Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James

09
Jul
10

South Beach Bound

Miami's new big three

By Ben Linton

Its not very often in sports when a “King”, an MVP, and a hero in his hometown, leaves and bolts for greener pastures. That is exactly what LeBron James, the most prized free agent in NBA history, did when he ditched Cleveland for Miami yesterday.

It took eight days of madness, maximum sports coverage, and even a hour-long special on ESPN for James to announce his decision. But ultimately LeBron James will be on the Heat next year, along side Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, making a big three that surpasses the one in 2007 when the Celtics got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to go along with their own Paul Pierce.

Now why would the King leave his legacy and hometown in Cleveland? For one thing and one thing only: winning. One thing that I can respect about LeBron James is that he is more interested in rings then the price of his paycheck. This event has been unprecedented in any other sport, you never see athletes sacrificing their egos and money for the sake of the team and having a greater chance to win. Most times the athletes are portrayed to the public and greedy and self-centered, and this was a very unselfish move by LeBron, Bosh, and Wade; they all have to sacrifice for all three of them to be in Miami.

“You become a superstar as an individual, but a champion as a team” -LeBron James

So as for LeBron’s legacy in Cleveland? Well, his jerseys are being burned, angry letters are being sent, and he will probably become the biggest pariah in the city since Art Modell moved the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore. I really don’t think you can blame LeBron for leaving. In seven years in Cleveland, James made it to the Finals only once, where he and his Cavaliers were overmatched by the better team in the Spurs. In 2009 and 2010, James led the Cavs to the best record in the NBA in the regular season, but in the playoffs were knocked out by better teams in the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.

I think what LeBron gained from these experiences is that he can’t do it all on his own, he simply is not that great of a player. Bottom line, Cleveland did not do enough to keep LeBron. They never got the supporting cast around him that he so desperately needed, and is Byron Scott really that much of a better coach then Mike Brown to lure the King into staying? I don’t think so. So now in Miami when LeBron has an off night, he can rely on his supporting cast to pick him up and still get the W. Call it the easy way out, call it gravytraining, call it betrayal, the man will win championships in Miami. And if that’s all LeBron James wants, then thats what LeBron James will get.

08
Jul
10

Worse Than Favre?

By Jesse Jones

Every summer, as of late, there has been nonstop talk about whether or not Brett Favre will return to the NFL, and like last year, where will he play and what will he bring to the table.  He gets talked about so much, after a few days everybody is sick of it.

This summer, it is been all about LeBron James.  And just like every Favre saga, LeBron is getting talked about way too much.  He’s even getting his own hour long special tonight on ESPN to talk about his decision.  Everything you see on ESPN is about “Where will LeBron go?”, “How will Cleveland view him if he leaves?”, etc.  All this hype is adding to James’ diva mindset.  He now has a Twitter account (@kingjames), he is going on national television to announce where he is going (and if it is not Cleveland, that is extremely classless) and he even had meetings with other teams in Cleveland.

LeBron James is getting way too much attention right now, and is being portrayed as being bigger than the league itself.  No attention is being given to other free agent signing which would have big impacts, such as Carlos Boozer to Chicago.  All this is worse than Brett Favre, and James’ head is bigger than ever. 

What make this all worse, is that he has not won a championship.

22
Jul
09

The King Gets Overthrown

By Ben Linton

After much anticipation, the infamous dunk by Xavier player Jordan Crawford on King James has been released on the internet. The King surely will have more to cry about then just foul calls now. Ouch!

08
Jul
09

A Little Insecure?

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By Jesse Jones

Everybody remembers when LeBron James was dunked on twice by Courtney Lee in the 2009 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Now ESPN has reported that LeBron James has been dunked on again, this time by a kid at his basketball camp.  There were multiple videos of the dunk, but LeBron James and Nike had the videos confiscated and erased.

Now why would a player who is considered the best in the NBA by so many need all these videos deleted?  Easy answer; LeBron is insecure about his image.  After losing to the Celtics in the playoffs last year, and losing to the Magic this past season, LeBron was quick to walk off the court.  This year he wouldn’t even attend the press conference.

And now this.  I just do not understand why LeBron would feel that these videos would have to be deleted.  People are going to find out about the dunk anyways, via Twitter, Facebook, ESPN, and other media outlets.  This will just have more people questioning him and losing respect, such as Jemele Hill and Skip Bayless (who refers to LeBron has “Prince James” and now “LeBrick”).

LeBron is very mature for his age and does not get into much drama, but are these occurrences showing us something about him?  I think the answer is yes.





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