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Winderman: Tampering? That's a bigger fantasy than the one LeBron/Wade/Bosh had

Jul 12, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bosh_wade_james.jpgFirst there are negotiations.

Then there are signings.

And then there are recriminations.

On that last count, we thought it wouldn’t get any more ludicrous than Dan Gilbert’s opening statement, and it certainly was a doozy.

But this tampering talk might just top it.

Look, players talk, players plan, players dream.

You want to keep superstars from congregating, then kill the dream team, send the college kids back off to slaughter.

Because if you’re going to sequester the game’s elite for several weeks every other year, have them buy into Mike Krzyzewski’s Kumbaya, then this is what you are going to get: Greatness finding a way toward other greatness.

When it comes to some sort of preordained, rock-solid Wade-Bosh-‘Bron pact, first consider late March and early April at AmericanAirlines Arena.

There, in a tunnel leading to the locker room, were phone banks, being manned during games, selling Heat 2010-11 tickets at a discount. The television broadcasts made you feel as if you were part of a PBS membership drive. Pat Riley even sat in during one broadcast, pitching product as if channeling Billy Mays.

If you have any iota you’re landing Wade, Bosh, ‘Bron, you’re not offering free popcorn and souvenir T-shirts.

Then go back to mid-February, when the Heat’s aggression in pushing for an Amare Stoudemire trade reached the point of fervor.

If Stoudemire was obtained, an extension would have followed. And Wade-Bosh-‘Bron would have ended right there.

And then there was were those recruiting trips by Heat management at the outset of free agency, the meetings with Stoudemire and Brendan Haywood and anyone else who could be tempted while crossing time zones.

All for show? At 65, Pat Riley doesn’t do the redeye for show.

Yes, Wade, Bosh and ‘Bron had this vision for years

Just like the Knicks had their vision when they cleared the cap.

Just like the Bulls did when they dealt Kirk Hinrich.

But for any owner, other than the owner of the Cavaliers or Raptors, to discuss any tampering claim over Wade, Bosh and ‘Bron is basically calling the owners of Knicks and Bulls, and others in the chase, a group of imbeciles, because they should have known this was all preordained.

By crying foul at this late date, they would be admitting that they were hoodwinked, that they never positioned their own franchises to succeed. That they failed.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

  1. tb - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    the problem isn’t that the players got together and talked about what team to join. The problem is wade was a heat employee while this was going on and he was getting them to join the heat. Same as if any other employee of the heat went to bosh while he was under contract to discuss this.

  2. Anonymous - Jul 12, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Spending $20 Million on a 2009 Shaq (no matter who thought it was a good idea) should be a major indication that their current regime isn’t putting together a championship team. Ever.

  3. dennis - Jul 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Sure it was overpaying. But LBJ wanted him & the owner complied. He was under contract so that’s what they had to pay. Gilbert is willing to spend anything it takes to win. Be careful, Shaq might end up with the Heat yet–& you won’t have to pay the 20+ mil because his contract expired this year.

  4. willmose - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    The NBA felt it needed a good team in the Florida market. Cleveland, Chicago and New York (like it matters whether the Knicks are good or not) not so much.

  5. Josh - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    I love how all of these Heat fans are automatically assuming that their team is going to be a winning team and that other teams are going to be losing teams. Get over yourself. We have no clue how these 3 are going to perform with each other. Better yet, we have no clue how good the support players around them will be. Quit talking so much and just let things play out. We will know how good they are when the season gets going. Until then, shut your dirty mouth. The Heat have done nothing but spend ridiculous amounts of money on 3 players. You act like you just won the championship or something. As of right now, the Lakers are the best team. As much as it hurts me to say that, it is true. I will be the first one to say congrats if the Heat turn out to be a success, but right now, I’m not counting on it.

  6. Gary - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Getting sick of this stuff. LBJ had right to play with his friends. Was classless in how he did it and was not honest, lacked integrity. 70% of what Gilbert said was correct. 30% over the top.
    Stern just like Selig. First MJ “leaves” NBA for 2 years to try to play baseball. Can we say gambling problem anyone? Then Wade is agent for Miami to land all three. Read Brian Windhorst column. Too many coincidences. Remember, baseball players didn’t do steroids. The increase in homeruns was because they were just in great shape. Stern covering up just like Selig did. In about 5 years we will find out all about NBA’s dirty little secrets.
    Who cares about NBA and baseball. Thank g-d for college sports. As a society we spend too much time on these overpaid, immature, selfish professional athletes. Definitely not ones I want my kids to look up to as “role models.”

  7. george - Jul 14, 2010 at 5:51 AM

    This is all getting pretty silly. Wade, Bosh, & James all formed the dream of playing together in the NBA during their time together on the Olympics. New York was the first team to have the idea of clearing cap space to try and sign them. Riley picked up on the idea and started making similar moves. Then, Chicago, Nets,& Clippers. The players idea was to play together………not necessarily in Miami. But, it was pretty clear that it wouldn’t happen in Cleveland or Toronto. During the process Wade was torn emotionally between Chicago and Miami. Bosh was kind of floating and it looked like he would probably have to choose between playing with Wade in Chicago or possibly with Lebron wherever he signed. It is possible that New York could have pulled this off if they hadn’t signed Stodimire early. But, Wade preferred Bosh over Stotimire because that is player with which he shared the dream. In the end Miami was their choice.

  8. al - Jul 14, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    LOL!!! The Cavs biggest error was treating LBJ like he was a GM. How do you let a player dictate what your organization is going to do? Shaq? Jamison? Williams? Hughes? None of those are a legit #2. The Cavs screwed the pooch big time. They had the best player in their history and let him get away. Do you really think a quality owner would have allowed LBJ to leave? The cavs are and always have been a joke. LBJ was the only thing that made them relevant, and the crappy Cavs organization let him get away. that whole state is a mess.

  9. al - Jul 14, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    LOL!!! The Cavs biggest error was treating LBJ like he was a GM. How do you let a player dictate what your organization is going to do? Shaq? Jamison? Williams? Hughes? None of those are a legit #2. The Cavs screwed the pooch big time. They had the best player in their history and let him get away. Do you really think a quality owner would have allowed LBJ to leave? The cavs are and always have been a joke. LBJ was the only thing that made them relevant, and the crappy Cavs organization let him get away. that whole state is a mess.

  10. ray - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    go figure wade & shaq then bron and shaq and then they meet up wade and bron I think it was funny when wade said “I feel bad for who has to gaurd both of us” referring to he and bron! What about Bosh? Left out! I’m saying the Heat are highly overated at this point Bron did absolutley QUIT on game 6 against Boston even the commentator made that clear! and his post game comments pointed to him leaving, he knew and I did! Lebron is NOT who he was in high school! He is thus far overhyped for revenue and he is destroying himself publicly! Delonte & his mom at his own MVP celebration, Boston quitness, Cavs Quitness, 2nd to Wade, partying with nude women with a writer next to him who was invited while setting a horrible example for kids and his woman must be pissed! His possible father coming forward to expose him for a DNA test fraud case! And Dan gilbert getting ready to drop bombs on him!Lebron James is a Joke he is Not WADE, Kobe JORDAN or any other true star. He is soft and although he has his moments that is all they are! Win a ring with the heat and that fight was fixed to the nba and the fans so bye bye baby Jordan your legacy has officially transferrd to D. Wade!!! He must have beat Lebron in that online poker game in his “Forever Drake video” “Lequit” “LEBUM” “LE-OSER” EVERYONE “QUITNESS”

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