Forget Lebron, Dwyane Wade is still King of South Beach

Who is the real King of South Beach?

Lebron James has been known as the “king” ever since he entered the NBA in 2003. 2 MVP seasons, 1 NBA finals appearance, and career averages of 27.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for Lebron James has meant for the most part that this title has gone undisputed.

Until now.

The unification of 3 of the NBA’s top 10 scorers in Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lebron James has left some questions regarding who the alpha male is for the Miami Heat. Well, Chris Bosh really isn’t in that discussion but I felt his name deserved mentioning.

Unlike Lebron, Dwyane Wade has already won over fans in Miami with his flashy play (no pun intended), and of course, leading the Heat to an NBA championship in 2006.

Recently, Lebron James’ competitive drive has been in doubt due to his decision to flock to Miami to form a super team. Many say that his decision to join Wade and Bosh has shown that he has no desire to be the leader who takes his team to the promised land. They say that if guys like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant were in his situation they would never have made that same choice. The best want to beat the best, not play with them.

I am one of those people who completely agree with this assessment.

This has been said so often but it was evident in the Cavs-Celtics series when Lebron flat out gave up in game 5. There is no way Kobe Bryant would ever give up on his team no matter how frustrated he was with their performance or lack thereof. Lebron’s quitting was basically saying “my teammates are garbage and I am sick and tired of doing this.” On the other hand, during the Kobe-Shaq days, Kobe Bryant was doing all he could to get rid of Shaq because he was sick and tired of hearing how good Shaq was.

Kobe Bryant wanted to be and undeniably is the man. Lebron James just wants to be one of the guys.

The fact that Dwyane Wade has already won a championship already gives him the upper-hand on Lebron. He has been to the NBA finals and is a true winner. However, since their 2006 NBA championship, the Heat have struggled to build a solid team around Dwyane Wade. If you think Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Shaquille O’Neal and Delonte West is a weak supporting cast then I’m not sure what Jermaine O’Neal, Carlos Arroyo, Quentin Richardson and Michael Beasley is.

With absolutely no team around him, Wade was still able to produce playoff appearances in the last two seasons.

Now obviously it wasn’t just Lebron James who decided that they were going to join forces in Miami and Dwyane Wade had a lot to do with this as well. In this case though, Dwyane Wade did not leave the only team he knows to solely win a championship. Wade is not getting any criticism for joining a super team because he is not doing it to ensure that he has at least 1 championship ring to his name when it is all said and done.

In addition to that is, to Miami Heat fans, Wade will always be considered top dog. I don’t know if there could possibly be any Miami Heat fan who has not had their heart won over by Dwyane Wade. He has already done so much for the franchise that Lebron James would have to be beyond superhuman to dethrone Dwyane Wade in Miami.

It will be apparent that all of the big 3’s numbers are going to dip to an extent next season and in the seasons to come, but I don’t see there being a big difference between Lebron’s and Wade’s numbers.

Championships may be won, and Most Valuable Player’s crowned but it will take a lot more than a title to oust the real King of South Beach.

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27 Responses to Forget Lebron, Dwyane Wade is still King of South Beach

  1. I completely agree with what you are saying in this piece. It is completely well written and expresses what almost everyone feels. You completely nailed it. I think Lebron is a coward for leaving and going to another man’s team.

  2. willmanso says:

    You make some very valid points. I still think Lebron made the right choice. He has to chase the title. Yet, your points are well made, and you’re right, D-Wade will continue to be the King of this town.

  3. Benti says:

    Well, Willmanso that depends. If Lebron wanted to be remembered like a Jordan, then Lebron made the wrong decision. The best players in NBA history won as Alpha Dogs, not as side-kicks. The best Lebron can be now, historically, is Scottie Pippen, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not a G.O.A.T

    But maybe he doesn’t want to be that Jordan. Maybe he just wants to go down as a really great basketball player. That’s what’s most disappointing to Jordan and to the fans.


  4. Bryan says:

    good article, and to the commenter above me, because of this stunt he pulled he will never be spoken about positively during the rest of his career. It is to bad because he was fun to watch but now I could care less. I also can not wait for a new story to develop in the NBA so we can all stop talking about this phony.

