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Enough About “Bandwagon” Hawks Fans, Hypocrites

If you’re a Hawks fan I’m sure you’ve heard it enough to make you want to scream, you’ve probably been accused of being one, and you may very well be one, but enough is enough. I’ve had it with these fans of opposing teams chastising the city of Atlanta, the Hawks, and their fans, for being such “bandwagon” fans. I’m not saying this team doesn’t have plenty. News flash, EVERY winning team has bandwagon fans. It’s how it works. But to see these people sit up on their high horse as though they’re some sort of superior fan base has finally grasped at the last straw.

It’s time to set the record straight with some of these people. Granted, the truth may cause some to go into deep depression as it’s become very clear in my dealings with NBA fans that many, MANY, draw all of their sense of self worth from who their favorite basketball team is. It seems to be who defines them, as though being a fan of a select group of teams makes them a valuable person, even a superior person, especially to those who root for lesser peons on the NBA totem poll. Another news flash, you’re no better than us. At all.

We’re just going to forget that in the 1982-1983 & 1983-1984 seasons the almighty Chicago Bulls drew a grand total of 562,000 fans. TOTAL. For 82 home games. That’s an average of 6,854 a game. The year before His Airness arrived in the Windy City, the Bulls got a staggering 6,300 people a game in to watch them play. Right, only the Hawks have ever had attendance issues. From the Bulls 1966 entry into the league, until the final year B.MJ. they averaged 11,000 or more fans a game only twice in their history. In fact they averaged under 8,000 fans on six occasions. One third of their years of existence they couldn’t draw 8,000 fans a night. But yes, tell me more about how horrible Atlanta fans are.

Cleveland fans are even worse. The year before Lebron James was drafted the Cavaliers drew 11,496 fans a night. Do you know the last time the Atlanta Hawks drew that few? The 1985-1986 season. But the embarrassment doesn’t end their for Cleveland, oh no, it gets better. The 1982-1983 Cavaliers drew under 4,000 people a game. Yes, under 4,000. For a professional sports team. In the 80s. But I love hearing Cavs fans (who half were Heat fans a year ago) talk to me about poor fan support from Hawks fans, and about how they suddenly appeared out of nowhere. From the beginning of the 1980 season thru the conclusion of the 1984 regular season, Cleveland TOTALED 829,644 fans. For FOUR full seasons. Perspective? They drew more than that just in Lebron’s final season during his first tour of duty in Cleveland. But of course, all those Cavs fans showing up then were such life long fans who’d been supporting the team for decades, right?

Three times in a six year stretch in the early to mid 90s the Dallas Mavericks failed to draw 600,000 fans. More perspective? The Hawks haven’t missed that mark in a decade, the exception being the lockout season where they only played 33 home games, and the math indicating they would have surpassed 600,000 in that season as well.

Even a basketball hotbed like Detroit isn’t immune. Remember what they were before Isaiah Thomas showed up? They were so bad Isaiah adamantly didn’t want to be there, and for good reason. To that point the Pistons had only drawn 330,000 fans over a season once in their entire Detroit existence, and in 1980-1981 averaged a paltry 5,569 a night.

As recently as 2001-2002 the Houston Rockets were getting under 11,800 fans a game. Again, a number lower than anything the Hawks have drawn in almost 30 years, since the 1985-1986 season.

The 2007-2008 Pacers only averaged 12,221 a game. Again, since 1986, the Hawks have only had two seasons with poorer turnout than that.

And the Clippers? Don’t even get me started. They actually had an NBA franchise in the city of Los Angeles that couldn’t draw even 10k a night in the late 90s….. But they want to talk about Phillips Arena and how empty it has been in the past? Okay.

The Grizzlies have twice in the past 8 years drawn under 13,000. That’s something the Hawks have not done since 2002-2003.

The year the New Jersey Nets made their first of back to back NBA Finals appearances they drew under 14,000 a night. They had a winning product and still couldn’t put butts in seats. But only the Hawks have this problem, I know.

Keep in mind that the Atlanta Hawks have not been under 15,000 a game since the 2004-2005 season. Now consider that Philadelphia has been under that mark in five of the last eight seasons.

