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Lebron has a lot to learn

June 1, 2009

I am as big of a Lebron fan as the next guy, but what King James pulled after last night’s defeat to the Orlando Magic was unacceptable.  The Orlando Magic took down the Cavs in 6 games, and at the end of the game last night, not only did Lebron not shake hands with any of the Magic team, he didn’t even address the media.  He loves being in the spotlight 24/7, whether it is one of his puppet commercials, shoe endorsements, or draining shots from the other side of the court with ease in front of the camera.  I am a very competitive person, and I hate to lose.  There is a fine line between being upset, and portraying a lack of sportsmanship.  If Lebron wants to be the face of the NBA for the next 12-15 years, he has to act with class and dignity in good times and bad.  Glamour and fame always comes with responsibility, especially in LBJ’s scenario.  The MJ comparisons are just going to heat up even more over the next few years.  There will never be another Michael Jordan, but Lebron can create his own everlasting identity for the NBA.  He will go down as one of the greatest of all time once he ties up his sneakers for the last time.  I know he is still young, but after being in the league for six years, a player of Lebron’s stature and calibur should stand tall when times are at their worst.  David Stern should force Lebron to watch the conclusion of the NHL finals.  Sidney Crosby is just as competitive as Lebron, but when he loses he will be the first one in line to shake hands with the opponent.  When it comes to sports, sportsmanship is a must.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2009 2:46 pm

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  2. geoffrey7713 permalink
    June 2, 2009 4:52 am

    Couldn’t agree more

  3. thijazi permalink
    June 3, 2009 11:12 pm

    I agree with the majority of what you said, but for a moment try and put yourself in his shoes…LBJ has had this incredible burden on his shoulders for the past year, being only 24 years of age, and you let everyone down that held high expectations. Frustration can be very hard to control, and the way he reacted was better than throwing a temper tantrum in a press conference and blaming the rest of his team or coach etc. I also would compare his reaction to some of the ways these other ” Thugs” react to calls. But like you said rolls, if he is going to be the “face” of the NBA he will need to learn some composure, but I believe this act can be excused. If I were him I would like five mins to sort things out after a shameful effort. Plus he is still so young that accepting defeat is a lot easier said than done. But in the end I guess the Magic are cool. Ha

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