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Oh How the Tables Have Turned..

July 26, 2010

Earlier this year, the corner of 34th st and 7th Avenue was plastered with a picture of Lebron James….

And this is what it looks like now..

Madison Square Garden billboard photo by intreegme

I’ve noticed that Madison Square Garden (where Lebron would have been playing if he chose to go to the Knicks) billboard is completely Lebron free. In fact the picture you now see is of:

Madison Square Garden billboard photo by intreegme

Okay, one could say they had already planned to change the billboard beforehand, to advertise for the World Basketball Festival, but every part of my being believes otherwise. That billboard has had Lebron’s face plastered on it since I came to NY a couple of years ago. I’m sure if Lebron had chosen to play for the Knicks come this fall, this whack cartoon image of Carmelo would have never seen the light of day.

I watched the ESPN interview LBJ did when he announced his decision and I can’t say that I was completely shocked. What shocked me was how his “loyal” fans in Cleveland began burning his jerseys before he could even finish the interview. I mean really? After 7 years he gave to Cleveland they turn their backs on him like he’s an adopted child.

Well I guess in a way he is now the adopted child. Miami adopted him faster than Brangelina could adopt their 7th baby and now he will be playing with his new brothers Wade and Bosh. I can’t even hate on him.

But one person who needed his hating card revoked was Dan Gilbert as seen here.  I guess in some capacity Gilbert thought he owned Lebron. Until he came to the “realization” on July 8th, that when you own someone, you have control over where they go and what they do (Though I will say it was in bad taste for Lebron to wait so long to make his mind up, and to tell Miami his decision, but not tell the Cavs before it was announced on tv).

Oh and did you check the part in the link about him making sure the Cavs will win a championship before Lebron does? Guess what Gilbert?? You couldn’t win a championship when you had Lebron so what makes you think you will win one now? Lebron was the closest taste to victory you ever had and now you are just bitter, admit it.

It’s just so funny how with the exception of Heat fans, everyone felt like they were betrayed by Lebron. Let’s think of it though, if he had chosen any other team between the Bulls, Knicks, Nets, and Clippers, someone would have had something negative to say about his decision. And if he chose to stay with Cleveland, alot of people would have looked at him like he was dumb for passing up a chance to play with Bosh and Wade.

Michael Jordan has even expressed his disapproval about LBJ joining the team to beat. Other people compare and contrast Lebron and Kobe, boasting about Bryant’s loyalty to LA, the team that helped birthed him ever since high school graduation. Well let’s take a look at the situation back then.

When MJ won his first championship in 1991 on his 6th season playing with the Bulls, his team consisted of Bill Cartwright, Scottie Pippen, BJ Armstrong, Horace Grant, Stacey King, John Paxson, etc. On his 3rd season with the Lakers Kobe won his first championship in 2000. And his team consisted of Shaq, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher and hmm…some old Bulls players that knew what it took to win a championship: Horace Grant, John Salley, and Ron Harper. Not only did both Kobe and MJ have a great support system, but they were being coached by the coach dubbed as “one of the best coaches in NBA history”, Phil Jackson (and now dude has more championship rings than he has fingers).

the Darth Vader of the NBA, Phil “I Can Make You a Winner” Jackson/

Not to take away from the talent MJ and Kobe both had at that time, but I’m sure if LBJ was blessed enough to have that kind of set up, maybe he would have a ring right now. And if he had a ring by now, he would still be with the Cavs.

If Lebron had been traded to a team that already had players for him to work under to hone his skill with, things would have been different. But instead he was thrown onto a team where at the ripe age of 18, he was the leader and the star player right off the bat.

Sidenote: It seems a lot of people don’t even think about the fact that Kobe was initially traded to the Charlotte Hornets (when they were in N.C.) straight out of high school, and on the last-minute was traded to LA. Sometimes I wonder how things have would have been for Kobe then?

So now everyone wants to lash out on Lebron for choosing to play on a team with a better support system? Really? Okay for those who are upset that he left the Cavs the question is this…how long should’ve Lebron stayed with Cleveland?  What would have been an acceptable time for everyone?

