LeBron James Isn't The Best Role Model, But We Have Had Unfair Expectations

6/17/12 in NBA   |   Jnewman482   |   141 respect

Jun 14, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) during the fourth quarter of game two in the 2012 NBA Finals at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Miami won 100-96. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRELet’s say you work as a chef. You live in your hometown and work at a local restaurant. Then, one day you get a call from your best friend, who works at a restaurant in another city. He says a job has opened up and if you want it…it’s yours.

You’ve been working at your hometown restaurant for a few years, but you and your friend have always worked incredibly well together. It is likely that you will become even more successful by teaming up with him and one of your dreams is to open up your restaurant with your buddy.

Every day this happens. People switch companies for all sorts of reasons. And sometimes they are judged for their decision to make a change, but for the most part everyone understands that they are making a business decision.

One of the most famous days that one of these decisions ever took place on is July 8, 2010. With the entire world watching, LeBron James announced that he was going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

Now, LeBron played “The Decision” pretty poorly. He came off as pretentious and ungrateful and Cleveland fans have every right to be upset with him for that. And then, of course, he compounded his mistake with that tacky introduction with Wade and Bosh, as they promised they would win eight championships.

But, looking at it more generally, LeBron did something that people do everyday. He switched cities, so he could work with his friends and become more successful, and then he celebrated as anyone would after making an important career decision.

The problem is that a lot of us think that LeBron should want to win a title without the help of another superstar let alone two, so what he did seems like a cop-out.

The truth is that while we are fortunate to have been able to have watched alpha dog players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant among others, it is also unfortunate because they raised our expectations for how a star player should behave, which forces us to wonder why LeBron doesn’t have the same competitive attitude.

MJ won six titles and he didn’t switch teams during his prime. Certainly, he had friends in the league, but you didn’t see him head to Phoenix to team up with Charles Barkley or New York to join Patrick Ewing. He was lucky that Phil Jackson was hired to coach the Bulls and terrific players like Scottie Pippen ended up in Chicago, but he was always the unquestioned leader.

Meanwhile, Kobe was also lucky to have Phil and he had Shaq for his three-peat. Of course, he kicked Shaq out of L.A., so it would be clear to everyone that he was the leader, but even though Pau Gasol joined the Lakers soon after, it was obvious that Kobe was still the go-to guy. 
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6/21/12   |   scquwi1   |   1232 respect

Derm said it with 'his arrogance lead to his hatred..... all Lebron had to do was some out and say I will look at my options and I may not be back.

Before Jordan and Kobe, you had players like Kareem, Dr. J, Mose Malone, one you mention Shaq, and even Kevin Garnett had switched teams. Stars have been switching teams since the beginning of time and it was not that people feel LeBron should win a ring on his on, instead seeing how the Cavs were improving, let them bring in more help for Lebron. If Lebron did not feel the Cavs were going to bring in the help needed to win, make it clear his intentions on leaving because of it, and the fans would not have gone crazy with the "decision", instead most would understand and supported him.

6/20/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

His arrogance led to his hatred...and it will plague him throughout his career.  But He IS going to GET A RING and his haters will have to suck it and deal with it.  Also I say he returns to Cleveland before he calls it quits