What’s left to be said about LeBron James that hasn’t been said? The past few days, I’ve been posting my thoughts and reactions @whudat but I’ll summarize: King James gave up his crown. Last night’s one hour special confirmed that LeBron James is not made of the same competitive stuff that fueled Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and certainly not, Kobe Bryant. It ended that debate. Who is currently the best NBA player in basketball? It’s Kobe Bryant. It’s also his crown; LeBron needs to to ship that Fed Ex, asap.
The Evolutionary Process
There is a reason why only a few franchises have consistently won championships; it’s hard work. To win a the highest levels, the focus and intensity it takes for a player to lead his team to that fantasized destination, is a long hard slog. Yes, LeBron James gave seven years of his basketball life to the Cavaliers to no avail. But Michael Jordan, his supposed idol, had the same kind of dissapointments. While Jordan was busy racking up MVPs and scoring titles, for three consecutive years, during the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls were kicked and shoved around by the Detroit Pistons. It wasn’t until their core players got better, that the team figured out how to beat them. It was all highlight reels and trophies, from then on.
Becoming a champion isn’t an overnight thing. it’s an evolutionary process. One that, LeBron James decided he wants no part of.
I’m Not Surprised
As the free agency period began, I talked with a fellow NY Knicks fan. He was excited about LeBron James possibly becoming a New Yorker. At that time, Chicago was being talked up as his destination. NY nor Miami were in the picture. I tried to temper his enthusiasm, saying not to discount the Miami Heat. During last year’s All Star game, the joy and dynamics of a Lebron James/Dwyane Wade combo was on full display. Lebron James would be more than happy to suit up in Florida to create an unbeatable Super Friends tandum.
And So It Will Be
What will not, is any number of championships that emerge from this Super Friends combination, placing LeBron James in the same breath of the legends he idolizes. There will be an asterik after every ring *teamed up with Dwayne Wade* What’s the big deal? The top three players in the game today are: Kobe Bryant, LeBron james and Dwayne Wade.
Great players want to beat great players, not team up with them. That’s what fuels them. It’s proving yourself against the best competition.
Charles Barkley explained it best.
You say, for all that fire, Barkley and Miller don’t have rings?
Kevin Mchale has three, he felt the same way.
Obviously, LeBron James is free to do what he wants, in reputation, he’s paying the price for it; but we are guaranteed another entertaining NBA season.
I just want two things:
LeBron James to stop calling himself the King; he hasn’t earned it.
For self respect’s sake, stop wearing that NY Yankee hat.