I support Lebron’s decision all the way. He is taking control of his destiny and doing what is best for him. Anyone who says NBA players don’t play for the ring is a boldface liar….The only thing now is that the Heat have pressure to win it..My co-worker WHO IS A LAKER FAN AND A LEBRON HATER brought up a point. He said: “It could be looked at like a lose-lose situation. If the Heat win the next championship, everyone would have expected them to anyways. If they lose it, then everyone will be wondering what the hell happened? You got some of the best guys in the league on one team…”

I kinda see what he is saying.. but I’m still Team Lebron. He deserves a ring by any means necessary.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Swag permalink
    July 27, 2010 6:19 pm

    Awesome Article. Bringing back the ’91 Bulls roster. Truthfully I didn’t realize how deep that team was. Now it makes me wonder what Jordan’s other championship team rosters took like.

    And now that you mention, I wonder what the NBA will look like once Phil Jackson retires.

    • July 28, 2010 9:20 am

      Thanks Swag! Yeah I don’t understand why everyone compares Lebron’s situation to MJ and Kobe’s loyalty to their teams, when Lebron’s team’s dynamic was nothing like what they had.

  2. Mikw permalink
    July 29, 2010 1:12 am

    What are we talking about here? The decision, or his legacy. The two are different.
    His decision was his own, sure choose the Heat… but with that realize that you are now apart of some else’s dream and someone else’s team. IF he wins a title with the heat, it will be known as D’wade’s team, period…. Lebron went to his team, in his era, which equals D’Wades title. The decision to me was cop out. It was a way out of the pressure of being dubbed… “the King.” It is a way to pass the buck, and not be a leader. It was away to follow a great leader, as he did during the 2008 Olympic Games, when Wade led the team in scoring, Kobe in defensive stops and clutch shots and ohhhhh… It was Lebron… In turn overs. Speaking of team USA, who did they turn to in the Gold medal contest when the game was on the line…. it was not D’wade or Lebron… It was KOBE. Who came through with clutch shot, after shot.
    It’s never Lebron leading any team to a title…. It’s always him leading the team off the court with a salty, pouting, crying face. It’s him letting an outstanding black head coach be the scape goat for his horrific un “king James” like play. It’s him leading the league in the cry baby stats with comments like: “it’s my crab dribble, and i’ve spoiled people with my play.” It is fitting that Lebron become a roll player… that’s what he’s been all along. Playing the roll of the loser, who has excuses every year for why his team doesn’t win…. WAKE UP! The problem is you, Lebron. You had a very capable team and coach last season…. YOU never stepped up… instead you disappeared, like roll players often do in big games.

    • July 29, 2010 11:50 am

      Hey Mikw,

      Thanks for the comment. You made some good points (referring to the crab dribble excuse) but I can’t say that agree with you on several things. Yes, Lebron’s decision and legacy are two different things, but his decsion affects his legacy so it makes sense to talk about both cohesively. Just because Lebron is a part of “D-Wade’s” team doesn’t mean he is a part of his dream. Were Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen a part of MJ’s dream because they were on “his” team? Do you know what their dreams were? And do their legacies count for nothing? If that’s the case then you might as well say that anyone who played for Phil Jackson was a part of his dream because essentially, it is his team.

      What I am trying to get at, is that everyone seems to think they know Lebron’s dream, so much so that they tell him he is making a mistake by joining the Heat. Lebron has explicitly stated that he wants a ring, wants to win, and plays to win (just like anyone in the NBA would). He told us what is dream is. So now you, as well as others accuse him of being a cop out, and say that he’s backing out of pressure to lead, while discrediting him being a leader during the entirety of his Cavs career.

      There is too much emphasis on title here. “Kobe’s” this and “D-Wade’s” that. If the Heat win a championship, everyone from that team wins and Lebron knows that. D-Wade never won alone and neither has Kobe. No one seems to focus on the aspect of a team anymore. Look at old press conferences of Lebron and you will see he always talks about his team and how each person supports each other. What’s interesting to me is that everyone is choosing to look at LBJ in a negative light. The fact that he can lead a team for 7 years and then humble himself enough to play on a team that is considered “someone else’s”, is huge to me. Yes, he realizes the great potential to win, but he had several other options he could have chosen, where he wouldn’t have to humble himself.

      Who knows what other factors led to him leaving the Cavs? It’s his life to live, and he made a decision that worked for him, his dreams, and the legacy he is still creating so how can you criticize that?

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