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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Why everyone is sick of Lebron James

Well, for starters, I'd like to point out that going to the Heat is not a cowardly move, it's not a bad move for him, and actually, it took some balls. He HAD to have known there'd be backlash and he HAD to have known that his individual legacy will never be up on a high level w/ Jordan, or even Kobe for that matter because he just planted himself in the Scottie Pippen role. Miami is, was, and always will be Dwyane Wade's team, and because Wade is one of maybe 2-3 other players that can challenge Lebron as the best player in the game, Lebron just went from a 1 to a 2. So, I admire his move and caring more about winning a ring than individual glory, so kudos to that. If this Heat team does establish a dynasty (which I highly doubt they do, mostly because of Mr. 6's ego), then he will be part of one of the greatest team/dynasties of all time rather than one of the greatest players of all time. At least, that's how I see it, and unless he's a moron, that's how he had to see it. And Magic Johnson calling him out? For christ sake, he played with Kareem and James Worthy. Kareem > Wade, and Worthy > Bosh. So, please, just because you didn't have to leave to find a great situation, don't make it look like you brought that team from ground zero. 

On to why I can't stand the guy. His ego knows no bounds. I mean, basically every player has nicknames. DWADE and Dwight Howard are "Flash" and "Superman" respectively. I don't think DWADE does anything with his nick-name, but Dwight does dress up for the dunk contest (did), and dances to "Crank Dat" by Soulja boy, but never have I seen him in a serious tone call himself "Superman". Maybe he's addressed it in a joking tone, or something like that, but he plays with the name, he doesn't engulf himself in it. Kobe is the Black Mamba, but how many times have you see Kobe mention himself as the Mamba in a press conference or something like that? I doubt that number is above 1. I mean, look at Kevin Durant. The dude is the new face of USA basketball (for the time being). Considering every other major star is out, and he's the only real top talent left (closest thing would be Andre Iguodala and that's a steep drop), he could be taking this opportunity to call attention to himself. He's not. In fact, any report you read says KD is shy, and tries to stay away from the camera and spotlights. Why? Because the kid is humble. Because he isn't all about himself. Durant is all about his teammates and making sure they get proper credit. He's the anti-Lebron and I can NOT wait until the rest of the media wakes up to what a breathe of fresh air this kid is. Back to Howard, there's a fine line between being an egotistical jerk, and someone who likes to have fun.

That brings me to Shaqulle O'Neal, who has taken on some Lebron-esque traits in the last few years. When Shaq first started, everyone knew that he had a little bit of an ego, but not only did he back it up with his play, he was likable? Why is that? Well, for starters, he was a prankster, he liked to joke with people, dress up in funny costume, poke fun at people. He was funny. He did a couple movies including that one with the Genie. I forget it's name, but it wasn't that bad. Shaq was on top of the world, and yes, he showed a HUGE ego, but people didn't have a problem with it because Shaq embraced his ego and made a positive out of it by channeling his "ego" into jokes, laughs, and entertainment. I think it was 2007, Shaq was at the all-star game and had a dance off with Lebron, Dwight Howard, and I want to say Jermaine O'Neal. That was funny. It was entertaining. It was Shaq being Shaq. However, over the past couple years, Shaq's game has deteriorated, and with that, so has his charm. He's not funny anymore. He's not big ole' lovable Shaq. He's become a jerk. His ego has grown just as big, but his game, along with his originality and charisma, has fallen flat. No longer is he poking fun at people because that's who he is. Shaq is now attacking people verbally for no reason. I mean, the entire spat with Dwight Howard was so childish, it wasn't even funny. When Shaq stopped caring about entertainment and picked up the "any press is good press" approach, he became a jerk, and right now, 75% of NBA fans can't stand the guy. Why's that? Because when you drop the entertainment value and keep the ego, that's where you lose your fans.

