Originally posted by sacniner:
LeBron has taken that team over though. Its his squad. I think a lot of people's opinion has changed on that over the last three years. He doesn't necessarily need Bosh and Wade to carry him, but Bosh and Wade need him.
So, if you're a star FA, are your options to only sign with teams who have no other stars in order to keep respect?
Like Stern said, and others, the NBA has always had stars on the same team. Thats how it is. No star would have stayed in Cleveland the way they were operating. And if you look at the options for Bron during that FA period where should he have gone? Chi Town with Rose (joining another star)?
Of course it's his team, he's the best player in the league. It doesn't change the fact that he willfully teamed up with one of the Top 5 players in the game (who did not NEED LeBron...as evidenced by him being the best player on a title team himself) and a perennial all-star in Bosh.
I don't understand why you guys downplay who he signed with. He didn't sign with a "star", lol. He signed with another superstar AND a perennial all-star. This wasn't Kobe getting traded a really good #2 in Gasol. Dwyane Wade was a superstar
who was in his prime and had carried a team to a title. No, I don't expect him to win it by himself, but he went to the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Plus a guy like Bosh? (who's comparable to Gasol) Yikes.
Derrick Rose wasn't a star at the time. He was a good, young player. He had several options. The only one I woulda complained about was the one where he joins another superstar and a perennial all-star. They were the 3 best players on the market that year. I can't be the only person that remembers this.