As LeBron James and the Miami Heat prepare for a Game 5 showdown with the San Antonio Spurs, you can assume that he can’t help but to look past the 2014 NBA Finals. He must have that “what if” thought lingering in the back of his mind. It was James who said, “not one, not two, not three, not four…”, and we know the rest. But if he’s not victorious on Sunday night, his future could be very different than his predictions.
With the beating that the Heat took at the hands of the Spurs in the past two games (at home), James must be racking his mind trying to figure out what happened. Everything was good just a week ago, or maybe even a few days ago. The Heat had come off a their Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Indiana Pacers looking confident as ever. Despite the “cramp game”, James was able to help his team steal a victory in Game 2 and changed the momentum heading back to Miami.
The future was bright, and most thought the Heat would probably defend home court and ride into the sunset with a three-peat. James and the “Heatles” would make good on their numerous title predictions, and the “King” would be right up there in conversation as the greatest of all time.
Now that notion seems like a very distant dream and reality is starting to set in. James has witnessed the lack of help or production he’s received from his teammates, which could have him thinking about leaving this offseason. Or maybe he will be looking into this Carmelo Anthony deal that everyone is murmuring about.
Whatever the case may be, James’ once-so-bright future maybe become marred in a sea of failed expectations, big-name pickups or another abandonment of a franchise. Shakespeare put it perfectly when he said, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”.