From 1982 thru 1988 the San Antonio Spurs never drew over 9,800 fans a night. In fact, the Spurs franchise didn’t crack the 12,000 a game mark until the 1989-1990 season. But I’m sure all the Spurs fans today were diehards through the 80s, right?

The point of this piece wasn’t to try and defend Hawks fans, or to make them seem like the greatest fans the world has ever known. Not at all. The point was simply to point out the hypocrisy coming out of the mouths of fans from other teams who are so quick to lambaste and ridicule the Hawks based on a lack of recent fan support. I’ve already touched on the reasons for such a lack of support, and the consistently filled arena currently speaks to a forgiveness from the city that was two decades coming. But the point still remains, these other fans should probably refrain from throwing stones from glass houses.

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It’s Not Wrong to be Happy Lebron James Lost

Lebron James is still not an NBA champion. And that my friends is quite possibly a very good thing. As he is right now, Lebron James is denying us the chance to watch the most talented athlete on the planet shine, and do what he does best.

Michael Jordan was humbled in high school, cut from his team, and forced to work hard to overcome the adversity and ascend to the peak of his passion.

Kobe Bryant started all of about eight games in his first two years in the NBA, riding the bench, observing as much as contributing. He had to prove himself and deserve his spot on the floor.

Lebron James has had absolutely everything handed to him. Realizing that perhaps an NBA title will not be simply handed to him, no matter how sexy and glamorous his team is, or which superstars he teams up with will motivate James to do what it takes to be a champion.

Whether that’s work on his post game, grow up and achieve some mental toughness, or learn to keep his mouth shut, or perhaps all of the above and then some, perhaps James can use this as motivation to improve in those areas.

Perhaps then James can quit robbing basketball fans of the treat of watching what should be absolute greatness. Instead of the greatest player in the world being great, we were treated to the games greatest player not even being one of the five best players in the entire series.

So yes, Lebron James did not win an NBA title, and ultimately, everyone might be the better for it.

If this experience humbles James like it has the potential to, the chastising and derision of James may all eventually work out in his favor, and his losing was still enjoyed by those eager to take their shots at a man who has done plenty to earn them.

Perhaps no sports star has ever been the subject of such scrutiny, and in some cases such scathing criticism as Lebron James has. Then again, perhaps no sports star has done more to deserve it.

Whether it’s on the court transgressions, bad PR decisions, mindless comments, or just coming off as an arrogant jerk, the reasons to dislike James spread far and wide.

No, he’s not getting himself arrested, he’s not committing felonies, but he is seemingly on a mission to be as disliked as possible.

When one man proclaims himself as “King”, and has a tattoo saying “Chosen1” across his broad shoulders, you expect those broad shoulders to carry a heavy burden. When they don’t, it comes across as shameless self promotion, an over-sized ego, and a ridiculously inflated sense of self.

All three describe James perfectly.

He couldn’t win a title in Cleveland because Mike Brown couldn’t coach and Danny Ferry couldn’t put the proper supporting cast around him.

Well in Miami, he didn’t have Mike Brown to blame, and his supporting cast consisted of two players on the US Olympic team. He still couldn’t win a title.

So who do you blame now Lebron? You want to go tell Pat Riley he didn’t give you a good enough supporting cast? Why don’t you treat Bosh and Wade like you did Moe Williams and Antwan Jamison, making it so very clear that you don’t wish to be playing along side such inferior talents, enabling them to prohibit you from winning a championship. It obviously isn’t your fault that you failed again to win a title.

We of course know it’s not James’ fault. We know this because according to James’ on court behavior, he’s never missed a shot or committed a turnover without being fouled, and he’s never committed a foul himself.

So this latest failure can’t be Lebron James’ fault. There must be many others to heap the blame on. We surely can’t attribute this loss to the fact that supposedly the world’s greatest basketball player, who is said to have the potential to be the greatest of all-time, was nowhere to be found in crucial fourth quarters of close games.

So where does the blame go?

But of course, the blame goes to God, at least per James’ own comments. It’s God’s fault, because He didn’t want him to win a title this year, that’s what it was. More on that in a minute, but clearly, another example of Lebron James finding another excuse for why he didn’t succeed.

It’s one thing to go struggle, to have shots not falling, to have a bad night. It’s another to hide in a corner, almost like the poor little league kid in right field praying the ball isn’t hit to him.