  5. bearsnba says:

    I agree that it isn’t going to be all peaches and cream in Miami. Now they have to get through 3 egos instead of 1. Lebron could have had so much more in so many more places. Too bad he chose a difficult one just to save a little money on his taxes. I don’t think, however, that he gave up game 5 like you and many others say. Even though he made a bad deal in Miami I dont think he would give up on a game with the type of player he is. Check out bearsnba

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  7. I think that Wade came out on top of this whole transaction. As you stated, he already is the king of South Beach, and he already has won a championship and the hearts of the Miami fans. You can’t really fault Wade for wanting to make his team better, whereas, you can fault James for runningt to greener pastures. Unfortunatley, as of late, Wade has decided to to run his mouth in defense of LeBron’s actions, which is making him look foolish. I understand that Wade wants to boost his teammates reputation, I think it would be much smarter to just leave the issue alone, and let LeBron handle his own mess. At the end of teh day, I think LeBron just wanted to take the easiest path to a championhsip so he could live it up in South Beach.

  8. Great post!

    Let me start by addressing the thought that everyone has about Jordan wanting to do it alone. It’s true that Jordan never left Chicago, but he hardly did it alone. He had Pippen, Rodman and other great role players. LeBron never had guys of that caliber with him in Cleveland. Chicago had those pieces in place for him and so did Miami so LeBron went to South Beach where the core was built for him already. The difference in the way that LeBron handled this compared to what Jordan did is this: Jordan never went out searching for guys to play with. The Bulls brought pieces in from trades and the draft, he never went out to meet with other stars to recruit them. LeBron, Wade and Bosh did. It’s the way today’s NBA works. “play smart not hard”.

    The other huge difference is that MJ had Phil Jackson. People say the NBA is a players league, but I think coaches play a bigger role than you think. Just look at how the Denver Nuggets played after George Karl left last season, think that proves my point.

    I agree that Wade is the “King of South Beach”. He’s the reason the Heat were ever a major force in the NBA. Remember when all the free agency nonsense started? It wasn’t “Bring us LeBron” it was “Bring Back Wade” or “This is Miami-Wade County”. Wade is the man in South Beach and I don’t think that will change. And since when is LeBron a “King”? Sure he’s a great player but he doesn’t have any rings. He is hardly basketball royalty at this point in his career and I never really thought of him as a “King” on the court.

  9. Great post, I totally agree with you that LeBron gave up in the playoffs to say, “Hey, look, I can’t do this with the people you put me with, so I’m leaving.” He’s not going to be The Man in Miami and I think he understands that. He needs someone else to take the lead.

    On a different note, if Dwyane Wade wants to be the king of Miami, he is going to have to make smarter comments than his recent comparison of the pressure of the media and the World Trade Center coming down. Check out my post at for my opinion. Hope you enjoy it.

  10. johnnyd9 says:

    great argument, we all know that lebron is a beast of a player, but it’s safe to say that he’s no longer the king…

  11. mberninger says:

    Good article Chris! I feel that the mere fact that LeBron James is now a member of the Miami Heat does nothing to make it “his town” or “his team”. Anyone who thinks of the Miami Heat thinks of Dwayne Wade, period. Now of course they think of him and then the big three. However there was a big difference between the Shaq that Wade won the title with and the Shaq that Lebron played with. Without Shaq and Mourning in the middle that year I’m not sure Miami wins. However the notion that some in the media have portrayed about the Cleveland front office doing nothing to get players for LeBron is beyond ridiculous. You might argue that they didn’t bring in perennial all-stars, but what team can normally do that? I would assume that more than half of Cleveland’s roster was new in the last 2-3 years. Anyway, to answer the article, until something on court changes, in my opinion the Heat is Dwayne Wade’s team. Please check out my blog and comment on my LeBron article and let me know what you think.

  12. wineandgold says:

    I agree with what you said, LeBron is taking the easy way to win Championships. How is that going to make him “King”? Being from Cleveland many feel the same way as well as betrayal from their one and only hometown kid.

    I do disagree with you saying Kobe never quit. If I remember he did demand a trade a few seasons ago when the Lakers sucked. So he might have quit in that sense but Kobe at least stayed an now look at what happened.

    Thanks for reading my post. Follow me on my twitter. @Cavfan4life

  13. Silva00 says:

    “They say that if guys like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant were in his situation they would never have made that same choice. The best want to beat the best, not play with them.”
    Well if you didnt know, this is false… because Kobe Bryant said that he wanted to be traded when his team was losing. so L.A. did what they had to do and got Gasol in order to keep Kobe from quitting on his team. get ya facts straight man. Don’t hate on LeBron for wanting to win. he was with Cleveland for 7 years and the best they done was get swept in the finals. Who wants to stay on a team where that’s the best you can do? I bet if any of you were in his shoes you would leave too! ask a real baller.. its not about being some idol or something.. its about winning.. at the end of the day you want to win… no one wants to be labeled as a loser in the NBA so he did the best thing he could do to win. LeBron will still be labeled as the “King,” no matter where he is, he will be doing the same thing but now he has MUCH BETTER players with him so he doesnt have to do everything all by himself.



