I wouldn’t call myself a rabid sports fan. I don’t listen to sports talk radio and I don’t know obscure stats that range back to the late 70′s or 80′. But, I do like sports. I really love to watch basketball. There are few things more exciting than a well executed play the ends with some stupid sick dunk. It makes me want to put my fist through a wall in celebration.
Well, I was raised watching guys like Michael Jordan, Stockton and Malone take care of business on the court. Some people argue that was the golden age of the sport. Whatever, who cares, all I know is it was a great time to grow up watching basketball. The same goes for now. You have some incredible players; Kobe, Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, Rajon Rando and (the infamous) Lebron James. James is incredible. Three MVP title in nine seasons, WHAT?!
Well, Lebron cannot catch a break. Everything short of winning every NBA title for next 47 years isn’t enough. People will bag on him for years.
Here’s some of my favorite insights:
OK, LeBron is not perfect. Threw a Gatorade cup. Punched a walking stick. Carries that stupid little man purse. But if you were to fill a plane with the most spoiled superstars in the country, he’d be boarding in the D group.
You despise him because he passes too much. Imagine that. You hate a modern NBA player for not being selfish.
Only Rajon Rondo is even close in all-around brilliance this postseason. James is second in points, fourth in steals, 10th in assists, second in minutes. He leads his team in double-doubles and the league in double standards. Wade missed an open jumper to lose Game 4 in overtime — how come he’s not “scared”?
But I think the reason you hate LeBron James the most is that he just doesn’t seem to suffer his failures as much as you’d like him to. You want him to brood like Kobe after losses, glare like Jordan when things don’t go his way, scream at teammates like Tom Brady when they’re behind.
In conclusion, give him a break. Thank you for your time.