James would have you believe that he’s not there to be a scorer. The best player in the world should be putting the ball in the basket, period. James argues that he’s a two way player, which he is, and a phenomenal one at that, and that you can’t just look at stats, you have to look at the other things he does on the floor, and what the end result is.

Well, the end result is the Heat blew a 2-1 lead over the Mavericks, including multiple large fourth quarter leads. So sure, we can look at things beyond the box score, like, you know, the final score. The final score makes it quite clear Lebron James didn’t do enough to help his team win.

The plus/minus rating is nowhere close to the most reliable stat in the world, however, when it’s as extreme as -24 for supposedly the most gifted basektball player in the world, that’s worth noting. The Heat outscored the Mavericks by 14 points without James on the floor, but were outscored by 24 when he was out there.

So clearly James was doing a lot of other things that don’t show up in the box score contributing to his teams success and ultimate NBA championship, right? You know, like getting torched by Jason Terry, a guy who’s never been to an All-Star game .

Had he continued to shut down Terry as he had early on in the series his offensive woes, or unwillingness to shoot the basketball wouldn’t have been focused on quite as much.

However, Terry, at a huge size disadvantage, and very little advantage anywhere from a physical aspect, scorched the nets in the second half of game five, and the first half of game six. When Terry boastfully stated that he didn’t think James could guard him for seven games, it was thought Terry was speaking out of place, and such words would only further motivate James to play stifling defense.

It turns out the opposite took place. It lit a fire under Terry and seemingly squelched any remaining fire James had. As Deshawn Stevenson said after game four, it was if James simply “checked out”.

In light of his almost complete lack of scoring in the 4th quarter, and absolute lack of clutch scoring, James said “The ball doesn’t go in every time”. And he’s right. But he seems to ignore the fact that the ball will absolutely not go in if you aren’t willing to shoot it.

Then again, such mindless comments from Lebron James that seem to make absolutely no sense seem to be the norm.

Last year on twitter he proclaimed, “Don’t think for one (minute) that I haven’t been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!”

Of course during the course of the year we’ve been told over and over again by his coach, and the King himself that he doesn’t care what the fans or media members think.

Then during his press conference he wastes no time taking his shots at all those fans who were clearly elated to see him lose, and to get his shot at the media thrown in too. But he doesn’t care what they think, right?

He told us he thought the league should contract, then of course backpedaled away saying he didn’t even know what contraction meant. Do what?

He told us that anything less than a championship this year would be considered a failure, but in his press conference following game six in which that goal was made completely unattainable James said, “We have nothing to hang our heads low”. And he’s right, save that little part of his season being a complete failure, per his own words at the outset of the campaign.

Lebron said before game five that it was “now or never”. Now he’s saying he just knows “The Man upstairs” hadn’t decided it was his time yet. Well, if game was now or never, then I suppose the rational conclusion to draw, based on James’ own words, is that it’s never.

And for the record, I don’t believe God has pre-determined when Lebron James is going to win an NBA title, I think He might have more important things on the docket. On that note, Jason Terry, your faith in God, while honorable and what not, is not the reason your team hoisted up an NBA championship trophy this season.

The point being, there’s a common thread here. Lebron James contradicts himself as well as any public speaker outside of Washington D.C. ever has. Does he do it because he’s really that dumb, that ignorant and stupid? Or does he do it because he, which at times he claims he doesn’t, others makes it clear he does, cares what the public thinks of him and does his best to try and atone for things he’s said that may rub people the wrong way?

Personally, I’m going with the ignorance excuse. Lebron James has been coddled since he could hold a basketball, and as he got older, he got worse. Accountability was never an issue for him, never something he dealt with. Neither was adversity. The world was, in his eyes, completely his on a silver platter with the rest of the people in it merely his servants and supporting cast in his quest for world domination.

So it shouldn’t come as a shock that he doesn’t get it. He doesn’t at all realize or understand the response his poorly chosen words receive. He’s out of touch with reality, so he obviously fails to see why many of the things he does rubs people the wrong way.

Insulting fans and media members alike in his press conference following the finals defeat and implying the lives of fans are inferior to his own was just James staying true to the course. He probably didn’t mean to come off quite like the arrogant jackass that he did, but because he’s ignorant to how the rest of the world thinks, and lives, he couldn’t understand how such statements can be taken that way.

