March 7, 2011

LeBron: Getting What He Deserves

By - Kris Fletcher

You can't fault someone for wanting to win a championship. Let's face it, you can't exactly be called one of the greatest ever if there's a big fat ZERO under your rings won column.

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So, when LeBron bolted from Cleveland last July, I had no problem with it. I had no problem with the bolting part I should say. I had a big problem with the WAY in which he did said bolting. I'm sure everyone recalls his little ESPN special, "The Decision" right? As is the case in ANY kind or "relationship," there's a right way and a wrong way to go about ending it. The way LeBron broke ties with Cleveland was about as tacky as breaking up with someone via text message. You just don't do that. Just like you SHOULDN'T go on national television and make a mockery out of changing teams, like LeBron did. In the span of an hour last July, James went from being one of the most loved athletes on the planet, to one of the most hated. Now, with the Miami Heat, he's getting exactly what he deserves.

Sure, the Heat are 43-20 to this point in the season, and that definitely qualifies as a good record. But, Miami hasn't defeated a team with a winning record in over a month, and following today's loss to Chicago, 4th straight loss by the way, they are now 1-9 against the NBA’s top five teams and 0-6 against the Celtics and Bulls. Hardly the kind of numbers supposed championship contenders are made of.

It's gotten so bad for Miami, that reportedly several players cried in the locker room after their 87-86 defeat at the hands of Chicago this afternoon. Although, I seriously doubt LeBron was actually one of them. That would mean he cares about the TEAM more than HIMSELF, and after his ESPN special last summer, I seriously doubt that's the case. If it were, he wouldn't have had "The Decision" junk in the first place.

Will Miami make the playoffs? Of course. Will they do any damage once they get there? Not a chance. A team led by a self-centered star who's leading a bunch of guys crying in locker rooms after losses has NO CHANCE of getting past teams like the veteran laced Celtics or the young and hungry Bulls. Or for that matter, even 2nd-tier teams like the Magic or newly revamped Knicks. Bottom line is, Miami could have had the record they have now had James never even went there. Pretty sure D-Wade and Chris Bosh could have gotten them to 43-20, and at least then we'd know who the actual LEADER of the team was, cause it would be Wade. As it turns out now, it's just LeBron POSING as the leader, and not a very good one.

I suppose all of this is poetic justice though. LeBron left Cleveland standing at the altar in search of a title, and in the end, all he did was go from one average, flawed team, to another. Have fun getting bounced in the 2nd round of the playoffs, "King." Or is it, "Queen" nowadays?...

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