8 July 2010, the day it all changed. On that day “I’m taking my talents to
South Beach.” became the first verse in the newest chapter of the book of King James. No one knows how this chapter or how the book will end, but one must ask if the book is now in need of a new title.
In Cleveland, James was King! He was an MVP and the face of the NBA. James was the embodiment of the sports hopes and dreams of an entire state. He was the Cavaliers! Yet at the end of seven years of triumphs and heartbreaks, LeBron James has proven that in the end the ring (and the quest for it) is mightier than the crown.
Make no mistake the King has left the building. He left his crown in Cleveland and closed the door on what we perceive his oh so short legacy to be. He left the hopes and dreams of an entire state behind to follow his own destiny.
Would we hold Kobe or Jordan in such high regard if they didn’t have rings to validate their basketball greatness? Did we moan and complain when Garnet and Allen joined the Celtics? NO! We as sports fans, writers, and pundits define greatness not by how many MVPs or scoring titles that you have, but by how many rings you have your fingers. LeBron James knows this and that’s why he’s now in South Beach.
An epic journey has now begun. Three friends have come together much like Sam and Frodo in a quest for the one ring to rule them all. A kingdom has fallen and given way to a new fellowship. For the foreseeable future James’
destiny and legacy are no longer his own, but directly tied to those of Wade and Bosh. Will James play Aragorn to Wade and Bosh’s Sam and Frodo, or will the quest for the ring be too much for this fellowship to bear?
Only time will tell how this journey is ends. The book of King James is still unfinished, yet even in its current state it still reinforces what we all know, “The Ring is Mightier than the Crown!” James has proven that its better to be a champion than a King. LeBron knows it! Wade knows it! Bosh knows it! The Heat is on in Miami. Building a new kingdom in South Beach may be the toughest challenge of LeBron’s life. Good Luck!