His mocking of Dirk Nowitzki being sick, and subsequent attempt to argue that’s not what he was doing just further illustrates the point. James was arrogant enough, and just enough of a jerk to mock Dirk in the first place. But on top of that he was ignorant enough to think he could pull a fast one on anyone who saw the video, while still carrying on his little inside joke with his buddy Dwayne Wade and nobody would get it.

No Lebron, the rest of the world isn’t as dumb as you think, nor are they as inferior as you make them out to be.

If James is allowed, and he is, it is perfectly within his right, to make such comments about the fans that make it possible for him to live his obviously superior life, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with people taking umbrage with that and having their own negative things to say about Baron, er… King James.

Sure, we’ll all wake up to our sorry lives tomorrow all the same, whether he had won an NBA championship or not.

The thing is, because he didn’t win that championship, James will be waking up to his same life as a perceived front running choker who still doesn’t have a championship ring.

Then again, maybe he won’t wake up to the same life in the morning. Maybe he will wake up one day this summer as a much more humbled man, a more determined man, and a man who has what it takes to be a champion.

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Paul Hewitt Cannot Return

I had a really nice, long, well thought out piece planned on the absolutely atrocious ineptitude of Paul Hewitt, but all that did was annoy me, so I decided to make it shorter, and hopefully sweeter.

In short, Paul Hewitt can return to Georgia Tech for a 12th season. He just can’t. Not if we are to believe Georgia Tech athletics actually care about winning something besides football.

Sure, Paul Hewitt coached this team to a national final, a chance at a national championship. But in reality, we all know the truth, Jarrett Jack and Will Bynum took that team to the final. Looking back on that team, they should have been better than they were. There were a lot of games lost during the regular season during their two year run that better coached teams don’t lose.

The year following the magical run to San Antonio, remember, Tech started the year ranked third in the nation, then went on to finish just .500 in ACC play and lose in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Yes, a team that just a year ago was playing for a national championship, and returning most of it’s key contributors, and was arguably MORE talented found a way to lose MORE games.

Of course it should be noted, the Final Four team managed to barely finish above .500 themselves in league play, at a pedestrian 9-7.

Take for a minute, will you, and examine the number of regular season wins in ACC play for Paul Hewitt’s Yellow Jackets during his tenure, leading up to this, his 11th season. Beginning with the 2000-2001 season, Tech’s ACC win total reads as follows: 8, 7, 7, 9, 8, 4, 8, 7, 2 and 7. Ten years, only once did Hewitt finish above .500.

Perhaps Hewitt should ask Chan Gailey what a bunch of .500 ACC seasons did him. Ask Mark Richt what one or two .500 or worse conference play years did for his place in the eyes of Georgia faithful.

Think about that again, TEN years, one time above .500, and even then, it was simply 9-7. And yet this man is still employed? Tech’s listless performance in Blacksburg gave this year’s squad their seventh ACC loss, ensuring their 10th year in 11 where they will fail to win more than they lose in ACC play.

And again, this man is employed? 67-93. Just let that soak in, 67-93. That’s a winning percentage of .419. Who in the world of sports today keeps a job with a winning percentage of .400? Who keeps a job anywhere with a track record like this? We aren’t talking about a blip of two bad years where the winning percentage drops. This is over ten years.

Even prayer hasn't allowed Paul Hewitt to avoid losing 60% of his ACC games

In ten years he’s had six full recruiting classes come and go. And he’s got a .419 winning percentage. We aren’t looking at a small sample size here. Paul Hewitt is actually one of the longer tenured coaches in the nation outside of the holy trinity of coaches of guys like Calhoun, Boheim, Izzo, and Krzyzewski.

And it’s not been for a lack of talent, either. Chris Bosh? You heard of him? He played for Georgia Tech. Didn’t even play in an NCAA tournament game.

Jarrett Jack and Will Bynum have both gone on to play in the NBA, and Anthony Morrow has become one of the NBA’s best three point shooters, yet together they couldn’t win more than eight ACC games in 2005.

Point guard Javaris Crittenton and forward Thaddeus Young were both selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft. NCAA tournament wins? Zero.

