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