Ask any fan of the Miami Heat and they'll probably tell you that anything short of an NBA title would be a huge failure. Now, in year two of the Big 3 experiment of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the fans may grow restless if their team isn't hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the 2012 playoffs. But when Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel brought up that same question to James and Wade, their responses were not only varied, but they were quite surprising.
“The season won’t be a failure,” James said. “You put too much work into a season to automatically call it a failure, but it would be a disappointment. This is our goal. This is what we’ve come together for. A failure is a strong word. We commit ourselves and we dedicate our season, we work hard every day and to automatically say it’s a failure, I think that’s a big word. But I think it’d be a disappointment, because that’s what you work hard for every day.”
“I say yes,” (Wade) said. “There’s only one champion. It’s a failure for every other team. If you don’t win a championship, you had a failed year.”
As we all know, Wade has always been a fierce competitor and his comments reflect that. Meanwhile, LeBron plays the passive card again. Hey King James, where's the do-or-die competitive spirit that your childhood idol Michael Jordan exhibited throughout his playing days? It's undeniable that, statistically, Bron Bron will go down in history as one of the best to ever play the game, but what separates the great ones from the legends is their heart and "hate to lose" attitude. What group does James want to placed within?
[via Pro Basketball Talk]