BallinEurope may be a bit slow on the uptake with this one, but it appears most everyone else fascinated with the newly-created Lebron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh threesome over in Miami Heat land has missed it, too.
It’s now pretty much taken for granted that “The Decision” – or rather more appropriately “The Amalgamation” – was planned for about four years (or at least “months” as the increasingly foot-in-mouthed Wade would have it). Apparently, the Miami Thrice decided that they were just having so much fun playing together during the 2006 FIBA World Championship that they should try to, you know, make it a reality in the NBA.
…didn’t Team USA finish third in that tournament, essentially duplicating the feat of the highly disappointing 2004 Olympic team? Wasn’t Carmelo Anthony seen as the best international-style player on that team, leading the USA in scoring and becoming the only Yank on the all-tourney team? Didn’t the bronze-medal “win” in the 2006 Worlds dump America into an unprecedented no. 3 spot in the FIBA rankings?
Wasn’t James just the 19th-highest scorer in the competition, despite managing an incredible tournament-high 67.1% two-point shooting? Wasn’t Bosh ranked a mighty 70th overall in rebounding, just behind the likes of New Zealand’s Phillip Jones, Qatar’s Ali Turki Ali, and Senegal’s Jules Richard Aw? Didn’t Team USA finish a sad fifth in team rebounding, edging one-time Barkley fodder Angola by a whopping 0.2 boards per game?
Finally, didn’t it take Kobe The Killer to put Team USA (even a Team USA loaded with the future Miami Thrice, ’Melo and Dwight Howard) back over the top in 2008?
Just saying is all.
Have a ball in Miami, guys! And hey, even if a proven quantity like the Boston Celtics or Orlando Magic knocks you headliners off “early” in the playoffs, perhaps you can throw a nice beach party and watch the 2011 NBA Championship together. That’ll be fun.