Lebron and the “infamous” off season.
Just my perspective on the the issue.
I think it’s fair to say I have been pretty quiet on the Lebron front and according to my personal facebook feed, I am one of the only people on the planet it seems who thinks positively about that guy. It’s not that I wanted the Heat to win more than the Mavs. To be honest I just wanted to watch some good basketball and didn’t really care who won especially since the Lakers fell. I don’t really care about all the stuff Lebron does off the court, I mean the media makes a big deal about it, but I could care less. I think a main reason why I don’t hate him like everyone else is because despite forming the “big three” I can understand this idea of wanting to play with your friends. It’s why we start playing the game in the first place, it’s what many of us do today and will continue to do, and personally, whether it’s playing the game with friends or watching the game with friends, it’s when I enjoy the game of basketball the most.
I think what is most disappointing after watching game 1 and seeing that fire in his eyes and the intensity he brought, especially on defense, I thought we were seeing the beginning of something amazing and I was there to watch it. Then the rest of the series played out and all I can think to myself is, “Lebron, you’re so much better then that”. I dont think the “Heat Suck” (even with all their expectations and personal predictions), they simply were over matched by a better team and I feel that to say these things about the Heat is taking away from an awesome Mavericks team. They couldn’t handle the zone and Lebron did look lost. If this series proved anything, it just shows Lebron has to keep working at it, and I hope he does, just because I’m in awe when I watch him play the game. Forget everything else, the guy is just a freak on the court when he “has” it going, when he decides to play, when he decides to turn it on…
People won’t feel sorry for him. That’s their opinion…their choice. Maybe I’m just trying to play devil’s advocate to a person that so many people hate. Being around so many Laker fans, I mean what can I expect…but looking back to his bold proclamation at the beginning of the year, with all the fog and the lights, were we supposed to think Lebron, Wade and Bosh were predicting anything else but the ring? Were we as a whole expecting them to say, “we just want to make the playoffs?” The answer is simply no. Any new acquisition on any team says they think they can get a ring…its what drives these players and why they choose to play this game. I think something would be wrong if he came to “south beach” saying anything less.
Now, was it disappointing for Lebron and co to loose? For them, of course it was. Does Lebron care what other people and the media are saying about him? Who knows. Will he take this as motivation to get better? I hope so. His and Wade’s actions towards Dirk/”The media”? Stupid and he should have apologized. Finally, are his comments to harsh about how all the haters will have to get back to reality? Even tougher to say…but I will say this…To those making the comments, sure it might make you happy to see him fail, but at the end of the day, if Lebron cared about what everyone said, what the media said, finals, “ringless” jokes, and facebook posts, he wouldn’t have made it a year out of the NBA. He wouldn’t be the player he is today…
And Lebron’s right, eventually we’ll all get back to our lives. Eventually something else will come along, whether it’s about him or another player. It’s just fact because of the media driven world we live in.
Anyway, it’s just my perspective. Like I said, I’m happy for the “Kidd” who went to Berkeley. I’m happy for Dirk and doing it the “right way” because I’ve been through the saga of hoping your franchise player sticks around (and also seen the franchise player never achieve the ring). I’m happy for Dallas because they remind me so much of the Kings, but despite it all, I don’t feel a need to have to bash on Lebron just because the Mav’s succeeded. The fact is because even though I’m happy for Dallas winning, it still means another year the King’s havent gotten a ring yet either. For the other 29 teams in the league, it’s just another year that they didn’t reach their goal.
With some perspective,
PS…this was way longer than I thought…Comments?
This Is The Media …
The above link takes you to an ESPN article that is an AMAZING example of how the media twists players’ words.
The headline makes it sounds like DeShawn Stevenson was talking smack about Lebron, which is admittedly believable. Then, if you read the story, you may start to wonder the context in which Stevenson made his comments. And then, if you listen to the clip, you realize Jim Rome asked him some very specific questions which he just answered with his honest opinion.
This type of manipulation is particularly noticeable in sports, but applies almost across the board in the media, for quotes from athletes, politicians, and everyday people. Next time you read or hear a suspect quote, ask yourself, “what question might have been asked of that person to produce that quote?”