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Lebron James Forms NBA NWO

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A New World Order has been formed in Miami.

For a month I said to myself I would not write a post on Lebron James, no matter what his decision. If he decided to stay in Cleveland, I probably still would not have written one. But this current scenario seems so familiar, I cannot let the opportunity pass.

For most of my life I have been a fan of professional wrestling. These days I am more low-key about it, since right now it is not considered cool to be a wrestling fan. There was a time when it used to be. In fact it was when I was a teenager 14 years ago. When Hulk Hogan did what was thought to be the impossible.

Ever since the internet became popular, even little kids today know that professional wrestling is scripted. Like a sport made into a TV program or movie. Promoters create “angles” for their own brands, hoping to gain or keep fans’ attention. For 26 years Hulk Hogan has been the biggest name in professional wrestling. Many say he was the one who made professional wrestling as big as it is today. He was a hero to little kids and adults alike. He demanded his “Hulkamaniacs” live their lives like him by training, saying their prayers, taking their vitamins, and believing in themselves. It was this concept that was the main selling point for one of the biggest angles in the history of professional wrestling. It all took place on July 6, 1996.

Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, after making names for themselves in Vince McMahon’s then World Wrestling Federation, defected for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling. WCW President Eric Bischoff then borrowed from an angle he witnessed in Japan and had Hall and Nash make their WCW debuts by acting like “outsiders,” invading the company and promising to take over. They promised to reveal a third “outsider” at the promotion’s July pay-per-view event. When their match began, Hall and Nash stood alone. They were in control when Hulk Hogan, who had joined WCW two years earlier but had taken the previous three months off, entered the arena and, to the shock of fans all over the world, attacked his own friends and joined Hall and Nash. He then went on to cut a scathing promo, denouncing Hulkamania, telling the fans to “stick it,” and saying that, along with Hall and Nash, he would take over, not just WCW, but the entire wrestling industry. They named themselves the New World Order of wrestling. Hogan in one night went from the most beloved person in wrestling to the most hated.

Why am I giving this history lesson? What does it have to do with Lebron James? Well on July 8th, fourteen years and two days after the original nWo was formed, we are witnessing the formation of another one in the NBA. All season long, fans, media personnel, and people on the inside of the NBA wondered what would happen come July 1st when Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh became free agents. Immediately speculation began that they would all sign together with the same team. All the evidence seemed to fit. They were all drafted on the same night, they all signed the same short-term contract three years ago, and they all became very close as teammates on the USA Olympic team. The Miami Heat seemed to be the only logical team for all three to play together. Bosh appeared to know right away what he wanted to do. But Lebron James had more options. As a two-time reigning and defending league most valuable player, as many as six teams had the monetary capabilities to obtain his services. Once Bosh agreed to join Wade in Miami, reports were rampant that James would do the same. Earlier this week, Lebron James stated he would make his decision on July 8th and announce it live to a national audience on ESPN. While reports continued that the Miami Heat was his choice, there were still people who believed he would not leave his hometown team in front of a national audience. Then, around 9:30 pm, the boom was lowered. James announced he would be “taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat.” With one statement, he turned on his fans and said he was leaving them and his teammates to join forces with two other big stars. Sound familiar? To me, it did. The New World Order of basketball was in formation.

Now of course, this scenario does have its differences from that in professional wrestling. First of all, Lebron James is playing the role of Hulk Hogan here. He is the biggest icon in the NBA today. He has sold out arenas all over the country and brought the Cleveland Cavaliers back to prominence. The difference is he is the outsider joining Miami’s hometown star Dwyane Wade. Also, while Hulk Hogan won six World championships prior to his turn, James has won zero. Furthermore, while nobody saw Hogan’s turn coming, everybody knew of the possibility of Lebron James leaving Cleveland to join Wade and Bosh. However, the fact still remains that, while he has not said anything bad directly about the city of Cleveland, Lebron James, loved and adored by many of its residents, has “turned heel” by dumping the city he grew up in and leaving the team he seemed to enjoy playing seven years for on national television without even telling anyone in the organization he was leaving beforehand. He joined Art Modell as the most hated man in Cleveland.

So now the nWo of basketball has been formed by Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh in Miami. Their mission is total NBA dominance. Like the WCW’s announcers said at the end of the pay-per-view after Hogan’s statement, where do we go from here? Can anybody stop them? The WCW fans’ hero was Sting, their long-time hero before Hogan arrived in 1994. Cleveland fans are looking for anybody to be their Sting. Owner Dan Gilbert immediately stepped up to the plate and put forth a Sting-like statement. But some are even looking outside of the Cavaliers to other NBA teams that are championship ready to take down the Miami Heat. What everyone knows, however, is this is just the beginning. The New World Order of wrestling added members, got stronger and eventually became one of the coolest things in wrestling history. The Miami Heat will definitely add members as three men alone cannot win an NBA championship. What Cleveland Cavaliers fans hope is that they will not develop a following outside of South Beach.

Like all wrestling angles, the New World Order eventually ran its course. Many versions of the nWo were formed over time, but nothing could hold a candle to the original. Hulk Hogan was able to regain the fans’ love. Hulkamania was reborn and probably now will live forever. Eventually the nWo in the NBA will also run its course. Whether other players in the league now or years from now attempt their own formations remains to be seen. But unlike Hulk Hogan, Lebron James will never be able to regain the love and respect from the fans he turned his back on in Cleveland. 

Credit for photo: http://www.sportsnipe.com/

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Written by apokorny

July 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

7 Responses

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  1. Lebron is the Scott Hall of the group for sure – the one with all the talent and upside in the world, but it’ll all end up wasted for various reasons. Pun not intended of course.

    They still won’t win a title though. Celtics and Lakers still match up better.

    Mark

    July 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm

  2. IS HE THE THIRD MAN?! LEBRON’S THE THIRD MAN!!!

    JoeTorre

    July 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm

  3. See my Miami Heat nWo “artwork” here:

    http://sheahey.blogspot.com/2010/07/greatest-heel-trio-since.html

    cannatar

    July 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

  4. Anthony,

    I have to agree with you in regards to Wade, Bosh and James being the NBA’s NWO. The whole situations seem orchestrated like a wrestling storyline and Lebron will no doubt be a heel in the NBA.

    People who write wrestling storylines determine who wins. Bosh, Wade and James won’t have that luxury.

    Jeff

    jeffrsabo

    July 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

  5. All three are known wrestling fans. They’ve all been seen on WWE TV at separate times. I was at the Q one night when Lebron was there. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this is what they had in mind the whole time.

    apokorny

    July 10, 2010 at 12:01 am

  6. hey dude , Thanks for writing this

    tony

    July 11, 2010 at 3:46 am


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