the contraction you speak of is consistent with my last comment which calls for 5 total teams in the NBA i dont know what type of entertainment you would get from watching a total of 50 professional basketball players play against each other for 82 games. That is absurd and pointless; i would never watch the NBA if 5 teams played each other and whoever would is foolish.

  • pposse

    what you so vaguely and quickly put in parenthesis is what i care about and what the criticism is about..recognize that, that is all.

  • hamidashimono

    Nothing I said was vague and nothing was put into parentheses. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • pposse

    (and possibly the best) that is what im referring to. Look at your comment.

  • pposse

    theres 24 all stars in the league, rarely in a 5 yr span do these positions change…maybe 30 all stars total during a 5 yr span. so your logic suggests that if lebron can team with wade who by the way is more than just an all star and bosh, then 30 players who are considered all stars should atleast team up with 3 guys. So what the league would be best if there are 10 teams at most? Silly, thats just silly, and thats what Lebron promoted and you cosign on cause your “pleased with players taking coontrol of their own destinies” – you don’t see the big picture

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    If the goal is to watch the very best basketball, what’s the problem with fewer teams? You are arguing from the perspective of a fan of a particular team, I’m arguing from the perspective of someone who just enjoys great basketball.
    Contract creates better basketball if you have a deep enough talent pool. Expansion hurts the product. I don’t care if there is a home team, I watch most games on television.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Actually, when the NBA began, and Russell was winning all those championships, there were only 8 teams. It’s unlikely things would every get that small again, but I think the quality of each team would drastically increase if there were only 20 teams total in the League.
    More importantly, by limiting the number of available spots in the NBA it could possibly make that career path less attractive to the millions of young people who are currently deluded into believing that’s their shot at future happiness.

  • pposse

    Hence the reason why most don’t really care/ give any type of credibility to Bill Russell and the Celtics or that era in general. Hence the reason why many not just including myself can throw dirt and overlook what Lebron is currently doing. If Lebron and Wade did this with another all time great with only 20 teams you think we would give him more props?!

    And save the drama, I could care less about kids and their happiness. I speak for the public when i say we are interested in entertainment and money. Less teams, less entertainment and money.

  • pposse

    im not arguing from the perspective of a fan for a particular team, im arguing from the perspective of what is fair and not fair, what is right and wrong. Teaming up with 2 other HOFers and one especially another all time great, on your own free will, is basically cheating, cutting corners if you will. Its not great basketball when one team is loaded and the other not. I’d rather see a Lebron led team vs a Wade and Bosh; there is 50 times more drama in that, plus it seems to be fair; as long as Bron is not stuck with talent that he had around him in Cleveland.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Fair? The Celtics weren’t fair. Michael, Scottie and Rodman on the same team wasn’t fair. Not to mention Harper and Kukoc. Magic, Kareem and Worthy were fair? Do you realize those players draft positions? It’s not about “fair” it’s about constructing the best team.
    Let’s break down your arguments
    You think it’s fine if super teams are constructed by GMs, but not by players. So it can’t be a fairness issue.
    You complain that every team can’t have enough stars but oppose contraction because that would mean fewer teams in the League. Again, that makes no sense.
    Is it fair that the Spurs had Duncan and Robinson and then added Manu and Parker? Was it fair when the Rockets traded for Drexler to help them reload? Was it fair that the Pistons added Rasheed Wallace to a stacked core, or that the Blazers had Rasheed, Jermaine O’Neal, Zach Randolph, Sabonis, Scottie Pippen, Steve Smith and Damon Stoudamire playing on the same team at one point?
    You’re not making sense man.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Again, how would fewer teams equal less entertainment?
    Fewer teams means better quality games, which means better quality basektball, which means and improved product for the public to consume. The only reason it loses money is because suckers wouldn’t be selling out arenas all over the country and some people who only follow teams because of a rooting interest in a city might stop watching. But the actual product, which is baseketball, would only improve.
    And almost no one discounts Russell’s championships.

  • pposse

    scottie was drafted by the bulls, MJ made Pip. There is nothing wrong with another player making everyone around them better, and that includes Kukoc. You act as if you never played a pickup game with someone better than you, and noticed how they helped make you better… why is that? Were you the best player on the court every time? Does that mean you don’t credit yourself for instilling confidence in your teammates to win? Rodman was a specialist, a HOFer but cmon now, no where near the caliber the player that even a Chris Bosh is due to Bosh’s versatility.

    Everything about my argument makes sense. Yeah it was NOT fair that the spurs tanked a year, kept D Rob deactivated and get Tim Duncan with the number one pick. All of that ruins the integrity of what is just a game..and you know whats worse? ..When players collude which is obviously the case with Bron Wade and Bosh. You don’t come across as a guy who is about the “system” so don’t give me that “innocense until proven guilty spiel”. Jermain O’neal and Zach Randolph were puppies who were both drafted to the Blazers on rookie contracts when they was all playing at the same damn time..good GM’s gettin paid to do their job. A players job is to play the game, not construct super teams, thats illegal.

  • pposse

    fewer teams is less entertaining because it doesn’t cover a wider audience. The casual fan will tune it out. I want to see 82 games played and then 4 rounds of playoff bball before a champion is crowned. There is enough talent for 30 teams in the L. All this contraction would do is pay the players the same and the very same “suits” cash in even more.

    Almost everyone discounts Russells championships. maybe 2/10 people will try and make a case for him being the GOAT. Personally i think Wilt was the better player. and personally, i could care less about both of them, they played in an 8 team league! They are both victims of their time.

