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Jordan preferred to beat the best, not join them

Michael Jordan, majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats,

Michael Jordan, majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, watches the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game between the Bobcats and the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Friday, July 9, 2010.(AP Photo/John Raoux) Credit: AP Photo/John Raoux

 Michael Jordan's take on two-time MVP LeBron James' decision to follow Chris Bosh to Miami and team up with Dwyane Wade to form a superpower with the Heat: 

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 The Heat will absolutely gain popularity around the NBA among those front-running types, but face a great deal of work to win over the traditional followers of this game. No one was surprised with Bosh, but the idea of James leaving to join forces with two other stars -- rather than having them join him either in Cleveland or elsewhere -- is certainly a hot topic not just among fans and media, but players, too.

If you follow the Knicks, it's impossible not to wonder if Eddy Curry ($11.2M) was all that stood in the way of making this happen in New York.

And you wonder if that would have put LeBron in a different light. He wouldn't be going to a team where a player (Wade) was already the established franchise player. He'd be viewed as the pied piper in this case.

Wade, clearly, is doing all the talking right now and that might not be a good thing. He made a misguided reference -- which was initially misquoted -- about how the media attention on this team will be so intense, "You all [media] will make it seem like the World Trade [Center] has just went down again."

Wade put out an apology on Monday and explained he was "losing a few basketball games should not be compared to a real catastrophe."

I believe that was Wade's intent. Quite frankly, he has proven to be very aware of media coverage. After all, he was part of the mastermind behind this free agency scheme Pat Riley and he pulled on all of us suckers.


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