June 30th, 2012
By Bobby Toulaine -- There has been a few days for the ether to wear off. The lustre of an NBA Championship will not wear off for a long time
-- especially for Le Bron James. There are questions that this NBA Championship raised, though.
At one time during the play-offs, I noticed that Dwayne Wade said that he had conceded that the Miami Heat were Le Bron James' team
now. Is that true? Does he really feel that way? Wade has always seemed to be a guy that took a great deal of pride in being a star and a leader -- and he has already won one championship without Le Bron -- so will he want to go to another team sometime that is Dwayne Wade's team again. Or is he just going to enjoy the fame and notoriety -- and endorsement income -- that accompanies sequential championships?
Even though James is a formidable player -- there were times when it appeared that James was playing on shear will and determination in
the waning moments. Was that determination the result of wanting to desperately to get his first championship and get the monkey off his back -- that he doesn't show up when it counts in the big ones? If that was the case -- he certainly took care of that one this year. But does that mean that having taken care of that -- he ever have that kind of drive and determination again? Because I think it is fair to say -- that without the seeming indomitable will and determination of Le Bron James this NBA Finals -- OKC goes home champions. And next year -- the Thunder will be the guys with the hunger.
Or is this just the beginning? And it is not -- one -- not two -- not three -- not four -- not five -- not six -- not seven -- but eight NBA
Championships that await Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Le Bron James and the Miami Heat! And if that is the case -- wouldn't you just hate being the Oklahoma City Thunder for the next seven years? Be a little bit like having perhaps your best team in franchise history -- at least since 1979 -- and who do you meet at the NBA Finals but the Chicago Bulls -- with Scotty Pippen and Michael Jordan -- in their primes.
Like they say a little over west of Oklahoma City there -- out in the west Texas oil fields -- "if it weren't for bad luck -- we'd have no luck-a-tall".