LeBron James is opting out of his Miami contract. He has every right to so and the Heat have no right to complain. The guy brought them to four NBA Finals and delivered two championships.
Some say this is a bookkeeping move that will allow Miami to bring in better supporting players for its leading man. And some say he could bolt from South Beach.
I'm among the latter. After all, if this was a wink-wink phony transaction to give the bean counters more salary-cap wiggle room, would Pat Riley have blasted LeBron at his year-end press conference?
And that makes me wonder: When it's all said and done, who will LeBron James be?
Joe Montana finished with Kansas City, but he's a Niner.
Michael Jordan finished with Washington, but he's a Bull.
Ray Bourque finished with Colorado, but does anyone doubt he's a Bruin?
Derek Jeter. Ted Williams. Carl Yastrzemski. Well, you get the idea.
But what will LeBron be? A CleHeLakCav? Will his resume show stops in Cleveland, Miami, L.A. (with the Lakers) and back to Cleveland? Or will he go to Portland before wrapping it up back home? Could one of the greatest players in the history of basketball retire as a man without a team? A superstar journeyman? It just doesn’t seem right.
The best player on a team is the anchor, the rock. They're what everything else centers around. The Eiffel Tower doesn’t spend a few years in France and then move on to London . . . and then Mexico. De Niro will die in Tribeca. Bob will never live in Boca, or Scottsdale or, hell, even L.A. That dude is New York. Can you imagine the USS Constitution docked in Maui?
This is route LeBron is going.
It's perfectly his right. But it just seems so wrong.