And finally, we're on to LeBron James. Or, if you ask him what his name is, he'll respond with "The King". A couple years ago, maybe even as far back as last year, Lebron was loved by EVERYONE. I mean, some people couldn't stand him because he was a threat to their team, but no one really was sick of him. He had hosted the ESPYs and done a FANTASTIC job doing it. He was hilarious. The skit where he sang and wore that crazy outfit was pure comedy. I loved every minute of it. He hosted SNL and again, was very funny in that too. Everyone knew that Lebron had a little bit of an ego, but the dude counter-balanced it with humor and fantastic charisma. I mean, we don't even have to go into how he had the entire state of Ohio, not only the City of Cleveland, wrapped around his finger. The dude had millions of people under his spell, and there seemed like no stopping him. But the, Lebron became like Shaq, and stopped with the humor and just became an arrogant a$$. Some people will call the pre-game dances unprofessional, but to me, they were teammates having fun. They were building chemistry, so good for them. But then there was the infamous game 6 against Orlando in the ECF. Not only did it seem like Lebron may have quit in that game, he disregarded shaking the hands of a single Orlando player. His teammate, Delonte West, the guy who played his absolute heart out that series and seemed to be the only one trying at the end, went and exchanged jersey's soccer style with his college teammate Jameer Nelson, and DWEST shook the hands of every Magic player. Lebron had a former "teammate" on the other side as well; his olympic teammate Dwight Howard had just dropped 40 and 15 to end the series. While Dwight looked around for his "friend" and Olympic teammate, Lebron was sulking in the locker room, no where to be found. A day or two later, he sent out some bogus excuse about how competitive he is. Whatever, some people gave him a pass for it. But then there was the talk in the off-season about the 2010 free agency. He never answered any of the questions directly, but he loved the open door. He loved that he kept the media open to speculation and such because, well, that meant more attention towards Lebron. During the season everything seemed fine, but then the Cavs ran up against the healthy and rejuvenated Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers lost in 6 games, and Lebron seemed like a turnover slot machine by the end. Put a quarter in, and Lebron gives you the ball. But what set people off was the way he ended game 6. Walking up and down the court, hanging in the corner or at the top of the key just to throw up a brick. This was a 8 point game with 2 minutes left and he QUIT on his teammates. There was no debate this time. Lebron James had given up on his teammates. 

On to the off-season of 2010. After being himself and throwing 6 digit budget parties for himself, Lebron signed a contract with ESPN to do a special on "The Decision". Where the self-proclaimed "King" announced he was going to Miami. Again, I have no problem with that. In all reality, it looks like a good move on paper, especially to a guy whose lived his whole life on talent, and to who the fundamentals mean basically nothing to. However, did he really need a 1 hour special to sign a contract with the Heat? Absolutely not. But, it was feeding the ego. Then, he gets criticized for leaving Cleveland in the dust and blah blah blah. What does he do? LEaves Cleveland out of his appreciation speech, tell the City he hates it (in GQ), talk about how Dan Gilbert "didn't care about Lebron". Notice how there's no brackets there? That's because he legitimately talk about himself in 3rd person. Why? Because he's an ego freak. You get it? Lebron's "taking notes" on who calls him out and such. He's calling people out for doing their job and analyzing his move. His sense of entitlement and the fact that he thinks everyone should praise him is disgusting in itself. 

Lebron James. Why are people sick of him? At first, he was a lovable, charismatic phenom. However, as time went on, his charisma lowered and his ego grew to the point where the slightest negative comment sets him off. So please, Heat fans, stop defending the guy you've been trashing for the passed 2 years and realize where everyone is coming from. No one doubts his talents. It's hard to. Everyone's just sick of his act. He may consider himself humble, but the rest of us really know the truth about "The Prince".
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:29 am
 

Happy Halloween - BURN of the Week 10/31/09

This will be my weekly "wrap-up" on the week that was. I'll usually try and cover a topic from 4 major sports. That includes college. This week, we have NBA, NFL, College Football, and Major League Baseball on the agenda. Let's get started.
  • NBA
There's been a lot of talk about the emergence of Brooke Lopez to challenge Dwight Howard as the best Center in the East. Maybe not this year, but in the future. People say that Lopez' offensive game is much more polished. So polished in fact, that he scored 11 points on 3-8 shooting. Dwight, however, only managed 20 points on 8-11 shooting. Lopez is supposed to be a great rebounder and defender also. So great, he managed as many personal fouls as rebounds: 5 a piece. Howard, on the other hand, managed 22 rebounds w/ only 3 personal fouls.

