I've watched basketball since I was a kid, and I can tell when something looks fishy. When I tuned in for game 6 of the Cavs vs Celtics series, I thought I would see King James play with reckless abandon, determination, and that usual Lebron swagger. What I witnessed was astonishing, it seemed like King James wasn't interested, and would rather be doing something else. I actually turned the game off in the 4th quarter because I was disgusted. My eyes didn't lie to me, and I know what I saw.
This is starting to be a horrible trend among some of our atheletes, Kobe Bryant, Manny Ramirez, and the latest Lebron. If Lebron played his ass off, and lost, no one would have a problem with the out come. But the fact that he basically shut it down in the middle of a playoff series is reprehensible. And now he is a free-agent, and he wants teams to court him and bid for his services. The teams that do want him should take a good hard look, do you really want a guy who could shut it down when push comes to shove? Manny did it in Boston, and got his way (traded to L.A.) Kobe did it in a playoff game against the Suns in 2006.
I know that players can have an off night, but actions speak louder than words. And its easy to see if the effort is there. I know as a person who watches sports I will be less likely to tune in to a game if the players aren't trying. I have better things to do, and in this day and age there are a lot of other choices that we can make as consumers. All I know is the players who shine the brightest on the biggest stages will go down as the greats. Everything weeds itself out, and as of right now I will not be crowning Lebron "King", any time soon.