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Princess James

13 Jul

Lebron James has dominated the sports media world and to a larger extent everyday conversation since July 1st.  We have finally seen a true glimpse into who is as a competitor and a person.  Thursday night he formally announced he was taking his services to South Beach and joining the likes of D-Wade & Chris Bosh.  Since the 27th minute into his hour-long special about his “decision” he has been eviscerated by the likes of fans, sports writers, the media, his former owner, former NBA players, & more harshly the citizens of Ohio.

The first issue I have with the debacle is his sense of greatness. Lebron James has not won anything during his 7 years in the league so where does he get off crowning himself or dubbing himself “King”.  Have we ever seen a man with lesser accomplishments command such a moment?  Keep in mind Steve Nash also won league MVP.  If there ever was a prime example of narcissism at its finest, this hour-long special is exhibit A. Then again we sic. (culturally) cave into this spectacle like a herd of shepherd-less sheep. I think it speaks to larger societal pitfall that has fallen upon our us, we champion talent/hype but not accomplishment.

Secondly what does this say about him as a competitor? Jordan lost the Piston 3x before finally beating them, but he would never have joined them!  The greatest players don’t join up with the perceived best, they seek out to defeat them and assume the mantle as the best.  I fully appreciate him wanting to be a part of something & play with his friends, however athletics are predicated on competition!  2x League MVP’s don’t join all-star teams to go ring hunting! He said and I quote, “I don’t want to have score 30” , “I want to share the stage with other guys”, “I don’t have to be the guy every night”.  These are representative of someone who does not relish the big moments & shrinks when the lights are the brightest. These quotes represent someone who’d rather follow than lead, I simply have never conformed to respecting followers.

It’s clear he chose the easy way and perhaps that’s fitting considering he has never had to practice delayed gratification.  From birth he was genetically gifted and since high school people have bended to his every request.  Nike was courting the kid at 16, he couldn’t even vote yet!  He opted not go to college and get rich right away.  For all of his gifts and talents this time he picked the easy and cozy route, which in effect is a copout.  The road to NBA rings got significantly easier for him, where is the growth in that?

Lastly, I think there is a sense of brevity and arrogance to him that is unbecoming of a sports icon.  Cleveland is his home town team & those 28 minutes he made sure was an agonizing way of putting a dagger into their hearts.  Real men don’t act like that! Real business men handle their affairs with dignity, grace, tact  and without pomp and fanfare.  Mr. James HAD EVERY RIGHT to go where he pleased, it’s just the fashion in which he did it was nefarious at best.  The Boys & Girl charity angle was a charade, if he really wanted to raise money he could have given it away or hosted a focused money drive.  “The Decision” was about Lebron from the moment he and his cronies decided to hold the NBA hostage.  After watching the decision my heart went out to ever young kid in Ohio who loved the Cavaliers, and it made me fall out of love with the “business” of sports for a moment.

I believe that Lebron could have been the best player in the league and he is immensely talented.  I’m sure he is going to win a few titles and have success in his career, BUT it will never be HIS TEAM.  Furthermore, if  they are not repeatedly successful his legacy will be one of failure and cowardice.  He  DECIDED to follow others path to success rather than make his own.  All along the world thought he was the next Superman, when in fact in his own mind he’d rather settle to be Robin.  Maybe before Lebron made his decision he should have read Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”.

The next time he refers to himself as King James (twitter), he should look in the mirror and ask himself what kingdom does he preside over? Better yet ask yourself; is he the head of the royal court or simply another member of prestiege?  Spare me the coronation & I’ll let the princess enjoy South Beach.

Talk about irony?

3 Jun

This has got to be some sort of perverse irony, after 40 years of marriage, Al & Tipper Gore decide to split. Yet the man he served as Vice President for Bill Clinton, remains married to Hillary despite his philandering & public affair. Talk about irony? In today’s society how much does faithfulness really matter?

Miss America?

20 May

I still can’t get over Rima Fikah winning the Miss USA contest. She is Lebanese and of Muslim descent!   Having been placed on a pedestal that is quintessentially American it reinforces that anything is possible in this country. Perhaps one shouldn’t be so stunned since we do have a Black President, but I would be remiss to omit the prevailing stereotype towards Muslim Americans. Her crown is further evidence that each day we move closer to perfecting our union.