Derrick Favors just went third in the NBA draft, fellow forward Gani Lawal was also drafted. Yet, despite being teamed with guys like Brian Oliver, Glen Rice Jr, and Iman Shumpert, they couldn’t finish above .500 in the ACC.

Shumpert will surely be drafted, as he’s quite possibly one of the most underrated players in college basketball. Unfortunately he’s trapped in the obscurity of playing for Georgia Tech, and he’s even worse, hampered by the inability of Paul Hewitt to create any type of offense that is able to work consistently.

But Paul Hewitt is still employed. He loses 60% of his games, and now the school wants to make $45 million renovations to the arena in which he does his wretched work? How do you sell that to a fan base and alumni? I know we really stink, and I know we are keeping the man responsible for our futility, but we need $30 million dollars so we can give him a better place in which to work. Yeah, sounds like an excellent plan.

There can be an argument made that Paul Hewitt is the worst division one college basketball coach in the nation, and very little argument can be made that’s he’s not at least in the bottom 30. Besides, anyone who is deemed a bigger failure than Hewitt surely has not been employed for over a decade.

And it’s not as if there’s any reason to believe things are going to get better. As of today, over the last three plus years, Tech is an atrocious 16-42 in ACC play. Yes, you read that correctly.

Remember that winning percentage of .419 I was talking about for his career? Well, that’s a shining mark considering what he’s been in the last third of his tenure. The number has dropped to .276, and with the way this current team has been playing, it’s going to continue to drop.

I wonder how long Paul Johnson would have his job if over four years Johnson went 8-24 in ACC play, which would be a similar mark to what Hewitt has compiled. My guess is, not very long. In fact, my guess is that Johnson wouldn’t be around long enough to compile such futility.

It’s also probably worth noting, Bobby Cremins, now at College of Charleston, is 63-27 in conference play since taking over in 2006-2007, with only one fewer NCAA tournament victory than Paul Hewitt in that span.

If Georgia Tech cares anything about basketball, and anything about not asking for money to support a program they clearly don’t support themselves, Paul Hewitt needs to go, the day after his team makes a quick exit from the ACC tournament.

Wow, it appears my Hewitt rant went as long as his career has gone.

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Are You Serious Hawks?

The Atlanta Hawks had won 9 of 11 games following a disappointing loss to New Orleans on the day after Christmas, including wins on the road against Utah and Miami. Joe Johnson had gotten his shooting legs back under him, and Jamal Crawford had seemed to have put the distraction of his contract status behind him. The Hawks had edged ahead of Orlando, and appeared to be nearing the level of the Heat, Bulls and maybe even Celtics in the eastern conference pecking order.

Oops.

It’s funny, or, actually, it really isn’t; today Mark Bradly wrote in the AJC about the ridiculous futility of which Atlanta sports teams are known. I myself wrote the first installment of a ten part series looking at the ten most heartbreaking moments in Atlanta sports history.

Fittingly, the Hawks gave us a performance that was too dreadful to even be heartbreaking, but it was a beautifully crafted microcosm of the Atlanta sports scene. Seriously, it absolutely could not be written any better, or more accurately.

As mentioned, the Hawks had beaten some quality teams. A team long accused of lacking effort on the defensive end had become one of the more stingy defensive teams in the league.

Guys were hustling, guys were communicating. On offense the ball was moving. You almost had to a double take, this looked like a legit basketball team. An NBA championship winning squad? Of course not, what do you think this is, the NFL, or Major League Baseball? You can count on one hand teams with legit title chances in the NBA.

However, this was indeed a team capable of perhaps spoiling a playoff run for one of those teams, and a team capable of doing itself, and its city proud, in the NBA playoffs.

Having already defeated Orlando twice, they of the historically bad playoff beat down delivered to the Hawks last spring, the Hawks appeared no longer to be that team. This Hawks squad might actually be a threat to win a game in the 2nd round this year (never mind the fact the Atlanta Hawks have never once won a 2nd round series, and only in two different season have ever played a potential clinching game in the 2nd round), and not embarrass themselves.

Uh, yeah, sorry about that.

Tonight was one of the worst performances by an NBA basketball team, ever. Yes, it was one of the worst by an Atlanta Hawks team ever, but also any other team that has called itself professional.

It was the sort of night that makes you wonder how they  look in the mirror and can actually use the word professional to describe themselves.

