Call it the end of an era—the end of the King’s era.  Although it may be hard for many LeBron James fans to accept, they’re better off preparing themselves now to see another superstar player shine on the NBA’s greatest stage, because it won’t be LeBron anymore. 

LeBron James will never win another NBA title, at least not as the driving force behind one.  And he has no one to blame but himself. 

FILE – In this June 1, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, from left, sits on the bench with center Tristan Thompson and guard Kyrie Irving during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, in Oakland, Calif. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving recently asked to be traded. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

It all starts with the Golden State Warriors. They’ve won two of the last three NBA titles, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. The Warriors easily lead the odds in Vegas to win it all again in 2018, and with each of the team’s core players under contract at least through 2019, it’s probably smart to bet they’ll win the championship that year, too. 

That’s obvious, though. Who would bet against a “super team” that rosters two MVPs in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, along with two other all-NBA stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green? The Warriors are simply too loaded for any competition, so much so that it’s almost unfair to the rest of the league, LeBron included. 

But do I feel bad for LeBron?  Heavens, no. Why should I? He brought this on himself. 

Some of us may be in denial, but LeBron is undoubtedly the pioneer of building your own super team. He became that when he conspired with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form the Miami Heat’s super team back in 2010. That Heat mob went on to play in four straight NBA Finals series, winning two championships along the way. 

Sure we had seen star-loaded teams before the Miami Heat’s reign from 2010-2014. The Showtime Lakers of the 1980s rostered three Hall-of-Famers in Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabar and James Worthy, and the Boston Celtics of the ‘80s had its own trio of ‘Famers in Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish.  The Celtics also had three Hall members (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen) in 2008-’12 that helped them win a NBA championship.

But, those teams were constructed by team executives. Never had we witnessed an NBA player put together a star-studded team on his own. Never had we seen a superstar come to a secret agreement with two other stars from his same draft class on how they would each sign with the same team for the purpose of creating a new dynasty. But that’s what LeBron James did, and it changed the NBA forever.  

It’s what inspired Kevin Durant when he was contemplating what team he should join during his summer as a free agent in 2016. 

Just seven years ago, Durant took to Twitter to voice his frustration about superstars joining forces to win a title. He thought it took away from the competition of the league. But after witnessing LeBron have success doing it, clearly Durant had a change of heart when he decided to join Golden State’s already talent-laden roster. 

Now, everybody feels sorry for James because he has to go up against such a force in Golden State, totally forgetting that he had put the league through the same thing for so many years. Even when LeBron left Miami in 2014, it was to join all-stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland, basically forming another super team, only younger and faster.  With Love and Irving, LeBron would continue to dominate the Eastern Conference, reaching three more NBA Finals, consecutively. He would only win one title in those three championship appearances, but he probably would have won all three  if wasn’t for a combination of untimely injuries to key players in 2015 and Durant beating him at his own game of free agency in 2017.

Now, reports have surfaced that Kyrie no longer wants to play with LeBron. Apparently, Irving is sick and tired of LeBron playing general manager.

Fox Sports TV personality Rob Parker reported that Kyrie has simply had enough after finding out that LeBron had attempted to orchestrate a trade that would’ve swapped Irving for one of LeBron’s best friends, Chris Paul. Parker reported this all occurred during Summer ’16, shortly after Irving had helped LeBron win his third NBA title. 

Now, Kyrie no longer wants to be used as a cog in LeBron’s battle of the super teams, and I don’t blame him. I blame LeBron, instead.  

It’s a classic example of the old cliche, “Be careful what you wish for because you may just get it.”  LeBron wanted to change the landscape of the NBA, making it acceptable for players to have the freedom to create their own super team to increase the chances of him winning a title. But now he’s dealing with the side effects of that phenomenon. 

It’s like those pharmaceutical commercials we see on TV: “This medication will help with depression but the side effects may include nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth, a decreased sex drive and impotence.”

Well, orchestrating your own super team may get you a few championships but the side effects may include other superstars using your blueprint against you, while also possibly alienating some of your own co-stars.  The end result may leave you spending the final stretch of your career looking at everyone win titles while you come up short.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor