The story about Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron James has now reached epic proportions. In all likelihood, it could have been avoided if LeBron and the Nike people hadn't confiscated the video tape. It could have been an internet sensation for a few days, maybe a week, but then it would have been over. LeBron would have just gone on next year dominating the league, and it would have been water under the bridge.
In the end, no matter how big this video became, the worst thing that it could possibly do is show that LeBron James, at 24 years old, is not infallible. Despite the fact that he's a nearly unstoppable offensive force and a relentless defender, he's still human. Sometimes, albeit rare, guys can beat him on a play here and there. You know... just like every other basketball player who has ever stepped on the court. Even the all-time greats get dunked on.
That's right. Even Michael Jordan got dunked on. The original legendary #23, the player who LeBron clearly wants to emulate, and arguably the best player ever to walk the face of the earth got dunked on by a journeyman point guard.
And while Jordan Crawford's dunk is now the stuff that dreams are made of, it's not the first time LeBron was dunked on, either. Courtney Lee did it in the Eastern Conference Finals. Twice.
In my opinion, Nike needs to let the video out, preferably in the form of a commercial. They could feature Jordan getting posterized by John Starks, and then LeBron on the receiving end of the Jordan Crawford dunk. Throw in a few more of Nike's poster boys getting dunked on, and then show them afterward, returning the favor on 5 other guys.
The bottom line is that it doesn't matter whether or not you get dunked on, or who embarrasses you on the court. but how you move on from it. LeBron will undoubtedly go on and win another MVP, perhaps a championship, and this summer fiasco won't mean a thing in the long run. So don't make a big deal about it. Celebrate LeBron's mortality, and just move on.