Oh, we were missing Al Horford and Marvin Williams. Boo-hoo. We have been missing Marvin Williams for the last few weeks, we’ve seemed to be able to get over it.

We lost Al Horford in the 4th quarter, while in Miami, against that Heat squad (you may have heard of them), and still managed to find a way to win.

So you can save the excuses. This Hawks squad still trots out a perennial all-star in Joe Johnson, the league’s best sixth man in Jamal Crawford, and an all-star candidate and one of the best stat sheet fillers in the league in Josh Smith.

That’s enough to be competitive. Well, it should be.

Someone forgot to tell them that.

Down 49-34 at half-time, at home, to a New Orleans Hornets team that, while a good basketball team, and blessed with one of the game’s great players in Chris Paul, isn’t exactly the Miami Heat, is bad enough.

At this point, you have to think, well, we surely can’t put up 34 points in the 2nd half too. This is an NBA team, with NBA players, and some good ones, guys who can shoot, and score.

If you thought that, you were right.

They couldn’t put up 34 points. They could only come up with 25. Yes, that’s right, a professional basketball team, a playoff caliber basketball team, in the NBA, could only score 25 points in 24 minutes. And sometimes people wonder why the U.S. National team struggles. If, in the premier basketball league in the world, with supposedly among the greatest players in the world, you can have a team score a lousy 25 points, in their own building, in a full half of play, you have issues.

This is not about what New Orleans did tonight, it is strictly about what Atlanta didn’t do. No NBA team is good enough to go on the road, to a team with the talent of Atlanta, and beat them by 41 points without a lot of help from the hosts. Nobody is good enough defensively to limit a team to just 25 points in their own building, again, not without help from the hosts.

That the Hawks allowed this to happen speaks volumes about this team. They aren’t ready to take another next step. They might not even be able to replicate what they did last season.

Yes, this team with Horford and Williams is much better. But this isn’t about how much talent is on this team. Talent hasn’t been an issue for the Hawks in a couple of years now. Few teams can match the Hawks in terms of raw talent and athleticism.

However, you could argue that there are 29 with a substantial surplus of heart, desire, care, and effort.

It wasn’t until 4:43 was left in the game tonight that the Hawks even had enough points to outscore the Green Bay Packers last Saturday night.

 

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Karma Is A *****, One Day You’ll See LeBron

Is there anybody right now in the mainstream spotlight that is more out of touch with reality than LeBron James? It’s mind blowing. He might actually be more out of touch with reality than Vick ever was. It’s mind blowing. At least Vick wasn’t out in public making outlandish statements that reeked of ignorance and having no clue that a world exists outside of him (even if his actions at the time portrayed such a belief) and his universe.

Maybe it’s just that James has a horrible PR guy. Maybe his PR guy is also the same person who helped Cam Newton write his Heisman acceptance speech and prepare him for his post game speech Monday night.

We all know the tale of the summer, with his decision and the manner in which he went out of his way to stab the city of Cleveland in the back. The discussion of whether or not he should have left Cleveland is rather irrelevant, but I think most agree the manner in which he left was pretty loathsome. At least it came across that way to normal human beings who haven’t placed people on such pedestals we can’t see their flaws, which ironically sounds like a lot Auburn fans right now, ha ha.

We saw the ridiculous commercial where we are supposed to feel some sort of empathy for James with his “What Should I Do?” ad that he uses to try and earn sympathy points with the public with. Thank you to South Park, and many other satirical works for appropriately handling this asinine commercial. James wants us to empathize with him? Really? So says the man who is so out of touch with reality, and what sort of world the rest of the planet lives, that he honestly believes HE is a victim.

We’ve heard James try and compare his basketball team to the “Heatles”, a comparison to the Beatles so absurd I can’t, and won’t, say anything more about it.

What’s really been the final straw however is how stupid LeBron really must think the rest of the planet is. Or perhaps, it’s how LeBron has been coddled for so long, and told for so long how great and awesome he is that he really believes the world is so in love with him that he can’t fathom them seeing him as doing or saying anything wrong. And to him, those that do, well they are just haters who are beneath him.

A few weeks ago he makes statements that the NBA should “shrink the league”. Obviously with labor unrest going on, the idea of contraction, and thusly the loss of jobs in the NBA, didn’t exactly sit well with a lot of people, other NBA players included.

