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The terrifying possibility of a LeBron-Wade-Bosh triumvirate in Miami inches closer to becoming a reality

Jun 29, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for bosh_wade.jpgUPDATE 11:12 am: The Miami Herald and other sources are reporting that this summit did not happen in Miami. Turns out Wade spent last weekend in his hometown of Chicago. Although ESPN’s sources say they were all together in Miami.

Whatever. See, there is this fancy new technology called the telephone where the three of them could have had a conversation from wherever they were in the world. Amazing, I know. So to recap, a summit may have happened, but maybe not face-to-face one in Miami. And it may all not matter because they could talk any time they want.

10:24 am: Call it a summit, a book club, or whatever you’d like, but LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have met to determine the league’s future over a nice game of Parcheesi. What an ominous yet delightful development!

The particular endgame the three are discussing is a future in which James, Wade, and Bosh all play for the Heat. Miami doesn’t have the cap space for such an unprecedented move as of yet, but they’ll continue trying to clear as much cap as possible to keep this dream alive. They just have to move Michael Beasley’s deal, and Pat Riley has been on the phones begging other GMs to do just that. Our own Ira Winderman reported he may have found a landing place, but nothing has been made official yet.

Reports have LeBron James as being the non-committed one to this idea. The man wants to be courted, he wants the teams to come to him and tell him how much they love him. Then he will decide, and Miami may now be a front runner. But first, he wants to be wooed.

The thought of the three biggest prizes of the 2010 free agent class all ending up in Miami is…frightening, to say the least. Supposing the Heat do end up moving Beasley, then Mario Chalmers and second round selections Dexter Pittman and Justin Varnado would be the only locks for the roster. The rest would need to be picked up using cap exceptions and minimum contracts. However, given the drawing power of the triumvirate, I’m sure a few capable veterans could be persuaded to sign for a discount.

If the three are to ever team up, it would require sacrifice. The price of converting three incredible, distinct talents into a supergroup would be substantial, particularly for their individual résumés. Initially, someone would have to sacrifice money; even if the Heat shed Beasley’s contract in order to have a realistic chance of signing all three free agents, they won’t have enough cap space for three max contracts.

Then, all three would likely have to sacrifice in usage. James, Wade, and Bosh are all high-usage superstars, and while their combined presence would open up easier scoring opportunities for all, it would also decrease their general frequency. It seems unlikely that any of the three players would be able to maintain their current statistical excellence if they were sharing a ball. Stats don’t mean everything, but they do factor into current evaluations of their game, All-NBA selections, Hall of Fame chances, and eventually help to determine their place among the all-time greats. After all, how often are numbers used for historical comparison, regardless of context?

If the thought of neo-Miami’s core is remarkable, it’s made even more so by the level of subjugation required to obtain it. This would be more than three superstars in their prime wanting to play together; James, Wade, and Bosh would all have to surrender their egos, their touches, their production, and their excuses at the door. If they fell short of an NBA title, there would be no wiggle room, as each would finally have at least two teammates worthy of their own impressive skills. That may not be an issue, though. The sheer force of James, Wade, and Bosh alone would incite an all-out panic across the league, and there’s a distinct possibility that they could rule the NBA with an iron fist.

But only if they decide that it’s really worth it. Only if they conclude that recognition of their work as a collective is enough to sustain them for the next few seasons. Only if three guys who have played up this summer’s market, promoted themselves, and been showered with attention suddenly determine that they don’t need all eyes on them and them alone. Only if they sacrifice the money, their places in the record books, and surely some individual awards along the way. Only then can we start reserving trophies for the new-and-improved hypothetical Miami Heat, the team that would somehow act as a caricature of the superstar system while defying it. 

  1. ron - Jun 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    what a joke and a waste of energy and time. lebron is really not going to take millions less to handle the ball and shoot less.his ego and agent will never let hime forgo millions of dollars.and by the way championships are not won with 3 egomaiac superstars. you do not win without role or good bench players.just another way for so called king to stay in the media,aching for attention since this seems to be the only way he can because he never won anything as a team.do you really think a guy with this size ego and is called king, talks about himself in third person is going to share ball with 2 other superstars and do it for less money.these guys are just using the media and wasting all your time. the only way lebron thinks about it is if he gets paid higher than wade. these guys will kill each other on the court for the ball.

  2. GameOn - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Good analysis but relax! It’s not gonna happen.

  3. sidewaze - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    This writer Mahoney, whoever he is, has brought a little attention to himself….for one day.

  4. dick - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    This writer is a complete dick. All anybody can do is speculate but christ, this guy goes all over the place and takes a lot of liberties in doing so.

  5. dave - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    GET YOUR SOURCES RIGHT!
    DON’T BASE YOUR ARTICLES ON HERESAY, THIS IS MISINFORMATION.
    WADE WAS NOT IN MIAMI, HE WAS IN CHICAGO AT THE CUB-SOX GAME, I SAW HIM ON TV
    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/david-kaplan-chicago-sports/2010/06/the-latest-on-lebron-chris-bosh-and-dwyane-wade.html

  6. ron - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    hey moron, what kind of liberties did i take. it is just my opinion. at least i provide insight and some conversation.if you no how to read, it completely makes sense and is right on. it sounds like you have a thing for the king. dont take it so personal, relax and by the way i was speculating. you really provided us with some really intense writing. dick is very powerful comeback. that is all you can say to get your point across.

