It seems no longer that a player will stick it out for the team that drafted him, no longer will a player gut through the heartbreak of multiple playoff losses, and use that as motivation to get to the top.
This new school era, looks like it will take the easy way out.
LeBron James a back-to-back NBA MVP, did not want to gut it out with the Cavaliers, he decided that the time is now to go chase a ring.
Charles Barkley did it in Houston, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton with the Lakers, Kevin Garnett going to the Celtics. They all went to different franchises, with dominant superstars to chase a ring, but there is one difference.
Their best playing days were behind them, AKA they were out of their prime.
That’s why LeBron James teaming up with Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh was such a dynamic shift in the history of the league. This doesn’t happen, heck it never has. Dwayne Wade and LeBron James are the two best players in the league behind Kobe Bryant.
Chris Bosh isn’t too shabby either, a top 10 talent no doubt, and now they are all on the same team.
Maybe, this generation of superstars have got smarter. Rather, then wait it out, and possibly have to chase a ring at the end of their careers, they team up with the best the league has to offer earlier in their career, to almost guarantee a ring before its too late.
LeBron has seen the stigma attached to Barkley, Malone, and Stockton, and he doesn’t want that. But, what’s more honorable, figuring out a way to win it all with the team you have went to battle with the last 7 years. Or put your ego aside, and decide its time to go team up with other superstars to gain that ultimate prize.