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More media mishmash on LeBron

Posted on: June 2, 2009 3:40 pm
I've been over this once before, but the need has arisen to say this again. And to expound on the motives behind those who would critique the LeBron Incident. So here goes:

LeBron James didn't owe anyone a handshake or a media interview after his Cleveland team was eliminated from the NBA playoffs by Orlando. Two more writers have weighed in, both against LeBron. Bill Rhoden from The New York Times, and Michael Wilbon from the Washington Post. Wilbon did it better, but then, you already knew that.

But they're both wrong, in my opinion. Clearly I have the minority opinion, but the minority opinion can be the right opinion. Here's an example, by Brandeis. Moving on ...

Here's what bugs me the most about this whole LeBron Incident: Has anybody stopped to see who's the most mad at LeBron? I have. And I'll tell you who's the most mad at him:

1. The media. We've decided this is a big deal, so it is a big deal. And we're mad. That's what we do.

2. Basketball fans who object to LeBron's alleged greatness. Kobe fans are using this to hammer LeBron. Michael Jordan fans are, too. Fans of other players, challengers to King James' throne, care about this.

3. There is no third option. See the first two.

So what we have here is the tail wagging the dog. I'm convinced, and this is completely my opinion of course, that the average fan doesn't think James was being a poor sport, but a hurting sport, when he left the court amid the confetti. And the average fan understands that hurt carried over long enough to explain why James wouldn't speak to the media. As if James, great player or not, owed it to the media or fans to "explain himself" after the game. What he owed us was his best effort on the floor during the game, and he gave it. Speaking afterward is a bonus, and he chose not to give us that bonus. Boo-freaking-hoo.

Shut up, media. Lecture the world about something else the average fan really cares about. Like steroids ruining baseball.

That was sarcasm.

Category: NBA

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2009 2:59 pm

King James?


First off, let me contradict the fact that he does not  “owe it to anyone”.  Yes he does.  This is a man’s sport and he needs to man up and be a good sport WIN or LOSE.  Like it or not (and it certainly seems he likes it), he is a role model and kids look up to him.  The first thing you are taught in tee-ball or pee-wee league is sportsmanship, you shake hands after the game.  He doesn’t seem to have a problem having his face all over billboards, TV commercials, and everywhere else you can think of.  So, show some respect to the other players (and former Olympic teammates) and fans alike, show some sportsmanship and congratulate the winner and address the media following a defeat.  He had no problem talking it up after the big shot that won the game (the greatest shot of his career that turned out to mean nothing).  But following the elimination game he runs and hides…..good move!


Next thing is this so called throne the MEDIA awarded him.  He has no throne or courtship for that matter.  Kobe is King until he is formally removed.  So, I don’t blame the media for anything except an unwarranted, so-called crowning of a king.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2009 8:15 am

More media mishmash on LeBron

I have to agree. That was a good piece. I think it's different in youth sports. The amount of passion kids display is no less intense and losing means just as much to many fo them but it's important to show sportsmanship and develop that base for future competition. But just because the best active NBA player doesn't go congratulate the other team immediately after the game doesn't make him a poor sport. I agree he was a hurting sport and choosing to hold hus tongue immediately after the game doesn't reflect poorly on him.
I'm tired of hearing about this "incident" already.

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2009 11:46 pm

More media mishmash on LeBron

I could not disagree more with this being a good piece....It makes no sense.  I think it is pretty clear that more than just the media are pretty disappointed in Lebron's actions.  I haven't talked to anyone who thinks it wasn't an act of poor sportsmanship.  Average fans everywhere are absolutely blowing up message boards everywhere in a rage over what happened.  The average fan doesn't care or disagrees with all the articles?  What world are you living in.  It's not even a subjective thing to think about, just look at these message boards you moron (Doyel).  Anyone can be a good sport when they win, that's not a difficult thing to do.  But when you lose, no matter how bad it hurts, you need to take it like a man.

Everyone who says that other players would be crucified if they had done the same thing are absolutely right.  Kobe would be hammered.  Dwight Howard would be hammered...and rightfully so. 

