Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful near-summer. I am back on the blog after a bit of a hiatus. I recently started an internship at Syracuse University - oh yes, that's right, I'm name dropping... does this consider me an insider in matters pertaining to SU? Anyways, as a result I have been very busy, but I would like to get back on here and start letting you all know what I think of the current state of sports. The MLB draft is also only a week away and I have to start getting people to view my blog in anticipation of my very ambitious MLB Mock Draft, which will have in depth analysis of all one hundred and eleven day one picks. If you are a baseball fan, but have never paid much attention to the draft, I think you would very much enjoy keeping at least one eye on it this year, and my coverage of the draft is aimed at everyday fans who don't know as much about the scouting and player development side of the diamond. I am also thinking about running a live blog the night of the draft, Tuesday June 9th at 6:00 PM. I would open a blog post when I come home from work that afternoon and would run updates throughout the night, this would also act as a forum, where the comments section would be devoted to discussion and questions. If you are interested in this, please leave a comment below. I will be mentioning this as I post new blogs throughout the week - please let me know if this is something that would interest you! Anyways, in the past I have failed to live up to promises on this blog, I think this is because I took on big projects - such as the top 15 prospects series - which were impossible to finish. Now I will be focusing on smaller posts on a variety of topics. Since I mentioned the top 15 prospects series, allow me to use this time to conclude it. I will not be finishing the top prospects series, sorry. I do, however, have the remaining lists, and if you ask, I could release those in one post, but would provide no analysis or explanation. Also, feel free to comment topic ideas you would like my opinion on, or ask a question you would like answered... especially if you have a question about the 2009 MLB Draft! Anyways, without further ado, here's what I think about LeBron James...
I have never been a big supporter of LeBron, last year I was all for Kobe over LeBron for MVP. However, this year and particularly what LeBron has done in the playoffs, has left me unable to deny LeBron the title of "King". However, King James' season is over... let the scrutiny set in... and it didn't take long. Today I am going to discuss the whole ordeal of LeBron refusing to shake hands with the victorious Magic in the series clinching game six, as well as his refusal to participate in the postgame media conference. I'd like to kick off the series of musings (these are not fully conceived thoughts, just initial musings for the most part) with my apologies to LeBron James, after such a great season and his personal run in the playoffs, he faces so much uproar after his actions immediately following game six. I will forgive LeBron for leaving the court before shaking hands and congratulating the Magic. In the Heat of the moment people make mistakes. What I do not like is that he offered no remore for his actions afterward. When addressing the media after the incident he only offered explanations.
"It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them," he said. "I'm a winner. It's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them. That doesn't make sense to me. I'm a competitor. That's what I do. It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand."
I think that is absolutely ridiculous. LeBron comes off as arrogant and prideful. From reading this, it makes me think LeBron thinks he is above the game and is on a completely different level than his competitors. He is not. The Magic proved they were better. "I'm a winner." What kind of a statement is that? I get the idea that LeBron was perhaps poking at his teammates. "I'M a winner", they, my teammates, they're the losers. Again, I am just speculating, and tossing in some random thoughts - I apologize that this is not a well constructed "article", I'm writing it this way to emphasize the view point of a diverse group of fans. As mentioned before the biggest disappointment for me was the fact he offered no apology to the Magic. I would have liked to hear him say something like, I am sorry for my actions the other night, I would like to offer congratulations to the Dwight Howard and the Magic, they deserved to win, they are a great team, they work hard, etc. But, LeBron is all about LeBron! He is the above the league, forget about finals, it's all about LeBron, his future, he's a winner, right?
This whole situation reminds me of an MTV moment - oh yes, again. During The Duel - Real World, Road Rules Challenge, Kina, loses a tough physical challenge. It was a long endurance challenge and after a long time, her body finally gave in, and she lost. In the post challenge talking head, she whined, "My body couldn't do it, I could do it, but my stupid body wouldn't let me". LeBron is so dillusional to think that he is a winner and always a winner. He has to learn to lose and lose graciously. He should offer the Magic his apology and congrats. LeBron is probably the most physically gifted athlete to ever grace the NBA, he is at the top of the league, and he hasn't even reached his prime. It would be a shame if he began to be recognized as an ungracious player and a sore loser. I realize, LeBron is still young and will mature, but as the face of the league, he has to grow at a much faster rate than other players.
What are your thoughts? Remember MLB Draft, let me know! Please forgive me for the Real World plug.