This will be short, sweet(?), and to the point...
Aspirations of a "Global Icon" Unwittingly Ended
That sums up what happened to LeBron James on Thursday night. He changed the direction of his legacy and didn't realize it until after he opened his mouth and uttered the now and forever infamous "taking my talents to South Beach" line.
You can't be a "global icon" if you can't even handle being a "local icon." James took a house being built on top of a solid foundation, picked it up, and dropped it on a pile of sand.
He's now changed his course when talking about branding. He's no longer a singular force and a brand unto himself. He's part of a conglomerate in Miami.
That being said, those claiming that he'll be "Robin" to Dwyane Wade's "Batman" or a new age Scottie Pippen are kidding themselves.
He's the on court leader of the new team in Miami. He's the best player on that roster. It's not even a discussion. Miami is NOT Dwyane Wade's town like New York is Derek Jeter's town.
Stop with the Jeter/A-Rod comparisons. They're ridiculous. Miami is not a sports town. It's a city that loves big events. No one follows the Heat in south Florida the way New Yorkers follow the Yankees.
There is Yankee lore. There is no such thing as "Heat lore."
I'll leave the "Wade is still the heart of this team" narrative to the mythmakers, psychology babblers, and Grantland Rice wannabes.
LeBron James leads this new show. He just didn't realize the collateral damage until it was too late.
"Icons" are sometimes required to make personal sacrifices for the "greater good."
The only "sacrifices" James is making now were completely unintended and benefit no one other than a few fickle celebrity gawkers in the Sunshine State.
Soapbox withdrawn. As you were...