Joe Johnson Signed With The Heat Because LeBron James Scared Him Off, And That's Not At All An Assumption
Uproxx- Sources with knowledge of James’ intentions informed cleveland.com that the four-time MVP made it known to Cavaliers’ management and Johnson that he would slide to power forward on a permanent basis to open up a starting spot for his former Olympic teammate.
“All I care about is winning. That’s all that matters to me,” James confirmed to cleveland.com. “A piece like Joe, you know what it does to your team and if he was concerned about playing time or concerned about starting, then I’ll sacrifice. I’ll sacrifice to get a guy like that to help us try to win a championship.”
Jesus Christ LeBron, you have been on like three summer long tours where every franchise basically sacrificed their pride to woo you and you still didn't learn that it's all about the chase? It was like a foregone conclusion that Joe Johnson was going to sign with the Cavaliers after he was bought out by Brooklyn. You know why he didn't? Because LeBron James reeked of desperation. Maybe if he got off his knees for a second and looked a little less needy then he would have the help of a solid, versatile wing player in - what appears to be - his never ending attempts to win one for "The Land" (::washes puke taste out of mouth::).
Why the hell would Joe Johnson want to go play with LeBron when LeBron acknowledged that he would switch positions to play with him? LeBron's never been selfless before. That's a huge red flag. The last thing you want to be is indebted to a fickle, temperamental baby that never hesitates to throw up subliminal tweets every time he feels even remotely slighted. Can you imagine the social media blitzkrieg we would see if LeBron turned over the starting small forward position, and he was unhappy with what Joe Johnson was doing with it? The opportunity to win a championship isn't worth the amount of passive aggressive bullshit Joe Johnson would have had to endure at the hands of 'The King'. The guy just got done playing multiple seasons with Deron Wlliams. The last thing he wants is to be enslaved by the constraints of an enigmatic, high maintenance, ball dominant teammate. Thanks, but no thanks. LeBron looked too anxious, and he scared away a player that has found his game upon arriving in Miami. I have it on the good authority (my own common sense) that was the only factor at play.
P.S. A picture has never fit a take more than the photo above.