By Jon Fucile
Special contributor to WickedGoodSports.com
The Miami Heat have been the NBA's, and arguably the sports world's, hottest topic since the season opened. You all know the story of how Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the weak willed LeBron James got together to form the greatest dynasty in NBA history and win eleven consecutive NBA titles!!!
Oh wait, that's just what they predicted. Sorry.
Unfortunately for the self absorbed trio, life has not been all lollipops and rainbows.
You all know by now that the Heat stars are upset because their coach is making them work too hard. Poor 'lil guys. They wanted to just hang out all day and high five, not practice or work hard on the court. The NBA, and all the other teams, should just hand them titles because they're so super awesome. Hard work is overrated. Maybe the three of them could go to schools and teach that to kids.
But their reaction got us thinking' what if other 'great' people throughout history decided they didn't want to work hard for their goals either? We decided to take a look.
What if our fore fathers did not feel like working hard? What if they just said fighting the British is too much work, let us give up and just let the British continue to rule us? What if Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Paul Revere said screw, let's go drink some tea and buy some red coats and get on this British bandwagon?
Instead of playing basketball James, Bosh and Wade would be wearing knickers and eating tea and crumpets.
What if Dr. James Naismith did not want to work hard?
For those of you who do not know, Dr. Naismith was a Canadian P.E. professor at the YMCA. One rainy afternoon he was trying to figure out how to keep his class active indoors and began to formulate what would become current day basketball.
He decided on the rules and then put up a peach basket for the kids to shoot into and thus the game of basketball was born.
But what if Dr. Naismith did not want to work hard? What if he was content to let the kids run wild in the gym while he just took a nap?
Chris Bosh, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade would probably have other jobs. Low impact jobs that require little to no work. Like testing hammocks.
To further complicate the problem for the the Heat, unlike in modern times when the ball simply falls back down through the net after a basket, the peach basket still had the bottom attached and the ball had to be manually retrieved. If the Miami Heat played in those days, they would never score more than 2 or 3 points. Getting the ball would probably be too much work.
Instead of shooting into a peach basket, Dwyane and LeBron would hang out in the hammock and make Bosh pick them peaches.
Millions of peaches. Peaches for free.
Evolution works hard every day. Both humans and animals are leagues ahead of where they used to be all thanks to the hard work of evolution.
But what if one day, back when people were evolving, evolution just said... you know what? People need to be taller, but that is just too much work?
Where would Bosh, Wade and James be today? Not playing basketball. They'd be too short!
That's right... acting gigs. Whenever a casting call would go out for "egotistic little people" they would be the first three to respond.
One day, somewhere in the history of dating, there was a couple who felt bad that one of their single friends had nothing to do every Friday and Saturday night. They took pity on their friend and started inviting them to come along on dates. The 'Third Wheel' was born.
But... where would Chris Bosh be if that couple thought it was too much work to ask their single friend to tag along?
He'd still be stuck in Toronto where nobody cares. And people might still think he's a great basketball player. Whoops.
Before games, LeBron James likes to dip his hands into a bowl of chalk and then toss it into the air in a "look at me! look at me! seriously everyone look at me!" display because apparently he did not get enough attention as a child.
But getting all that chalk is hard work! Someone has to get it for him, crush it into a fine powder and then deliver it to him.
But what if, one day, James' chalk fetcher decided it was too much work to get the chalk? What if LeBron just had to toss whatever he wasn't using into the air?
Although picking up all those things is probably too much work. He'd probably just take a nap.
The Heat also wish the guy who created the NBA playoffs didn't want to work hard. They were hoping the title would be awarded to the team with the biggest collective ego and sense of self importance without having to play any games.
So keep spreading the message that hard work and dedication is overrated. Keep acting like you should just be handed everything without working for it. And maybe, just maybe if kids don't work real hard, someday they can win nothing together but act like they're already the best team ever just like you.