Hoping King James Breaks His Crown
I may not be as angry as someone like Rick Kamla of nba.com, but I do dislike Lebron James. it’s not blind hate. I do try to like him. He is the best player in the NBA and maybe the best athlete in the league’s history. This season he is going to be part of another interesting ‘definition of MVP’ conversation when he and Kevin Durant take that debate down to the last game of the regular season.
But there are some things about King James that just bother me.
Following his childish act after losing to Orlando in 2009, I knew my appreciation of his raw talent and undeniable skill was over. I didn’t think I would have any problem disliking Lebron not only as an athlete, but also as a person.
My dislike does go deeper than the lack of a handshake. I thought it was silly of him to take number 23; it showed no appreciation of history. It seemed like he was trying to say he would be better than Michael Jordan and make the number his own.
Add that to eventually understanding this concept, but then planning on taking number 6 - the same number worn by the great Bill Russell and Julius Erving, a man who should earn royalties anytime someone dunks. Lebron doesn’t get it and I don’t like that. Especially for a guy aimed at being the current and future face of the NBA.
And if Lebron is the face of the NBA, he isn’t necessarily good at it. Michael Jordan was everywhere, endorsing everything with a smile. I know Lebron wears Nike, but that’s about all I know. He so lacks personality that they use puppets in his campaign. And yes, lack of personality adds to my dislike of Lebron.Continued on the next page