The haters are out in full force, their cynicism energized, and their jealousy in full bloom like cherry blossoms.
Read somewhere LeBron James' free agency is going to be the biggest summer bomb starring a young, black superstar since Will Smith in Wild Wild West.
That was funny. Made me laugh.
It's like watching Survivor and Lost at the same time.
Seeing players stick it to owners for once makes me smile and watching owners cry poor for all these months (due to impending CBA strife) then hand out $20 million to Darko Milicic is downright hilarious. As CBSSports.com Ken Berger reported, three bottom feeding teams in Atlanta, Minnesota and Memphis have agreed to spend over $222 million in 15 hours on contracts for players not in the same area code as LeWadeBosh.
Yet apparently I might be alone in these feelings. This entire scene has seemingly divided sports fans into two camps. The camp that follows every report and Tweet and thinks this whole thing is better than watching a summer blockbuster movie and others who believe LeBron-gasm 2010 is really, really stupid.
I'm in the former. This is great. This is beyond great.
Some believe the media is making too big a deal out of this frenzy. It's only the biggest free-agent summer in sports history people. It dwarfs former free-agent stars like Reggie White and Deion Sanders entering the open market. Nothing really comes close since James is arguably the biggest star in American sports and Wade is not so far behind.
How does the media not make a gargantuan deal of this? We'd be reckless if we didn't.
Others are somehow bothered by young men making truck loads of cash in a depressed economy. These guys aren't nuns. They're capitalists. They're the same as Wall Street bankers and oil executives except they aren't robbing retirement accounts or polluting the Gulf.
The cynics are hypocrites. If they had the power that LeWadeBosh did, they'd flaunt it just like these three players are doing. People bump, grind and jostle for a lot less.
If Bird, Magic and Jordan ever had such an opportunity, they'd combine their super powers into an NBA Justice League, too. Jordan was a supreme capitalist who loved winning first and money second (a close second), Magic would've joined in because Jordan was doing it and Bird -- a bigger egoist than people know -- wouldn't want Jordan and Magic to have all the fun.
It's enjoyable to see players controlling things. James has no shyness about flaunting his power. I like that. Good for him. NFL players could learn a lot from what these stars are doing.
Everyone could learn a lot from what they're doing.
Good for them. Get what you can, as much as you can, as quickly as you can.
Politicians do it, bankers do it, gardeners do it. So should they.
It's the American way.
And I'll be watching every second of it.