I knew I could count on you to bring what will inevitably known as "The Comment" to perspective.
"You have no idea how much I'm going to enjoy watching LeBron and Wade kick the crap out of Dallas."Would you like that crow baked or fried?Now, I'm not one of those that wished failure upon LeBron, I just happen to like the Mavs. I think LeBron will probably win one in the next few years, and he might even do it before money, frustration, and ego inevitably break up the James/Wade/Bosh unit. But unless and until that time comes, he will continue to be seen at best as a talented but flawed player, and at worst as the NBA's equivalent to the Buffalo Bills.Also, he needs to learn how to play through all four quarters.
Yes, Kyle -- my team lost. No shit. But as I said a little earlier today, the Mavericks still have to return to Dallas and live there.
The NBA's Buffalo Bills? Really?They lost 1, not 4 in row. The fact they even made the Finals this year, YEAR 1, is amazing.I just love how everyone is a basketball expert now.
My comparison to the Bills is based upon the assumption that LeBron will get to the finals a few more times, which is why I said unless and until he wins a championship. Also, the comment was about media narrative/perception rather than my personal viewpoint.Like I said, I don't hate LeBron. He is an exceptionally talented athlete, and can only control a certain amount of the circumstances that surround him. His team lost a best-of-seven where three games came down to the final shot. This series could've gone the other way very easily. I think that's a great motivator, and is the type of thing that pushes athletes to become leaders and champions.Does LeBron feel any pressure from all the hype the media has piled upon him for the last seven years? There's no way for any of us to know. But being touted as the next Michael Jordan can't be the most healthy thing for a player to hear. Perhaps he bought in to the media hype about himself and his team. Perhaps he was unlucky. Perhaps he's just a young man that needs to take his experiences and build upon them.I agree with Chez that the media, ESPN in particular, has a lot to do with how the LeBron story has developed thus far. They created, and then jumped on, the bandwagon of a high school kid from Ohio, and when he didn't produce a championship with Cleveland, they hyped up his free agency and ultimate decision to go to Miami. In light of all that, he has managed to keep his nose clean and play basketball at a higher level than most of the rest of the league. Sadly, he hasn't won a championship, and the media will hold that against you no matter how much you accomplish. As with "real news" the media shapes the narrative, and the narrative shapes public opinion, however wrong that may ultimately be.
That's the Miami sports fan perspective I was looking forward to! If they don't win, fuck em...and not pay attention to them until the next playoffs!In all seriousness, Miami is a deeply flawed team, especially if the NBA get's its goal of slashing play roll by 30%.There is a clear reason why its flawed to run an organization like Dan Synder, and attempt to run a team like it is in a fantasy league. Miami cannot afford a decent bench. I think Miami will have consistently good regular seasons for a while, but until they find a magical group of utility players willing to play for the league minimum, Miami is going to consistently have poor fourth quarter play in the playoffs.Or maybe just blame all of this on America's hatred of the Heat like Bill Plaschke implies...or whatever his point was of that tripe you linked to. (Seriously Chez...did you honestly read that thing prior to posting a link on your site?)
I think in order to be called "the King", you actually have to have a crown. :)That being said, the Heat will be back and will have learned their lessons next year.
No, Anon 4:56, I totally didn't read the Plaschke piece, even though I linked to it. What the hell was I thinking? Thanks for catching that. Won't do it again. Pinky swear.
Since when do Rabbi's follow LeBron?
The Cleveland Perspective...http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/blog/index.ssf/2011/06/having_made_his_decision_lebro.htmlhttp://www.cleveland.com/livingston/index.ssf/2011/06/in_lebron_james_world_theres_n.htmlAnd then ESPN weighs in...http://www.cleveland.com/lebron/index.ssf/2011/06/lebron_james_remains_chosen_fo.htmlNot a Fan, Just providing a different view to the discussion.
I love Cleveland's take on things. A city that has no choice but to cheer for another team to get some sort of revenge for them since they can't and probably never will.
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