Thursday, July 8, 2010

Congratulations to Miami

LeBron James will join the Miami Heat. The rest of us can go on with our lives, and in case you'd forgotten:

The oil still leaks in the Gulf of Mexico. Troops continue to fight in Afghanistan. Searing temperatures continue to bake the country, making life even more dangerous without proper shelter and cooling.

Back to Fantasyland (a.k.a. NBA Free Agency), my blood began to boil a little listening to NBA analysts call LeBron's move to the Heat a "sacrifice." What is he giving up, other than money? He's moving to Florida, he'll play alongside 2 very talented guys in Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, and he'll be paid handsomely to do it. Mind you, he's not getting the full amount he would have gotten had he stayed in Cleveland, but he's still going to get double-digit MILLIONS. Sorry if I am not crying for his "sacrifice."

Off my soapbox now, the Heat have a huge amount of pressure on them now. not only do they have to win, they have to win a lot. As in set the wins-in-a-season record, and then blitz the playoffs. And then, they have to do that again. And again.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. said after winning the Nationwide race in Daytona last Friday (the one he drove his father's blue Wrangler 3 tribute car), he felt tremendous pressure because if he had finished 5th, "people would have said, 'why do it? what a waste of time."

Such is the quandary facing the Heat. Why bring in all this talent, and have these guys take less than they could have gotten elsewhere, if you aren't going to be the best team in the NBA?

Mike Solarte

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