In my mind, there is a lot to dislike about the debacle that has been this NBA free agency. I dislike how the Holy Trinity obviously made this decision years ago, yet pretended to be on the fence in order to heighten suspense. I dislike how Lebron felt the need to go on TV to further make an ass of himself. I dislike how the more you hear of behind the scenes, the more it sounds like Lebron is a weak little man child who can be easily manipulated and pouts when he doesn't have his friends.
But one thing that there is nothing wrong with, is the decision itself. Everyone and there mother is coming out of the woodwork to say that this is Lebron taking the easy way out, he's quitting, he's not a real competitor. "Kobe, Jordan, Bird, Magic would never need another star to win their championship." My question to these people is what basketball have you been watching. Kobe has won his championships with Shaquille O'Neal, easily one of the top 3 players in the league at the time of their pairing, and Pau Gasol, the most skilled big man currently in the league. Jordan had Scottie Pippen, one the greatest small forwards ever and one of the most disruptive defensive players of all time, and Dennis Rodman, one the greatest rebounders and defenders of his era. Bird played with Kevin McHale, a HOFer who was one of the most skilled post players ever, Robert Parish, Bill Walton, Dennis Johnson. Magic had Kareem and Worthy. Even Bill Russell had Sam Jones, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, John Havlicek.
Where did belief that all of these guys were solo assassins come from? I would rather have a lot of those forgotten teammates than Dwayne Wade and all of them over Chris Bosh. The only difference between the legendary figures everyone holds up and Lebron is that Lebron chose his teammates where as all the others had their chosen for them by a GM. If anything, that will make the victories more impressive as Lebron was more of a factor in building the team.
So, in conclusion, hate Lebron for all that he is, a whiny, immature prima donna who thinks of no one but himself, but don't hate him for wanting talented teammates. All great champions have had supremely talented teammates, and Lebron, who is far more Magic than Jordan despite what everyone wishes, is perfectly suited to thriving while surrounded by premier talent.