LeBron James dreams of featuring in a team comprising of Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul before retiring. Not in the Olympics, but in the NBA. James himself has revealed his dream.
James, in an interview with the Bleacher Report, said that he hopes to play with his dear friends before retiring. The story titled “brotherhood” reveals LBJ’s close bonding with Wade, Anthony and Paul. They also vacationed together last summer.
“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,” James said, according to the Real GM. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”
James has played four years with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh during his stint with the Miami Heat. They appeared in four consecutive NBA finals and clinched the title twice. James then returned to Miami.
Wade will become a free agent this summer. James is on a one-plus-one contract this season. Paul and Melo will be eligible with an early termination option in 2017 & 2018 respectively.
“it would be pretty cool,” James said. “I’ve definitely had thoughts about it.” But are thoughts of such a combination realistic?
The teams aiming to become a contender in the league recruit one superstar talent as a primary ingredient. James’ dream here is far fetched. In his proposed side, there are three such superstars. James himself, Anthony and Wade, who are capable of becoming the best player of any team.
More complex question is that; can James’ and Melo co-exist? How about Wade and CP3? Paul and LeBron? Melo and Wade? Wade sacrificed space for James in Miami, himself playing the second fiddle.
LeBron James is still the best in the business. But he is also on a subtle decline. He needs to be assisted more, he need more ball in hand. He is going through the worst season of his career in terms of three-point shooting, according to Fox Sports. Paul and Anthony are not the kind of guys willing to play off the ball. If they prefer to do so for the first time in their career, it’s fine. The combination might work.
So, as of now, it’s a dream of a champion who is very fond of his friends. The reasoning behind it is more of emotional, rather than reasons. Technically speaking, in the NBA circuit, it’s not realistic.