  7. Evan - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    This reminds me of why I hate the NBA. Teams are irrelevant.
    It doesn’t matter how your team does in the draft, it just matters if they were bad enough at the right time to score big on a certain player. It doesn’t matter how well your team develops talent. You can’t “teach” someone to be Lebron James. Coaches are less important than any other sport. I love how Phil Jackson is considered some kind of guru for helping develop the “triangle offense” and having two hands worth of rings. Take away Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and how many rings does he have? ZERO.
    Then there’s free agency. The NBA is the only sport in the world where the worst team in the league can morph into a legendary dynasty with the addition of 1-3 players.
    College Basketball is just sooooo much better.

  8. sean - Jun 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    It’s all but been confirmed lebron and bosh are going to chicago. the only thing left to speculate is who joins wade in miami… boozer? i dont think joe johnson fits well in a system with wade

  9. terry - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    There’s only one ball used during a basketball game. This sounds like a rumor someone deliberately planted to smoke out the wssw, from among many applicants.
    On the other hand if it’s true it ain’t gonna work. Even Pat Riley couldn’t handle that trio.
    And if Riley is begging somebody – ANYbody to take Beasley’s contract and this works it would make the NBA look about as crooked as it did when the Lakers got Pau Gasol from Memphis a few years back for two new pair of sneakers and three pounds of monopoly money.
    W – world’s
    S – stupidest
    S – Sports
    W – Writer

  10. flavorblade - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    I could work if Lebron decides he wants to average a triple double on offense and play up front ala Magic; rather than from the wing as a primary scorer ala Jordan. Lebron gets into trouble with his game when it’s like he can’t decide if he wants to be Magic or Jordan. Kobe doesn’t have that problem he knows his role and talents dictate he play like Jordan. Lebron has almost to much talent; Magic court vision and size with Jordan scoring creativity and speed. With Miami he can narrow his focus. Be the 21st century Oscar Robertson. This is a good season stat line for the threee in Miaim.
    Lebron: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists
    Wade 26 points, 5 assists, 3 steals
    Bosh 22 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks
    It would take a great deal of maturity on their parts. For instances on off nights by Wade, Lebron may have to score 30. On 30 plus nights by Bosh, Lebron may only need to score 12, but get 17 assists. Wade doesn’t bring the ball up, Lebron does. They have to play sound pick and roll. Bosh can get his better that way than post up.
    Communication is key. I think it could work. Lebron is not a scoring fanatic. Wade is not an ego maniac, and Bosh just wants to win.
    Now who wants to take a pay cut? Wade is the one already there, and would want to be the locker room leader.

  11. Rock - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    The merger of Wade, James, and Bosh sounds good on paper, but this merger does not gurantee the Heat a NBA crown. Ask Philadelphia 76ers when they had names like World “B” free, Julius “Doc” Erving, Caldwell Jones, Maurice Cheeks, Daryl “Chocalete Thunder” Dawkins, Bobby Jones, and another super star forward, who’s name I cannot recall. But this lineup together did not win a championship. How about those Laker of Koby, Shaq, Fisher, Malone,”The glove” Payton and other superstars, this group did not win the Title. Chicago won it when they put role players , who understood their task in each and every game. There were no confusion as to getting the ball to Michael Jordan.
    We all know that super stars want to the ball and so does the not so superstar. Therefore to put these three on the same team will only be about the MONEY paid and received, but NO NBA title. ( not saying that they cannot win one together, because Boston prove that it can be done, but will it, 100 plus games is different then less then 20 or whatever the number is in winning the GOLD.

  12. ron - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    the only problem is lebron does not want to be the 21st century oscar. he wants to be the 21st century lebron king

  13. pay attention - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    the article does say that wade is in chicago. what are you talking about?

  14. flavorblade - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    In addition for starting role players this team needs a small starting guard that can play good D on the opposing teams point guard and can shot the spot up three. Lebron plays the point on offense but he can’t chase a Jamel Nelson all night on the other end.
    Need a defensive big body center. On defense it’s gong to be steals city, by taking some many chance they need a safety net. Somebody that can keep the other team off the boards. A center on this team could do a great job and only average 3 points a game. As long as they not picking boards over his back it’s all good.
    First player of the bench. The knee burner. Somebody that gets pay back for all the cheap shots, dives for loose balls, and is just all around fiery personality.

