LeBron James is one of the best basketball players in the world. He has won MVP’s, a scoring title, been to the NBA Finals twice, and while he is in Miami he WILL win a NBA Championship. So why is LeBron the focus of so much criticism? It’s pretty simple. The people who are criticyzing him are thinking about what they would do if they were him. They are thinking about how great they would be, but they are not him. Neither am I.
LeBron James is the best physical specimen that the athletic world has ever seen. While this may be true, it does not automatically make him the best player in the NBA, or even on his own team. This is part of the problem though. Nobody wants to show love to LeBron for being good, or one of the best, people expect him to be the best in the world, because if they(or me) had his talent and physical gifts, they(we) would be better. What kind of crap is this? Yes, I have said and written plenty of negative stuff about James, but… That just it. There’s always a but. Did LeBron play awful in the 4th quarter? Yes, but his teammates didn’t play well either. Didn’t James miss about 800 free throws? Yeah, but so did the rest of the Heat. LeBron played great against Boston and Chicago in the playoffs last year. Ok, but he choked against Dallas in the NBA Finals. Seems like a pattern, right?
If I had LeBron’s talents, I would have already won two or three championships. If I were him, nobody could stop me. This is the mentality that fuels outrageous expectations. The frustration that everyone feels about James is unprecedented, and it’s not coming just from the fans. Hall of Fame players like Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley have had plenty of opinions about LeBron. These guys never question his ability, but instead wonder about his heart. If I replace the name LeBron James with Jerry Stackhouse, nobody would talk about how many championships he hasn’t won. They might say he underacheived, but there would not be the venom that there is for James. So everyone needs to take a step back. LeBron is and never will be Jordan. He is not Kobe. Nor is he Wade. He is LeBron James and we should all just enjoy what we are watching. He is an invaluable piece of what might wind up being one of the greatest teams of all time
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).