LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammate Dwayne Wade, pictured above at a Florida State-Miami football game, have been noted for recently attending a Duke-Miami hoops contest in Coral Gables. Also in attendance was Kobe Bryant, who threw up the infamous “The U” hand gesture, making his rooting interest known. James, on the other hand, has already gone on record as a Seminoles fan.
Neither Bryant nor James, of course, went to the school they’re supporting, as each passed on college to begin his NBA career. But the connections between these superstars and the historic collegiate football powers with which they’ve associated themselves are a bit eerie– and maybe even somewhat prophetic.
The University of Miami’s football team has won five national championships. Just as Kobe has won five NBA titles. FSU recently captured its third national championship. How many titles does LeBron have? Two. Which I suppose means the Heat are due to pull it off again this year, so he can keep pace.
More interesting, however, is what this curious alignment says about the present and future. The Lakers’ best days are well behind them, as they’re past their prime and a long shot to even make the playoffs this year. Similarly, for the Hurricanes, the glory of the 80s, and even their 2001 title, seem a distant memory. Since the ACC instituted a conference championship game in 2005, Miami has yet to even play in it.
The Heat, on the other hand, are coming off back-to-back titles and in the midst of a dynasty, the likes of which the Seminoles, with returning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, may just be poised to replicate. How many titles either team goes on to win remains to be seen. But we all recall the initial prediction LeBron made in the video below.