In 2010, LeBron James announced that he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade in Miami along with Chris Bosh to form the original big three.
Much like in 2012, when Dwight Howard and Steve Nash left their respective teams to join Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Miami Heat team made promises when they came together. James, Wade and Bosh set the expectations so high–it was impossible for them to deliver. As a result, the Heat and James were forced to face severe negative attention during their first season as the big three–much like the Lakers are right now.
As it stands, the Lakers chances of even making the playoffs get slimmer and slimmer with every loss and injury.
Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald recently spoke to James and Wade about the Lakers and their struggles.
James feels that the pressure the Lakers are facing now isn’t as severe all of the negative attention that the Heat drew in 2010. This is what he told Goodman:
“No one will ever be able to compare what we went through,” James said. “Even though they’re not winning and they’re losing a lot of games, it’s still nowhere near what we went through.
“Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.”
Wade agreed with James statement, saying, “It’s the Lakers. They’re America’s team. I keep saying it. They’re the standard of what the NBA has been for years, Boston and the Lakers. But the Lakers are in L.A., the big market. So, from that standpoint, you understand it. You get it.”