June 22, 2012
Since joining the NBA in the fall of 2003, all eyes have been on Lebron James; the self proclaimed 'Chosen One'. Aside from his inability to win an NBA title until last night, he has been under constant criticism for little things he has done both on and off of the court. Things that 'Jordan or Magic would have never done', although I am a firm believer that social media has magnified the actions of today's sports figures worldwide and we never knew of their shortcomings and habits.
Let's begin back in his high school days when he accepted a Hummer SUV although it was common knowledge that both he and his mother were unemployed and on welfare.
Lebron Inherits Hummer
He was also believed to have accepted a number of throwback jerseys from a local sports store, more specifically a Wes Unseld jersey. The jerseys were rumored to have retailed for a combined $845. Nothing wrong with accepting gifts, just not when you're a highly touted high school athlete. It just doesn't look good and could jeopardize their amateur status.
Or how about the time he rocked the Yankees hat at the Cleveland Indians game? Aren't you from Cleveland, bro? Disrespectful.
Most importantly, who could forget the way he exited Cleveland? Rather than having your agent announce the decision to news outlets like everyone else, Lebron had to have a one hour special on a weeknight to announce his decision. Perhaps the most angered by his decision was Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Only because Lebron's exit hit him right in the wallet, though. What are the attendance numbers for the Cavaliers since Lebron's exit? Extremely poor.
Perhaps the most bizarre action Lebron has taken was the PowerPoint he had made to attract sponsors to his 26th birthday party which you can see at the following link.
Lebron James PowerPoint Slideshow
Was all of that necessary? A PowerPoint for your birthday is just straight up arrogant, sir.
Whether or not this guy still disappears during the 4th quarter is an unknown but he has a title now so let's let Lebron enjoy it. But for some reason, I have a feeling that the haters are still lurking. If not, why do some headlines read 'Is Lebron's title bad for the NBA?' Every professional athlete has the right to play their sport for whatever franchise he or she desires. And in no way did Miami purchase this title. It was earned.