I have not been interested in the LeBronapalooza this Summer. It was clear he was ditching Cleveland, the only question was how crassly he would do so (answer: almost unbelievably.) What I did find telling was Michael Jordan's comment yesterday about the whole circus: "There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team…' "
Sure, things were different in the 90s, and Jordan is almost pathologically competitive, but it also showed something about LeBron's personality. Jordan, Magic, Bird didn't want to create a super team, they wanted to beat the other guy. The win was measured by who you played against. LeBron is clearly not wired that way. He wants to go play with his friends. Sort of if you can't beat them, join them sort of thing.
I partly blame the new world of hoops. All the players know each other and most have played together since they were 12 on club and shoe company teams and camps. There is no longer the sense of identity with your team, and the sense of any other team as the enemy.
I guess I would have rather seen the most superlative basketball talent playing today have the drive to dominate, instead of taking the path of least resistance. LeBron has Batman skill with a Robin mentality.
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