    On top of all this, your trynna tell me that millions will stop aspiring to be a basketball player because the NBA has 10 less teams? As it is there are only about 450 NBA players, and if you lose 10 teams then there is around 300 available spots. So millions are fighting and falsely dreaming about being one of 450 select players, but millions wouldnt fight and dream to be a select of 300 players? Do the math, people dream and want to be happy cause the can, you can’t stop free will, definately not by contracting the league.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    That was an ancillary benefit that I said could be possible, not the main benefit.
    The main benefit was improved quality of play, and you have yet to dispute that point. I did not mention reducing the number of games or the rounds of they playoffs, although that could happen. If you want improved teams, reduce roster spots and reduce the dilution of talent.

  • pposse

    your calling for a 20 team league. I already told you that at most there are 30 all stars over a 5 yr span. If 3 “all stars” were to be on the same team then that would only be 10 teams, NOT 20. The contraction you speak of has the quality of play heightened for 10 teams, NO ONE wants to watch a 10 team league. Its not worth it, who is going to get paid? Less games, less rounds all take away from the bottom line. If you want to contract the team by maybe 5 teams at most, thats understandable and still Bron and Wade are cheating themselves.

    And even if there were a 10 team league, its still pretty lame that the two best players are on one team. In the summer of 2010 Wade and Bron were the two best players in the L. The argument is Lebron cheated himself out of a legacy, that was the original point and he still would be even if the league was contracted by 2 teams, or by 20 teams.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    You don’t need three superstars to have a great team. The 2004 Pistons had zero superstars, and several all-stars who made the roster becuse of the team’s success.
    And why do you keep talking about who gets paid? I’m talking about the level of basketball and you’ve yet to dispute that the level of play would improve. More importantly, you’ve failed to refute the argument that the Leagues marquee teams have always featured a surfeit of talent. Basically, you have not address my two primary arguments.

  • pposse

    When you are a great player, you make everyone around you better, you increase their talent level. What part of that don’t you understand? what part of that is not clear? What part of that did i fail to mention to you in the previous 5 posts? MJ’s bulls were nothing like any other team in history. Not like the celtics, lakers, heat. Everything was in house, they sign one all star in Dennis Rodman your crying? Seriously, D Rod?

    The 2004 Pistons won because the talent in the NBA post MJ has been horrid all around. They beat a Lakers team that was at the height of discombobulation. You should know, that team won by default, the Lakers lost more than the Pistons won. And if you don’t need 3 superstars to compete and win, then why did Lebron Wade and Bosh do that? I’m curious, if Lebron Wade and Bosh were white and Arison and Riley were black, would you still be happy these players put their destinies in their own hands?

    Its not about who gets paid, its about sustaining a business model. You want 20 teams, alienate fans, alienate players, play less games and expect a better product. You would have disgruntled employees, disgruntled employers, and disgruntled fans, yet you expect the games to be more “beautiful.” The great thing about sports is that mainly the players that are good enough to play, LOVE the game. They would not LOVE the game anymore if their pockets got pinched, money is always relevant.

    Lebron alongside a young d Rose in chicago would be a surfefit of talent, Lebron in NY with Deron Williams a surefit of talent, Lebron with D Wade and Bosh is over the top/ excessive talent. Considering the era they are playing in especially, that team is the most stacked team in history outside of the lame Boston Celtics that won 11 championships back in the 70′s or 60′s. I would think that in this day and age, there is enough good ball players where you do not need to stack a team like that. Just cause its been done in the past, doesnt make it right anyways. MJ, Barkeley, Magic all of those guys stated they would never willing sign to a team with an opposing superstar. This generation is so soft the AAU generation is so wack, they take competiveness out of the equation might as well call it the “Friends Era”

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I was going to read the post but then I saw obvious errors up top and stopped.
    The Bulls didn’t make a championship run until they traded Charles Oakley for Bill Cartwright, a proven good player who was getting older but previously averaged 20 and 10. The second three peat happened after signing free agents Ron Harper and Dennis Rodman.
    And you aren’t making sense. Your argument is that if you reduce teams, thereby reducing supply and increasing demand, you will decrease revenue.
    That doesn’t fall in line with all known economic theory.
    The Bulls were stacked. The Lakers are always stacked. The Celtics have been stacked and so have the Spurs. The Thunder are stacked. Good teams are stacked. That’s how the business works.
    And I wouldn’t care what color the players are if they have power. You are making asinine assumptions.

  • pposse

    The Bulls grew together as a team, especially for that first three peat, get over it, talking about Bill Cartwright lol. That fool used to get clowned on as well from MJ until he threatened to beat the crap out of him.

    The only one making assumptions is you. I asked a question, you answered it, thats all there is to it. I believe your answer, if that’s what you say the answer is. Look in the mirror if you want to know who is making an asisnine assumptions. Based on every other comment YOU ever made on Slam, my question i posed to you was in bounds.

    Last time i checked, the size of the stadiums are still the same right? So if you reduce games, amount of tickets sold in total then tell me genius how revenue can increase? Please explain that to me. I never said demand would increase, in fact i said the exact opposite of that. I said the casual fan would be turned off, thereby reducing demand. I know plenty about economic theory. What are you going to do, put a premium on the price of tickets? How will that fly in this economy? Or will cities take out huge loans to make bigger stadiums, is that what is going to happen? Cause these big cities aren’t bankrupt right now right? You still don’t see the big picture. Your contraction theory is faulty on so many lines your lucky an earthquake didnt’ erupt yet.

    The spurs, bullls, lakers, thunder might all be stacked but the Heat are three levels above the term “stacked” There is no question about it. In fact, yall should start to expect a 70 win season from them next yr.

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