To be boastful is to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions and abilities.
Enter last summer: Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, forward LeBron James and San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter.
Wade: “(We are) Arguably the best trio to ever play the game of basketball.”
James: “We gonna make the world know that the Heat is back!”
James: “We gonna challenge each other in practice. Once the game starts, oh man, it’s gonna be easy.”
Splitter: “I don’t want to pass this moment never.”
Is it ok to be boastful? The answer just depends on the context you use it in. In Wade and James’ case, they were boasting last summer about joining forces on the Miami Heat (45-21) and gushing about how they would win multiple championships together.
Tiago Splitter was being boastful about signing with the San Antonio Spurs (54-12).
What’s the difference? You have two players claiming to be part of the best “trio” ever, they may need to have a conversation with: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman or any of the Lakers or Celtics historic “trios”.
On the other side you have one player excited to be part of a winning organization.
The Award The Heat Gave Themselves
The Miami Heat came into the 2010-2011 season by unanimously being handed the “Most Hated Team” award even before the season began.
LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh flirted with Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles (Clippers). They held Cleveland and Toronto hostage. The result, a free agent decision for all three to play in Miami, Florida.
The after effects were abysmal for the Raptors (fifth worst team in the NBA today) and Cavaliers (worst team in the NBA today).
The “Big 3” or “Heatles” as James coined them, began the season with high hopes as they went 25-9 from October to December.
Meanwhile, across the Gulf of Mexico, there was a team in Texas that added three new pieces as well. However, there was no giant ‘Welcome Rally’ for a European league MVP named Tiago Splitter, a young scorer from Stillwater named James Anderson and an unknown American rookie from over seas named Gary Neal.