The Interwebs brings word that LeeBong has opted out his contract with the Miami Heat. This means LeeBong will spend the height of the summer getting wined and dined by rich Jewish guys promising him the world. ESPN will then have a special broadcast to announce where LeeBong will play next year.
James indicated that he welcomed the opportunity to become a free agent and have the same level of flexibility he was afforded in 2010, when he signed with Miami after spending his first seven years in Cleveland.
“Being able to have flexibility as a professional, anyone, that’s what we all would like,” James said last week. “That’s in any sport, for a football player, a baseball player, a basketball player, to have flexibility and be able to control your future or your present. I have a position to be able to do that. … There’s a lot of times that you’re not in control of your future as a professional.”
In his four seasons in Miami, the Heat have gone to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. James could join Shaquille O’Neal as the only players in league history to lead the NBA Finals in total points scored and then play for a different team to start the following season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. O’Neal played for the 2003-04 Los Angeles Lakers, who lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals, and was traded to the Heat in the offseason.
If James departs, he would be leaving a historic opportunity on the table. Only one team in NBA history has appeared in at least five consecutive NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics, who reached 10 straight from 1957 to 1966.
With James and Carmelo Anthony officially opting out of their contracts, multiple teams — including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Lakers — have begun the process of exploring roster moves that would create sufficient salary-cap space to sign 2014’s marquee free agents in tandem, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.
I’ve long contended that the NBA is the worst run sports league on earth. In every other sport, good owners willing to pay competent managers can build solid, profitable franchises. In the NBA, you either hit the “lottery” and get a great young player or you get picked as the next stop on the traveling caravan of stars. Why in the world would anyone want to own an NBA team under those conditions? I guess the asset appreciation is enough.
That said, LeeBong is a good star for the millenials. Their’s is a transactional existence. Like LeeBong, the past has no grip on the present for them. Loyalty to the hometown in the case of Cleveland or loyalty to the men who put together the Miami deal means nothing to LeeBong. All that matters is what he can get next because, after all, all that matters to LeeBong is LeeBong. That’s a quality you see with the millenials. They are so self-absorbed they barely notice there are other human beings around them.
If LeeBong was just chasing the money, it would be understandable. These guys have a short time to make millions. Most of them are morons who blow their money on flunkies and baby-mommas so getting as much as they can makes sense. It is harder to blow through $100 million than $80 million. But, that’s not what it’s about with guys like LeeBong. He’s just a megalomaniac seeking the next pat on the head.
Imagine a generation of LeeBongs with absolutely no loyalty to anything, rushing about looking for the next pat on the head. Think of that when you hear how the millenials want “self-actualizing careers” rather than just making money. It’s what the Clinton piglet meant when she oinked out this nonsense the other day. Most people think piglet is lying and Leebong is really just chasing money, just a different way. Maybe. They certainly seem to believe their bullshit.
I don’t know know, but at least I have the Summer of LeeBong to find out.