LeBron James and Dwyane Wade make Superman gesture to Cam Newton

LeBron James proves once again that he's just following the leader... and Cam Newton?

12/29/11 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect



Cam Newton has been known to attend Charlotte Bobcats basketball games. As one of the most exciting young players in football, he's getting a lot of attention from other athletes, even superstars in other sports.

Brandon Jennings saluted him on during Milwaukee's December 26 game against the Bobcats, doing Cam's signature "Superman" celebration move. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James decided to duplicate that last night in the Heat's win in Charlotte.

One thing that some people are focusing on is that LeBron appears to be mimicking Wade, in the process. Whether it's true or not, this is just one more example of Wade showing that he's the real leader of this team.

No matter how you slice it, it's true. LeBron James, despite being arguably the most gifted athlete we've ever seen, is firmly entrenched in a "second fiddle" role in Miami. Dwyane Wade was the architect of the "Big 3" in the first place, and was the one who decided to stay in Miami and bring a super-team to him, instead of signing with another team, like LeBron James and Chris Bosh did. Wade is the one who already has a ring. Wade is the one with the ball in his hands in the 4th quarter, while LeBron's 4th quarter shortcomings are well documented.

In terms of talent, LeBron is incomparable. But when listing him among the all-time greats, the fact that he will never truly lead a team to a championship definitely hurts his legacy.

Even if the Heat win, it will be another notch in Dwyane Wade's belt. Sure, the proverbial monkey will be off LeBron's back, but this isn't really LeBron's team. It never has been, and it's possible that it never will be. This is Dwyane Wade's team. When they win, it will be because Dwyane Wade is their leader. And as far as LeBron is concerned, he's apparently OK with that. This was just one more example. And that's why he'll never be on the same level as Kobe, Jordan, Bill Russell and the other great champions in NBA history.
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1/1/12   |   danos_94   |   1 respect

Pat wrote:
No... it technically means that more people voted for him. MVP is a regular season award. When it comes to winning championships, it's irrelevant. Which is why LeBron already has more MVP awards than Kobe Bryant.

But the people voting for him are analysts, the fans make up for 1 vote. This makes the votes a bit more decent and reasonable. What your trying to say, is that Wade is the leader of the team. But Lebron facilitates the team. Yea wade has his nights, but the primary point guard or leader is Lebron. Lebron will never be following Wade, and Wade wont follow Lebron, they both share the spot to lead the team to victory.

12/30/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

danos_94 wrote:
 You did say talent though. Anyways, wait till the MVP list comes out, because Lebron will be higher then wade, which technically means he is more valuable. Wade is my favourite player, and has been for years, but i think Lebron is more of a facilitator for the team.

No... it technically means that more people voted for him. MVP is a regular season award. When it comes to winning championships, it's irrelevant. Which is why LeBron already has more MVP awards than Kobe Bryant.

12/30/11   |   danos_94   |   1 respect

Pat wrote:
 "You say that Lebron is incomparable when it comes to talent, so basically, not even Wade measures up, yet your trying to say its Wades team."

Yes, that's precisely what I'm trying to say. Athletically, no one can match LeBron. Mentally, he continues to fall short.

 You did say talent though. Anyways, wait till the MVP list comes out, because Lebron will be higher then wade, which technically means he is more valuable. Wade is my favourite player, and has been for years, but i think Lebron is more of a facilitator for the team.

12/29/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

 "You say that Lebron is incomparable when it comes to talent, so basically, not even Wade measures up, yet your trying to say its Wades team."

Yes, that's precisely what I'm trying to say. Athletically, no one can match LeBron. Mentally, he continues to fall short.

12/29/11   |   danos_94   |   1 respect

This article is just another biased attempt to shut down a great player in the NBA, stop wasting your time. You say that Lebron is incomparable when it comes to talent, so basically, not even Wade measures up, yet your trying to say its Wades team. Even though I dont believe this(that wade is incomparable), it just shows your lack of knowledge of the NBA. Also, if Lebron has the luxury of having another great player on his team, why cant he let him steal the show sometimes? thats the reason they came together. In that game, Wade played terrible, scoring 10 points all up including the game-winner. Lebron on the other hand, scored 35 points with + 5 assists and +5 rebounds. The article on NBA.com even states that Lebron "saved the day". Check it out, you might learn something, because you dont know shit, rather your just a bitter and jelous wannabe writer, who is trying to lean towards what seems like the majority.

Have a look at the Miami-Chicago series last year in the playoffs. Wade was playing below average the whole series, but Lebron lead the team, and even started a huge run to finish them off in game 5. Without Lebron Miami would have lost. Your just focusing on the finals, but not how they got there.

12/29/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

NittanyJon wrote:
Who cares who leads a team?  As long as there are leaders - Plural. Hard to find in our me-me society, let alone in the "Association".

 People say "Michael Jordan won 6 championships" because he was the unquestioned leader of the Bulls when they won those rings. You won't hear anyone say that Bill Wennington is a winner, just because he was on the roster for 3 of those. It DOES matter who the leader is. If you want to be listed among the all-time greats, which is obviously something that LeBron wants, then you have to LEAD the team to victory... not just use your vacation time in the 4th quarter and let someone else take over.

12/29/11   |   NittanyJon   |   245 respect

Who cares who leads a team?  As long as there are leaders - Plural. Hard to find in our me-me society, let alone in the "Association".