In one sense it makes total sense that LeBron James would want a max deal, after all, he is the greatest basketball player on the planet. On the other hand it would seem to make more sense that he would be content with a smaller deal to have a better team — hypothetically.
Last I checked there is no one who believes that LeBron isn’t the best player in the world (or at least anyone who has a pulse) so it only seems right that he would get a max deal. When you truly look at it there are many ways to take this. The first thought is the fact that everyone seems to be talking about the simple fact that he wants a max deal. It is easy for the rest of the world to say that LeBron should be fine with a smaller contract because “he gets so much money in other platforms.” At first glance this is true and seems to make sense, but here is one thought to wrestle with – the rest of the world isn’t LeBron James.
Think about it. I’m not LeBron, if you’re reading this you most likely aren’t LeBron (unless LeBron is actually reading this of course) so that means that the rest of the world can’t really know how he thinks. Our current culture says that the most talented individuals in their respective fields get rewarded with the biggest salaries and praises for their performance.
Whether this outlook on success in our culture is accurate or not how can we in any way express dissatisfaction towards this “system” that so many people are calling on LeBron to break? At the end of the day he is the best player in the world and – according to our standards — deserves a max deal, if not the biggest one possible.
That being said, it would also make perfect sense for LeBron to be content with all the money he already has and take a smaller deal to have a better team. This seems to be the obvious decision for most. It just makes sense. LeBron wants to win titles, his best option would be to get a smaller deal and bring in better players to Miami — or where ever he chooses to play.
But there is a medium ground that can be met here. What if LeBron did actually get the max deal he rightfully deserves, but also gets plenty of other good players to join him and fight for another title?
Let’s assume he chooses to stay in Miami. At the end of the day there is no denying that LeBron is a way better player than both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade and should get a bigger contract than both of them. Four years ago it was a nice gesture for him to take the same size deal as the other two and, in some sense, all three of them had deserved their max contracts.
But in this current state it only makes sense for LeBron to get a max deal and both Wade and Bosh take smaller deals. Is there really anyone out there that believes Bosh should be getting the same money as LeBron? And Wade has certainly earned everything he has ever gotten in the league, but do we really believe that the current D-Wade should be getting paid the same amount as LeBron?
No, let’s not be foolish. James is simply the best player in the world. He deserves his max deal and should get it. For his sake (and the sake of the Heat) both Bosh and Wade should be the ones to be content and have smaller deals.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.