With the Miami Heat down 3-1 to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013-14 NBA Finals, LeBron James‘ future with the team with which he has won two NBA Championships is in more doubt that ever. Loyal Heat fans will be quick to say that they believe their hero will stay put, while anyone else would be even quicker to say that James is on his way out of town. Personally — being as unbiased as possible — I believe the James has played his next to last season with the Heat.
The reason I say next to last is because I think that even if the Heat lose, he wants a chance to prove he can fight through a storm and regain a championship after everyone has given up on him and his team. That’s a challenge I believe James will be willing to take on, even if his sights are set on bigger things after next season. With James returning for another season, the Heat will move some pieces around and try to help him rise from the ashes.
One piece the Heat obviously need to replace is Dwyane Wade. With his health dropping and age rising, Wade has become expendable. It is sad to say, but his best days are far behind him and I seriously doubt he can help James achieve anything beyond this point. The Big Three is more like the Big One at the moment. Chris Bosh‘s attitude and play have taken a small step in the right direction, although he isn’t the complementary piece that will propel the Heat to another championship season.
If James does decide to leave, you can expect his reputation to take another serious hit, but what does it matter when everyone is already rooting against you? James knows he can afford to make another big “decision” in hopes of reeling in a few more cheap championships. With the competition all throughout the league getting stronger — more so in the Western Conference — James knows he will have to have the help he needs in order to be in competition for NBA titles in the future. Opting to stay with the Heat isn’t in his best interest, and no one should blame him for not wanting to be a part of a train that’s about ready to glide off track.
We’ll save all the talk about where James will end up for another time, but it is just a matter of time before he makes the jump to another franchise to keep his title dreams afloat.