  15. dave - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    the heat need a cast of supporting players, every great team has one. What will happen if lebron fouls out? Who will come off the bench?
    The lakers and celtics both had a group of bench role players who did their assignments. You can get to the conference finals on raw talent but the talent needs to meet the coach’s game plan.
    If they traded beasley, they would only have 2 players undercontract in james jones and chalmers, that’s horrible.
    I really though that the Nets would have nabbed him had they gotten John Wall but Chicago seems to be the best choice for him to get it done now. He doesn’t want to play 2nd fiddle to D-Wade who already is the King of Miami. Derrick Rose isn’t even a shoot first type of PG, Lebron too, they both had to score every time they had the ball because they were sorrounded by bum teamates.
    http://hoopshype.com/salaries/miami.htm

  16. Uhhmmm - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Evan
    “I love how Phil Jackson is considered some kind of guru for helping develop the “triangle offense” and having two hands worth of rings. Take away Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and how many rings does he have? ZERO.”
    Yeah that makes perfect sense. Let’s just take away Paul Pierce and see how many Doc Rivers has. Or how about Tim Duncan to see how far Popovich goes.
    It takes a good coach to harness raw talent. I bet all three of my bottom dollars if LeBron was coached by Phil, his ass would be placing rings on his toes. It’s called the NBA.
    Welcome.

  17. flavorblade - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    I understand what you are saying. Guys got to realize it’s a team sport. The King has to realize there’s a difference between being talented and being great. What good is crown without any jewels? They cost. Payment sacrifice.

  18. Cydney - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    LeBron Big Baby James is never going to win another championship but what Dwayne Wade needs to do is have a plan B for the third man on his roster. He took what Kevin Garnet and Charles Barkley said to him during the playoffs to heart: Find teammates who have the mindset of winning a championship who are great players that can check their egos at the door. What’s going to happen is LeBron is going to act like the a$$ he’s been in the league and next year, Wade will have a championship and LeBron will be the new pariah like Iverson was in the league for years.When Wade said he could be on a team with other star players if it means getting a championship, he meant it. LeBron ‘s a$$ is going to mean nothing with his fecked up attitude. Kobe may have more rings, but Phil Jackson kept everyone else on the team in the right mindset: we need to win a championship, forget about the guy’s ego-that will not make him the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) ‘ cause I already coached that guy (Jordan). Kobe is going to go down as the guy who got rings but no true respect from writers or the players. When Magic, Barkley, Bird, and those guys sat down for an interview, they all , ALL said that Kobe was not the GOAT but Michael Jordan was an why he was on and off court with his team & the league. Kobe and even LeBron down get it.

  19. Cydney - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    LeBron Big Baby James is never going to win another championship but what Dwayne Wade needs to do is have a plan B for the third man on his roster. He took what Kevin Garnet and Charles Barkley said to him during the playoffs to heart: Find teammates who have the mindset of winning a championship who are great players that can check their egos at the door. What’s going to happen is LeBron is going to act like the a$$ he’s been in the league and next year, Wade will have a championship and LeBron will be the new pariah like Iverson was in the league for years.When Wade said he could be on a team with other star players if it means getting a championship, he meant it. LeBron ‘s a$$ is going to mean nothing with his fecked up attitude. Kobe may have more rings, but Phil Jackson kept everyone else on the team in the right mindset: we need to win a championship, forget about the guy’s ego-that will not make him the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) ‘ cause I already coached that guy (Jordan). Kobe is going to go down as the guy who got rings but no true respect from writers or the players. When Magic, Barkley, Bird, and those guys sat down for an interview, they all , ALL said that Kobe was not the GOAT but Michael Jordan was an why he was on and off court with his team & the league. Kobe and even LeBron down get it.

  20. 417kev - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    I personally don’t like Lebron James, I don’t like his attitude, his behavior ect. But personal feeling aside, how many superstars in the NBA looked at what the Celtics did with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, & Kevin Garnet getting together & thought hmm we should do that? Quite a few I imagine. Wade, Bosh & Lebron are no different.
    As for Lebron if he wants a chance to win titles NOW instead of later or worse not at all he has got to get with some other top NBA players, he’s not winning any titles in Clevand, the talent & money just isn’t there for it. I think it will be either Chicago or Miami. because regardless of wade, lebron, & bosh, you still have to have a good supporting cast.
    There are alot of good free agents this year, & it will be interesting to see who goes where.

  21. jonnymac - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    the hilarious thing will be next year when baby james still doesn’t have a ring!….LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    haters

  23. Iowa H-BR - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Unless I am mistaken even if all three of them turn up on the Heat the rules of basketball will not be changed to allow more than 1 basketball in play per game. A movie with three John Waynes? I think not.

  24. probbrant.com - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Wow, this sure did get folks fired up. Seems like this place should be named “probasketballrant”!
    Y’all bangin on the writer as some off the wall newb hack are just proving yourselves morons. Rob has been writing grounded, well respected hoops blog for along time. Which if you’d bothered to check you’d know, but — ya didn’t, and don’t. I suspect he’ll go back to his blog, rather than waste any more if his time with y’all.
    Laterz haterz

  25. phil collins - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    this scenario doesnt make any sense. it would leave the team with 5 players under contract and absolutely no cap room. no matter how good your superstars are, they cannot do everything. a championship caliber basketball team needs role players, a defensive anchor down low, a solid bench, etc…as for the celtics comparisons; the reason the big 3 worked so well was the immense sense of urgency due to the limited window the team had. i dont know if that same urgency would be there with this proposed miami team. in fact, i could easily many players (other than wade) feeling almost entitled to a ring due to the hype.

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