LeBron’s response? That he didn’t mean the league should contract, and that he didn’t even know what contraction is. Seriously? I don’t think even 4th graders would pull that cop out.

Of course LeBron didn’t know that to shrink, and to contract, are the same thing. And if he didn’t know what contraction is, then perhaps he’s not quite as smart as some of these suckers felt he was. Or maybe he’s just incapable of saying what he means and then standing behind it.

If LeBron thinks the league should contract, find. That is his opinion and he has every right to it. If he wants to be candid and tell everyone his opinion, even better, more athletes being themselves is a good thing. Whether it makes them loved or hated, say what you mean.

But don’t come back the next day and do a complete retraction. That’s weak, very weak. He wants us to believe that he doesn’t know what contraction means, right. Good, he wants us to believe he’s not very articulate and intelligent. Okay, fine. We’ll believe you’re not very smart LeBron.

But wait, even if he doesn’t know what contraction is, doubtful, I’m pretty sure he knows what the word “shrink” means. So therefore he did say he wanted to have teams taken out of the league. Only hours later he’s saying that he doesn’t? Okay, got it. Some people didn’t like what he said, so he retracted it, unable to stand by his words.

And now we’ve arrived at the latest case of LeBron James again deciding the general public is either really stupid, or he’s just a coward.

Before addressing Tuesday night’s most controversial tweet, there was another, that in following the one that got all the buzz buzzing actually makes his excuses for the first all the more curious.

James apparently took notice of his former Coach Mike Brown on the set of NBA Fast Break on ESPN. He went so far as to tweet that he thought Mike Brown was looking good, calling him a great man and a great coach, telling the world he would be coaching again.

I guess James forgot that the reason Mike Brown isn’t coaching right would largely be looking right back at him should James go find a mirror. Lost on James is that one of the primary reasons Brown lost his job was that the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to do anything and everything they might keep their “Savior” in a Cavaliers uniform.

Other reasons perhaps included the inability to win a championship, which falls partially on James shoulders, and some would argue more than just partially. Perhaps had Mike Brown’s best player not quit on his team in the playoffs a little less than a year ago, Brown would still have a job.

Of course, expecting James to grasp any of this would be like expecting the Jamesless Cavaliers to make a playoff push.

The big story of last night was the tweet that came during the Cleveland Cavaliers record breaking beat down at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron tweeted, “Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!”.

It doesn’t take a math genius to realize two plus two equals four. Well, unless you’re LeBron James.

Then come the typical James excuses, beginning by claiming that the tweet wasn’t from him. Supposedly it’s “just how he was feeling at the time”. And then he follows that up by saying he was just repeating, or in Twitter speak, retweeting, what someone had said to him. That’s rather humorous, generally when people repeat, or retweet, what someone else has said, they include RT (insert original author here) before repeating what was said. James tweet that night included no such thing.

So was that what James was feeling or not? First he says it was, and then he says he was just repeating what someone else said? Which one is it?

But it doesn’t stop here, as seems to be per the usual with James. First, he claims it was just how he was feeling at the time, but it was the words of someone else. Then he claims it wasn’t even about the Cavs. Never mind the fact that timing goes way above and beyond mere coincidence. But alas, he’s “The Chosen One”, so of course we are supposed to ignore that and believe him.

So once again, James makes a controversial statement, and when forced to face it, creates an excuse for it, and then backs down from it and retracts it. Should we have expected anything different? Well, most people didn’t. Immediately after the original tweet, throngs of responses waiting for his retraction or excuse popped up immediately. Predictably, the “King” proved his court right.

If James felt the Cavaliers were getting due karma for Dan Gilbert, and many of their fans wishing ill upon him after leaving their city, fine. I may not agree with that, but that doesn’t mean James can’t, or shouldn’t, feel that way.

But apparently that’s not how James feels. Or is it? If you’re going to say these things, stand by them, that simple. Don’t act like the rest of us are all stupid. Don’t treat the rest of us like the entourage that has hitched themselves to your coattails and been worshiping you since you could dunk a basketball.

They look at you and see dollar signs for themselves. The rest of us look at you and see a coward who can’t stand behind even his own words. If you can’t stand for your own words, just what can you stand for?

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