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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. kompleatkaos - Jun 29, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    L.A. DRAFTED Kobe out of high school. They didn’t TRADE for him. All 14 years have been with the Lakers.
    …and it’s…”roster”!

  2. kompleatkaos - Jun 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    L.A. DRAFTED Kobe out of high school. They didn’t TRADE for him. All 14 years have been with the Lakers.
    …and it’s…”roster”!

  3. Rob - Jun 29, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    I keep seeing all this talk about Lebron taking less money to play in Miami ~ I’m wondering if the people arguing this point are taking into consideration the fact that Florida has no state income tax… what’s the income tax rate for bajillionaires in Chicago, Illinois? I mean we know that Chicago has the highest sales tax in the country – truth is moving to Illinois for a guy of Lebrons considerable means, will mean basically getting taxed out the proverbial wazoo relative to relocating to an endless summer in the 305.

  4. dbill99 - Jun 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Michael’s $30 million one contract in 1996 represented more money than the Chicago had paid him from 84-95 (the Bulls honored his contract during his baseball years). Michael was considered the best basketball player in the league before Chicago Bull’s paycheck represented such opinion.
    Lebron is the one player that hasn’t shied away from being compared to Michael. And if he wants to come anywhere close to the same league as Jordan, he is going to have to win championships.
    His endorsements will easily supplement any cut he takes in salary. And if he goes to Miami with Bosh and Wade and wins a handful of championships, his drops in numbers won’t matter. To take a paycut to win championships in one’s prime. from a PR and marketing standpoint is gold.

  5. wadeshow3 - Jun 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    everyone who has something bad to say about this article is probaly a kobe jock strap rider…

  6. wadeshow3 - Jun 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    also might i add. alot of ppl are saying 3 superstars are not enough to win a championship. so then why is everyone rooting for this to not happen. ” IT WOULD BE UNFAIR” for all them to play together. sounds like alot ppl are nervous about kobe championship run for the next few years… hahahaha. hope it does happen so ron can make a blog saying i told u morons it would.

  7. wade and the king - Jun 29, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    this would be great for the nba. and for the city of miami. not to mention that this is the only chance lebron has to win a championship.if he goes to the bulls there isnt enough expeirenceto win in the playoffs there, and the knicks and nets will take a couple of years if ever for him to winone. this is why miami is the only place that makes any sense for lebron. as for bosh for hin to even get to the playoffs would be a step up for him. he is used to playing his 82 games then calling it quits. this is his only chance to one get to the playoffs and two win a championship.these three playing together is a good trio. wade and lebron are not shot first players but are also good a creating shots for themselves. on this team bosh will deffinetly be the tird opption in the crunch time. look at last years all star game that is just a taste of what lebron and wade are capable of doing together in a game. if one of the three are having an off game the other two are good enough to take over the game. plus not many teams have three great defenders so if one of the “new big three” is being gaurded by a bad defender they can exploit the other teams weakness and win games though this player. this player will most often be bosh because tams will focus most on lebron and wade. that is whyu this is going to happeen and will be great for all three of them, the city of miami, and for the nba.

  8. heatsummer2010 - Jun 29, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    dude your dumb. lebron has already said he knows its wades team and said he would like to play with wade in miami they just ment today in miami. and who says you cant win a championship with 3 superstars apprently the celtics can do it with pierce, ray allen and KG i mean ray allen has went down a little the past couple years but im juts saying the heat are the new frontrunner to land ‘Bron and bosh as of today oh and if the heat sign bosh and lebron the next thing to build for them is a bench u cant win championships without a good bench and i already heard raja bell will most likely come to miami so theres one solid players for the bench already

  9. Chris - Jun 29, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Actually, dumbass, Kobe was acquired in a trade with the Hornets! Learn your history before flapping that cum dumpster you call a mouth!

  10. M.N. - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    I cant say my name for the record but all I can say is that Lebron James purchased 3 apartments in downtown Chicago recently..this is fact..I know this because I have friends that play in the N.B.A…..

  11. CCM - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Phil would still have 2 rings … from the Knicks

  12. searchlackey - Jun 30, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    I’m not sure that LeBron could play on a team with another up and coming superstar. Shaq was a different story because he is on his way out of the league. I quess that time will tell.

  13. OEM - Jun 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Good job on your piece.It makes sense!

  14. Dr. D - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    From now on, only people with Spellcheck and Mindcheck are allowed to comment. English 101 required for all future submissions.
    The deal makes excellent conversation.

  15. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    um kobe was drafted by charlotte stupid ass

  16. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    actually he won two championships with new york

  17. terry - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    To: Rock @ 12:13 June 29
    I couldn’t have put it better myself so I won’t even try – well said.

  18. David - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    First, not gonna happen, as stated they dont have the money.
    Second, I love reading all these articles. Who the he** is “sources?” It that “John Doe” down the gas station? Give us some correct information!

  19. terry - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that ring. Of the three we’re talking about here only Wade has a ring and he got it by taking over in the clutch – give me the damn ball and get out of the way.
    Neither Bosh or James has ever done that, and until you’ve done it you AIN’T done it.

  20. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    I remember the 1967 Phialadelphia Warriors. That team had 5 superstars on the court and one on the bench. The team consisted of Wilt Chamberlain, Chet “the Jet” Walker, Wally Jones, Hal Greer and Luke Jackson with Billy Cunningham off the bench. They won only one championship, the Celtics dominated them with team play.
    I don’t believe the Heat or any other team will win with three ego manics, oh I mean superstars on their team. Basketball is a team sport and you need players who can spell the starters or you won’t win.
    Yes, the first twenty or so games they’ll look like world beaters, but the season is 80 games long. And, without role players, you’ll never win the close ones and you’ll be worn out by the end of the season.
    Give me a team of good players and just as good role players and I’ll clean up that league.

  21. Flavorblade - Jun 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Jerry West got Kobe from the Charlotte Hornets in a trade. Do your research.

  22. flavorblade - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Who says that Lebron, Wade or Bosch are ego maniacs? I don’t know much about Bosh, but Wade and Lebron were leaders on their “roster” so they where vocal. Yeah they have endorsement deals, commercials and everything, but as far as the team stuff, I’ve never heard anyone say they where bad teammates or anything. I don’t see Barry Bonds type personalities here. I heard Jordan could be very hard to play with and would berate his teammates, actually put dudes in tears. If anything the problem will come with Lebron and Wade being to conciliatory towards each other. Pardon me; no pardon me; No I insist pardon me. See the teammates heads going back and forth; and Bosh says, F it pardon me.
    Boston’s situation worked out well because they where like a family. You have K.G as the talker and rally up guy – aggressive personality. Pierce as the string puller and best player – passive aggressive personality. Allen as the highly professional seldom talks when he does people listen – introverted personality. Throw in Rondo the talented young rebel giving leadership challenges, and then Big Baby an emotional but compliant spark plug. The strange but useful Rasheed Wallace. Then at the top you have Doc Rivers, the polished former champion, the Boss. The leadership dynamic alone almost won them a second championship in three years. That team should have a reality T.V show.
    On this Miami team it will be interesting; psych majors everywhere may actually have to do case studies on it.

  23. George - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    bosh and wade will team up in miami and lebron and amare will team up in new york

  24. George - Jun 30, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Bosh to Miami with dwade. Lebron, Amare, and rudy gay to new york. Joe Johnson to Dallas

  25. luffy - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Yes, LBJ, Wade and Bosh in Miami, then add Moses up and open up Mississippi river. The hell we care, The Lakers are still gonna win it next year, nothing can stop them coz Kobe is the god of Bball right now…

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