A lot of people criticized LeBron James and Dwyane Wade when the two stars decided to form the Miami Heat Big 3 in 2010. While most people had an issue with the basketball consequences of that decision, Charles Barkley had a problem with how the decision was conducted.
Miami Heat Big 3
When James, Wade, and Chris Bosh decided to form a superteam in 2010, it effectively changed the landscape of the NBA at that time. Three stars, still at their peak, formed one of the most feared three-headed offensive monsters in history and naturally elicited reactions from experts and fans.
Miami Heat loyalists were over the moon, while other teams feared many championships would go to South Beach, especially since the trio promised “not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven...” championships.
Now, more than a decade after the spectacle, did the three achieve what they were out to do? The Heat won two titles out of four finals appearances. The result was underwhelming, for sure. Barkley shared his views in an interview and why he thought James, Wade, and Bosh could have done better.
Dancing on stage, promising championships
In an old interview published on ESPN’s Youtube channel, the basketball star turned TV analyst claimed he didn’t appreciate James and Wade’s dancing on the stage.
“Dwyane has, like the Miami group, become a little whiny. You know Dwyane’s a great guy. LeBron is a great guy. They both great players. I’ve never criticized them as a basketball team. I did criticize them for that decision thing, when they came around on stage dancing like idiots, telling were going to win five or six championships. He's a little sensitive about that.”
Fans were treated to a show, and the trio delivered two championships. Was it worth it? Yes. Could they have done better and won more? Definitely. Critics, considering the two titles as failure, argue that it’s a blemish on LeBron James’ record. While the Heat didn’t win five or six titles as promised, it could still be considered a success.
From a marketing perspective, the show did create some noise. The promise of five, six, and seven titles added glitz and glamor to Miami’s new stars. Just compare this to Kawhi's introduction in Toronto. To each his own.