The basketball world was absolutely stunned when LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all announced they’d be signing with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010.
Now, after James proclaimed how much he’d love to play with Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, similar feelings are felt.
Ric Bucher joined The Doug Gottlieb Show to discuss the possibility of LeBron James and his superstar friends joining forces for a few years before their careers dwindle away. Spoiler: he can’t really imagine a scenario in which it actually happens.
“I don’t like to be the ‘it’ll never happen, it’ll never ever happen,’ but, if there’s anything that is more unlikely to happen, I can’t think of one,” said Bucher.
Bucher understands the tight, brotherly bond that the four share and gets why LeBron would be wishful for that to happen.
“I do believe that it is a genuine connection that Wade, Chris Paul, Carmelo and LeBron have,” said Bucher. “So it’s a little bit of pie in the sky talk and thinking.”
For all that he doubts the quartet to team up, the reaction to the rumors have been the same to a prior unfathomable coalition of talent.
“Let’s not forget back in the day when the rumors first came out that Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James were going to get together in Miami, everyone thought ‘that’s never going to happen, that’s impossible, that can’t possibly happen,'” said Bucher. “And indeed it did.”
Even if there was a scenario in which it could work, Bucher isn’t sure what site would host this experiment.
“It’s hard for me to imagine the franchise that would invest in doing that,” said Bucher.
But why would James even be playing these games? Not necessarily just his desire to work with his best friends, but the unfollowing of the Cleveland Cavaliers Twitter account and the cryptic messages he’s put out on Twitter.
“This is a passive aggressive move on just getting back at the media,” said Bucher. “It goes with all of the cryptic tweets, it goes with the unfollowing the Cavs. It’s basically doing something and watching everyone get into a big huff of what he’s done. It’s his passive aggressive way of saying ‘you guys over-react to every single thing that I do.'”
As far as on court basketball is concerned with Cleveland, it hasn’t got much to do with the reports that Kyrie Irving is unhappy or that Kevin Love is alienated. Quite the contrary is what Bucher has observed.
“The chemistry among the guys from a personal standpoint seems to be pretty good from what I’ve seen,” said Bucher.
The consternation is real, though. Bucher thinks there’s just a feeling around the team that they’re simply not better than the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs.
“It’s just the realization of ‘this puzzle just does not fit together,'” said Bucher. “In any other instance it’d be easier to live with that if you weren’t under the pressure of LeBron thinking ‘if I don’t win it this year maybe I never win it and this whole drive to go back to Cleveland will be for naught.'”