OK, I haven’t been around for months as fortunately my real life has been filled with work and the lack of time to dedicate to pouring my opinions on sports onto paper.
Despite my absence from the sports blogging world, I still pay attention. I watch each game and read each column whether filled with venom or objectivity alike. There are few subjects however, which get my blood boiling, which require me to drop everything I’m doing and put the preverbal pen to paper to express my disbelief and disappointment in the so-called experts that cover sports. LeBron James and the myths which surround him are one of those subjects.
While his “decision” making is questionable at best, Lebron James is not a quitter, overrated or a choke artist; he doesn’t shrink in the games biggest moments and he is certainly not responsible for the world’s fledgling economy. Let’s take the obligatory look at the “decision”, was it one of the worst thought out ways to announce a free agency destination in the history of sports? Yes. However, the intentions were noble, as Lebron James made more money for the Boys and Girls Club in one night than they make in an entire year. Could he have simply written a check without the negative press? Sure. He has since realized the mistake and choose one of the biggest moments of his career (beatingBoston) to apologize for it. As for the celebration the Heat had upon signing the Big 2 and Bosh, that wasn’t his choice, it was Pat Riley’s and that choice was made to excite a fan base which has previously not had something to get excited about. Was nothing different than when the Heat signed Shaq and promised the city a title, there was no fuss then, shouldn’t be one now.
Quitters don’t score the final 25 points of the Eastern Conference Finals including 29 of the final 30 points and the game winner in OT as Lebron did against Detroit. Quitters don’t take a team with so little talent that the minute he leaves they get the #1 pick in the draft, to the best record in the NBA for 2 consecutive seasons. Quitters don’t randomly wake up in the middle of the night, and decide to go to the gym for a shoot around to get better and work on their games. Quitters don’t sacrifice the spotlight and millions of dollars in salary to put themselves in a better position to win championships. It’s funny because those same people claiming he took the easy way were clamoring for him to join their teams with equally loaded rosters in Chicago and New York --- the hypocrisy could fill another article but two guys that are the biggest culprit that come to mind are Michael Wilbon and Bill Simmons. Quitters don’t dominate a series against the team that has owned the Eastern conference the last 4-5 years including ripping their hearts out in the 4<sup>th</sup> quarter in the decisive games of the series. Quitters don’t dominate the leagues MVP and eliminate his team in 5 games.
Lebron James is the MVP in the NBA today and the most valuable player in the NBA since Michael Jordan. And you know something, he will certainly go down as the best player in NBA history when his career is done and Scottie Pippen understands that now. Know why? Because Lebron, at the young age of 26 years old understands something that most casual fans don’t and that the sports experts get but are currently so filled with hate that they don’t want to admit. Lebron James will do anything to win. It means he will defend, he will defer and when needed, he will take over the end of games like no one else in the NBA is capable of doing. Know why Kobe Bryant is sitting on 5 rings and not 6? Because in the last finals he played with Shaq, he decided, it was time for his coming out party, and rather then defer to the big man, he put on a ball hogging display no one had seen in the finals in nearly a decade.
According to the website 82games.com know who the most “clutch” player in basketball was in 07-08? Lebron. 08-09, he was second; 09-10 he was first in one of the most dominating seasons by an NBA player in history --- and this season even while learning a new offense he was still ranked 4<sup>th</sup>. When looking in the playoffs, his dominance in those situations is still better thanKobe or D-Wade but the problem is unless a guy scores 30 the general view is to dismiss everything else he does.
So here it is --- the best player in basketball will show up tonight --- he is going to put up a performance for the ages and the Miami Heat will end up winning the series in 6 games. We will all be witnesses but then some moron will probably end up writing that Lebron didn’t pass the ball enough. On second thought there is no defending Lebrob.
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