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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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Gumby’s Gibberish

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and a lot has happened, so I figured I’d touch a little bit on a lot, and give my thoughts on several different topics.

The Atlanta Hawks need to blow this whole thing up. The pieces with which you keep and build around are simple to find. You keep Al Horford (your best and most consistent player), Joe Johnson (because there’s no way you can get rid of him) and Jeff Teague (the player with the most potential). Everyone else can be considered expendable, including Josh Smith. Smith, being the player who could bring the most in return, absolutely has to be put on the block.

The Atlanta Braves will be fine. The pitching is too good for this team not to contend. Well, unless Freddi Gonzalez continues to use his horses in the bullpen at a rate that is completely unsustainable for an entire season. We may play meaningful games in September, but our bullpen may be too tired for it to matter.

Not to take anything away from the Heat and the Mavericks, but seriously, have you seen two teams consistently choke in one series more than the Bulls and Thunder. It’s like they were simply giving games away. Then again, it’s not like the NBA wants this Miami team to fail, and it’s not like they want Oklahoma City as the market in the finals. Wait, we could never suggest something as ludicrous as the NBA possibly having a say in the outcome of games, could we?

I really wish people would quit clamoring for a rule change after the injury to Buster Posey. People get hurt in sports, it’s what happens. It’s their willingness to put their body on the lines to take those risks in an effort to win a game we watch for entertainment. It’s what makes it entertaining and exciting. Right or wrong, the risk of injury is a major drawing point in many sports, the risk of something bad happening, yet being able to avoid it. People get hurt having sex for pete’s sake, should we change the “rules” there. People get hurt playing Rock Band too, guess we should look into those “rules” as well. People get hurt in life, it’s what happens, and they especially do so in sports. Just because a big name player gets injured, so what, it happens, it’s a part of the game, a part of the game every player is well aware of when they choose to play and when they choose to put their body on the line on a given play.

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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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Joe Johnson Told Us What Was Coming

There’s a reason Joe Johnson took the deal with the Hawks when he took it. He already knew what lie ahead. He knew full well that LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh were going to join forces. He knew he’d have no place to go, as he would not be joining them. Joe’s early decision should have told us something, shame on those of us, which is the vast majority, who were waiting this whole thing out like it wasn’t all pre-determined and just a bunch of scripted drama. But props to those guys for making the most of the market that’s been created for them, and milking it for all it is worth.

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A King? I Think Not

I’m sorry LeBron, don’t you dare call yourself the “Chosen One”, or “King James” ever again.

The “Chosen One” has people follow them.

The “King” has people wanting to come be on their court, not vice versa.

What you are LeBron, is a coward. Plain and simple.

Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett gave it years and years of effort to win a title. They finally came to the realization that they alone simply weren’t good enough to carry a team to a championship. To get a ring, they knew they had to join forces. However, they didn’t join forces until after they gave it their very best shot, until they knew they couldn’t do it alone.

LeBron, you’re 25 years old and already throwing in the towel. You are a coward, plain and simple. You are extremely afraid of failure. Period. Bottom line.

Michael Jordan once said that for as many game winners as he hit, he missed that many more. Why? Because he wasn’t afraid of failure.

LeBron James, you are. You’re a coward. You’re afraid that you just may not have what it takes to lead a team, a franchise, and a city, to a world championship. You’re afraid you’re not Kobe. It’s the only thing to justify what you’re doing.

Most true competitors want to beat the best, until they realize they simply can’t. You’re 25 and you’ve already come to that realization? No, you’re afraid you might come to it later, and that fear of failure scares you.

Michael Jordan and Kobe don’t doubt themselves. That’s what separates them from you. They win. Why? Because they can’t live with themselves if they lose. They also can’t live with themselves having to rely on others to help them win.

So quit calling yourself “King”, or “The Chosen One”. Maybe you’ll get you some rings in Miami, but you won’t get more than Kobe. You won’t get more than M.J. You cried for help, because you were afraid of not ever winning a title. You obviously doubt your ability to deliver when it matters most. Need we watch the 2nd round from just the past year again to understand that?

You’re an unbelievably talented basketball player, perhaps the most talented pure basketball player any of us has ever seen. However, you don’t have what Jordan and Kobe had/have. You don’t have a killer instinct, you don’t have that drive to be the absolute best by simpling beating the best. You don’t possess that. You aren’t the greatest ever, and you never will be.

People are going to spin this that you’re going to Miami to win a championship. No, not hardly. You’re going to Miami to play it safe. You’re going to Miami so you don’t go down as the most talented player to never win a ring. And why? Because that thought scares you. You were praised to no end since you were about 11 years old, so you can’t handle not living up to it. As a result, you take the safe way out. You rely on others. Good for you. That’s fine. There’s really nothing wrong with that. But to continue to consider yourself as “King”, or “The Chosen One”, get a hold of yourself. You’re nowhere close, and now, you never will be.

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Egotistical Showmen? Or Good Businessmen?

Regardless of what LeBron James says tonight about where he will be playing basketball for the next four to six years, the process of how he’s gone about this has touched a nerve with a great many people. Wade and Bosh’s course of action also has managed to rub a lot of people the wrong way. But should it?

So many people are comparing, and unfavorably, how these guys are handling their free agency as opposed to the way Michael Jordan may have handled his. But is that fair? The comparisons aren’t limited just to MJ either, it’s a comparison to players of other eras.

That’s where the problem lies. How do you use the comparison of their handling of this free agency bonanza to guys who never even had a chance to be a free agent? How do we know what they would have done? Or how do you compare the way they’ve milked this saga for everything its worth with someone who didn’t have the ability or resources to do the same thing themselves?

It’s a different world that we live in than when Jordan was up for grabs, or even Tim Duncan. 2000 was ten whole years ago, and while there was obviously a plethora of information and coverage available regarding similar instances of superstar courtships, or non-courtships, whatever the case may be, it simply wasn’t the same.

The twitters of the world, the countless array of bloggers, and “sources”, the grand scope of having three really huge names available at the same time, have made this an unprecedented situation. Is it wrong to capitalize as much as possible from it?

After all, the market for them to be able to capitalize in the manner in which they are has been set by the very people who seem to be first in line to harp on these players for having huge egos, or a lack of perspective. It’s the mass public and mass media, the very resources they are tapping into to do this, that made them to begin with. So what’s wrong with making use of that? So they wish to reap all the reward they can from this situation, and the problem with that is?

If you want to deride or chide these players for joining together in this manner from a basketball standpoint, that’s perfectly fine. I myself don’t like it at all. However, I think criticizing them for letting their egos get in the way, or for not being very low-key and humble about the process, isn’t fair.

It’s especially not fair when the criticism comes with a “well, so and so wouldn’t have done it this way”. We don’t know what other people would or wouldn’t have done because they didn’t have the opportunity to do it.

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