If you are trying to figure out if what he did was bush league or acceptable just ask yourself one question.  What if he did that every game?  Was that the first game he really cared about that he lost?  Would Doyel or whichever jack store that wrote this article still think it was fine if he did that after every loss.  Of course not, and that is because what LeBron did was absolutely bush league.  He represented himself poorly, he represented the Cavs poorly, and quite simply it was the wrong thing to do.

I think if you are being paid at the scale where he is being paid, when you have taken sponsorships that make you a role model like it or not, then you should be able to put on your big boy pants and be a gracious loser.  Do I think that LeBron is a bad  Do I still like LeBron James, yes.  Was that a pretty bush league thing to do.  Absolutely, postively, no question.  Why doesn't the entire team just drop sportsmanship, congratulate nobody, and blow off the media.  All these guys are competitors and I can promise you those guys were hurting as well.  So lets everybody just act as bush league as we can and call ourselves competitors.

I have never seen Peyton Manning do something like this....I have never seen Tiger Woods do something like this....Roger Federer, not a chance. 

Is it the end of the world that LeBron did this?  No.  Does he still deserve to be considered on the list of athletes listed above who have been amazing sportsman and ambassadors for their sports?  Not if he keeps up acting like this.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2009 9:59 pm

More media mishmash on LeBron

Here we are with Doyel forgetting to notice that Lebron probably congratulated the the Pistons and Hawks after demolishing them..... But here comes his absolute piss poor excuse about saying he should shake the hand of those who just beat you up.  If he was that offended by the hand shake, then he should not shake anybody's hand win or lose.  If he never ever congratulated or shook anybody's hand after any game then I would not have a problem (an incredibly minute problem) with the no handshake.  I agree with Doyel saying he was pissed about losing and was probably better left alone. 

I am a big Pistons fan but LeBron is the man still.  In spite of this little hiccup.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2009 9:45 pm

More media mishmash on LeBron

Yea he did shake their heads cause thats good sportsmanship. When you lose the game why would you need to shake the winners hand the winners should be running over to the losers and shake their hands and congradulate on making it that far Lebron didnt want that. Lebron wants to put this behind him and get a better team so the Cavs can win their first championship ever.

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 7:56 pm

More media mishmash on LeBron

Again...when he wins he uses the press and media to showcase his "greatness" than it is his responsibilty to face the music when things dont go his way. Trust me, if during the regular season the press did not do one story or just report his stats without the highlights he would be having a fit.

He can't have it both ways. You can't use the media to advance all your strengths and highlights and then just blow them off when you don't win a series.

His coach and teamates were left trying to explain his childish behavior. Totally unacceptable for a MVP and "face of the league."

By the way...I did not see much of Lebron this season. I know when he is playing in Cleveland he does the whole show with the talc powder tossing in the air. The first time I saw it I thought it looked cool and it sure fired the crowd up. However, with that said, I saw him do it at the Amway Arena the other night. I did not realize that he did that at all games whether at home or on the road??? I thought it looked ridiculous for him to do it there and the crowd did not like it. I thought it pretty petty to do that on the road. I don't think other fans like it at their home arena. He needs to stick to doing it at home only.   IMO

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2009 6:51 pm

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LeBron James should have congratulated the Magic players.

I could care less if he did not talk to the press.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2009 6:42 pm

More media mishmash on LeBron

No, Gregg, it does matter. Sportsmanship is important. It shouldn't be a firestorm, but LeBron was a poor sport. That he sent an e-mail to the Magic (an e-mail, seriously?) says that he knew he was wrong.

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2009 6:03 pm

More media mishmash on LeBron

I love listening to the Lebron Lovers blame Kobe for Lebron’s little tantrum. All your Lebron fans act like he sits up on a thrown and rules the NBA. He’s not the King of the league. He’s not the best player in the NBA. He’s not even the best player in the east. He will have to beat Howard and Orlando and advance to the finals to claim that spot. Your basketball god is not perfect. Just admit that he made a mistake and that he should have shaken hands with the eastern champs. The fact that Prince James is a poor sport is not the media’s fault either. He has no one to blame but himself and his immaturity for what was a big childish mistake. If Lebron wants to be king than he needs grow up and put up. Stop acting like Scotty Pippin. All you Lebron fans are acting like the parents of a naughty child and you just can’t admit that he may be a bad seed.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 6:00 pm
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