Post by Disable Smilies on May 11, 2011 21:23:51 GMT -5
LeBron James is a hack who doesn't know how to harness the ability he has, nor does he respect that he has it. He's a 26 year old who was never allowed to mature mentally because he was given a national spotlight as a 17 year old in high school. He was given another spotlight upon being "The Next Jordan", and being selected #1 overall, and going to his hometown city. It's all gone to his head and shows everytime he gets over emotional over petty things that other guys all around the court handle without acting like a teenager who got his dick wet for the first time. On top of that, he turned his back on his hometown city because he had a chance to live in Miami (They could have built the same team in Cleveland, Wade was a free agent). That's sick, and twisted on so many levels, AND THEN he put his "decision" on live television for no reason other than to put the spotlight on himself like a spoiled kid would. He might not ever mature. He's going to be stuck like this until he's humbled. Unfortunately for fans of basketball, he may never be humbled because of his personal talent. His teams will always be a threat no matter where he plays or who his teammates are.
Fuck that...he gave Cleveland plenty of time to build him a contender and could never get it done.
Anyone who says they would turn down money, playing hoops with their friends and living on South Beach to live in Ohio is a fucking liar and hypocrite.
And actually, he took less money to go to Miami because he wanted a chance to win a title and play with his buddies. Why the hell would Wade want to go from Miami to Cleveland? What sense does that make?
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My opinion of the entire mess was that if LeBron had not done "The Decision", I would have had absolutely no problem with him leaving. Had he acted professionally and informed the Cavs of his decision, allowing the organization to avoid the humility of learning it with the rest of the country during a self-absorbed glory fest, there would be no issues. I understand him wanting to leave... The Cavs failed to build him a solid team to back him up. My anger towards LeBron has nothing to do with the fact that he left.
The arrogance he has displayed both upon leaving, as well as since then, has been so disappointing. First off, I don't believe there will ever be a "next Jordan", but anyone giving him that label fails to see LeBron has a lot of maturing and growing up to do before he is going to be the next anything. The boy is a remarkable basketball talent that perhaps had to grow up too fast, and it's stunted his ability to become a man.
Post by Perfectly Straightedge on May 12, 2011 15:46:05 GMT -5
That's the thing that gets REAL annoying by people. They want to try and label a "New Jordan" their will NEVER be another Jordan. So for people to try, and compare Jordan, and Lebron it's like comparing Apples, to Oranges. They play different positions, and they don't play the same way.
I agree with Bigs. The problem with The Cavs was that they kept banking on the offseason to get LeBron help, and they never got it, and I just think the whole thing was handled bad on both sides.
I am still a HUGE LeBron fan he is my favorite athlete, and he always will be. I am glad that they finally beat the Celtics, and I am hoping for LeBron to finally get a title this post-season.
Post by Man of Steel on May 13, 2011 8:48:50 GMT -5
I honestly think what happens this postseason has nothing to do with LeBron...I don't like what's happened to Dwayne Wade. Before this year he was a classy well polished player who was a good leader and has an NBA Title. This year he turned into a ghetto, cheap shot artist who has no respect for anyone or anything.
I understand the maturity issue since I saw my team's best player (Kobe) grow up from an immature whiner to a guy who just wants to win and whats to create a contagious winning atmosphere on his team. The last two years he's done that. Unfortunately the team overall has its own age issues. I'd like to see Oklahoma City take it. They have a good crop of talents and seem to be very mature to handle playoff pressure...that is if they can beat Memphis. I think they pose matchup problems for Dallas. We'll see.
Post by Perfectly Straightedge on May 13, 2011 14:43:58 GMT -5
I am still going Miami they are playing a whole other level then other teams. 8-2 so far in the playoffs, and we took out Boston who like always is a tough team to beat. I lost some respect for Paul Pierce in that game. Especially when he got wrapped up by James Jones, and give him a headbutt, and started complaining about it. Lebron gets wrapped every single time he gets a fastbreak so Pierce needed to get ejected.
I despise Andrew Bynum with every single fiber of my being. You want to talk maturity issues that kid has them without a doubt. Did you see the elbow he threw at J.J with like 5 minutes left in the game, and then he took off his jersey and left through Dallas' side of the court. No class at all. Everytime I watch him he just acts like a big punk, and he talks a lot of smack for someone who can't finish a season cause he is hurt all the time.
I really want to see Memphis comeback on OKC. I know us Tennessee people are excited about it. Cause we have not had that much luck with home teams. I think the Preds did good, but I don't know though. I don't follow hockey.
I am hoping that the Heat will win it. Which will make me happy, cause I want to see Big Z, and Juwan Howard get rings they deserve.
Post by Disable Smilies on May 14, 2011 12:01:45 GMT -5
I can't think of another team who has had has a legitimate shot at four consecutive titles since the 03 Lakers lost to the Spurs, other than my Boston Celtics who won it all in 2008, watched KG lose his knees and had to reinvent his game in 2009, watched Kendrick Perkins dominate Pau Gasol for 5.5 games, and him blow out his ACL only for Gasol to run over Big Baby in the final 1.5 games last year in the Finals, and then to watch Rajon Rondo (the teams best player, and offensive orchestrator) play one armed for three games these playoffs and barely lose to this Heat team. It all comes down to injuries. I'm not sure any NBA team could have stopped a 100% healthy Celtics team four years running and it sucks. Everyone mentions how the Celtics with Bird and McHale and Parish could have stopped the Jordan Era from winning 90-92 if all three were healthy, too. But Bird's back was gone, and McHale's ankle was a flub, and Parish's knees were gone as well. The Len Bias thing transcends injury. As weird as it seems, could the Celtics have a curse? We're talking losing six titles, on top of the 17 they already have, due to injuries.. just in my lifetime!
For the three people who said "yeah but LolBron hurt his wrist last year", my response is.. he also quit on his team when his team needed him the most. If the Cavs lost because of his injury and only because of that, it's an excuse.
Post by Disable Smilies on May 15, 2011 23:24:04 GMT -5
The look on the Heat's face after tonight was along the lines of watching the Bulls sleep with all the Heat players wives, while the Heat players watched. Then again, LeBron would probably stop caring half way through that, too. Quitters never win and winners never quit. Bitch.