  14. Derek Lawrence says:

    Yeah I fully agree with you. I think this arrangement is a great move for Bosh and Wade, but an awful one for LeBron. Look at every appearance these guys make together, Wade is in the middle every single time. You would think that maybe LeBron one accidentally be in the middle atleast once, but nope. I think that says alot.

  15. Andrew says:

    Hi Chris, thank you very much for your kind words about my article. Many people dismiss the “superteam” as you call it out of a concern for how the three will coexist on the court. I think these fears are unfounded because, exactly as you described in your piece, Wade is perfectly content to be the top dog. Bosh will be the utility man, LeBron will be the facilitator, and Wade will be the finisher. This entire free agency is as much a coup for Wade as it is for anyone else in the league. He managed to lure two other superstars to his home turf, managed to get them to agree to paycuts, and got an inside look at the competition. Pretty impressive in retrospect, and it leaves little doubt as to who will be the leader on the Heat.

    To be fair to LeBron, I would speculate that he much of his decision was motivated by a desire to get the “win a championship” monkey off of his back. I expect that sometime down the road he will go somewhere else and attempt to do it on his own, but I also expect him to fail in the effort. For all his talent, he just does not seem to have that killer instinct.

    Thank you again for your praise for my article. I look forward to further chats about sports.

    – Andrew from The Andrew Blog featuring the article Lebron James: To Judge Or Not To Judge

  16. This is the perfect situation for Wade. He let LeBron come to him.

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  18. JPCleveland says:

    Good points. It was interesting to see Jordan’s comments along the same lines.

  19. In general I agree with you here Chris, however I must dispute your one point about Kobe never quitting on his team the way Bron-Bron did this spring. Kobe did just that in Game 7 of the 2006 opening-round series with Phoenix, in which is Lakers blew a 3-1 series lead. He only took three shots in the second half, and his body language was extremely negative. He went into “spoiled, petulant child” Kobe mode. So it’s not as if his resume is without blemishes.

  20. jusedayne says:

    Hey Chris, thanks for checking out my blog! I want to say that I agree with you 100% on the topic as you provide some very STRONG points…I can’t wait to see how it all pans out this year but we can all agree that we know the outcome this will have on his legacy in terms of being “One of the Greatest.”

  21. bosh servis says:

    thanks for information

  22. thanks for commenting on my blog. i agree with you. lbj went for the easiest way for a championship. although i can see it as an act of unselfishness, we cant erase the fact that he is lebron james and he should be great. great players lead. i cant remember a marquee player who just went to another team just so he can be with the best players and have a sure win at a title… unless he is already a veteran without the superstar status.

  23. alboss2010 says:

    I want to thank you for commenting on my block. Your article is very interesting and i agree with you a lot because Miami will always be Dwayne Wade’s team and he will always be the Alpha Male. Also if you notice all of this backlash that people say either about LeBron or the New Big Three, you notice Dwayne Wade is the only one replying and defending his friends. That alone shows the traits of the alpha male. I look forward to read more of your blogs. Continue to follow my blog as I use body language and facial expressions with the everyday life to find the truth in all of our emotions even when we might try to mask them.
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  25. Brian says:

    I think both D-Wade and Lebron are fantastic player and they are probably going to be future Hall of Famers. I believe when Lebron left Cleaveland for MIAMI, he and Wade had a plan/understanding as to how they were going to function together in the same team as they already do for Team USA and Eastern Conference team. To Lebron’s defence, he is a marvellous player and I think everyone is just mad for the way he left Cleaveland bt it does not change who this guy is. I personally Like D-Wade ahead of Lebron but that doesn’t make Flash the better player, it just means that the’re both exceptional athletes and finally watch out Kobe and the Lakers.

  26. Derrel "Jazz" Johnson says:

    When you root for a team, like me rooting for the Knicks, you may have a favorite player, but you root for all the players on the team. I think Miami fans have loyalty toward Wade for being there his entire career but would obviously be fans of everyone on the team. Sometimes teams can have co-leaders, like the Celtics.

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