Let's look at the entire game here
  1. Howard: 20/22/1/4
  2. Lopez: 11/5/1/1
Howard had 9 more points, 17 more rebounds, and 3 more blocks. That's a pretty hefty margin for the top two centers in a conference, don't you think? Howard only had 1 assist, but when Carter went down, the offense only ran well when it ran through him. Lopez was so overmatched, the Nets had to double. Dwight's passing has improved and he made some great reads that got some superb ball movement opening up easy looks for Anderson/Carter, and even himself.

His offensive game has gotten much better as well. He dunked a lot last night, but he has moves now people. He's got soft touch. Against 
Samuel Dalembert and Brooke Lopez, two of the league's best defensive Center's, Dwight is averaging 21 points shooting at a 77% clip. Get ready league, the take-over has just begun.
  • NFL
Unfortunately for me, I'm a Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan. I know, there's a good chance that we go 0-16 this year. That would be our second ever winless season. It's heart-breaking and gut-wrenching for the fans. However, what it brought to my attention was the NFL's annual game in London.  After watching this game, I'm not a fan.

Even though the Bucs got destroyed by the Patriots, this game took away a HOME GAME from us Buccaneers fans. That's 100 dollars right down the drain. You have got to love NFL owners, right; especially ones that are 60 million dollars under the cap.

Another issue that I had was that the fans there really just didn't care. There was no real energy in the stadium. It would be like if Manchester United played some premiere league bottom feeder in Dallas' new stadium. Sure, people would watch, but no one would really be into it. It'd be just a flat atmosphere.

Now, I can't blame the NFL for putting a terrible team against a Super Bowl contender in this game considering when the decision was made. Tampa Bay was 9-3 and ranked as the third or fourth best team in the NFL. New England was also having a big year, and was set to return Tom Brady this year. It would be a clash of the titans. The, the Buccaneers blew up their team, and wa-la, you have what happened on Sunday. 

The England game takes too much planning, and as we saw last weekend, too much can happen in that time.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL
A common out-cry by football purists over the past couple weeks has been "defenses have finally caught up with the spread". That's just not true. They say that Texas Tech, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, the POWERS of the spread are all having down years offensively. Well, that's true, but it's not because "defenses have caught up with the spread". Let's take a look at some of the talent that these teams are missing this year, and we're not even including the offensive line.
  1. Florida - Percy Harvin (starting WR), Louis Murphy (starting WR)
  2. Texas - Quan Cosby (starting WR)
  3. Oklahoma - Joauin Iglesias (starting WR), Jermaine Gresham (starting TE), Sam Bradford (starting QB), Manny Johnson (starting WR)
  4. Texas Tech - Graham Harrell (starting QB), Michael Crabtree (starting WR)
All of these teams have taken heavy hits this year, especially Oklahoma. On that list are FOUR current or future NFL first round picks, and every single one other than Harrell is on an NFL roster. 

Now, look away from your traditional powers. Oklahoma State, who runs the spread, is putting up huge numbers. Auburn, who's converting over to a quazi-spread, has improved numbers. Houston is blowing people's minds right now.

The defenses have NOT caught up to the spread. It's a perfect system. Athletes in space are still athletes in space. The moment the defense tries to adapt and put a bunch of 5'9, 170 pound speedsters in the game, you're going to see a Tim Tebow or some big, powerful running back coming at you. 

The spread has too many options. It spreads you out. Think about paper. When you crumple paper up (i-formation), you can't really do anything so it. When you spread it out (spread), there are so many spots of weakness that you can have your way with it. The moment the NFL (other than New Orleans and New England) realizes that the spread is the future, you'll start to see great college players getting their dues and hopefully the end of these, "mediocre in college but has pro-tools" busts.
  • MLB:
Anyone else cheering for the Phillies just to see New York lose?
 
 
 
 
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