Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sunday Brunch Rant Week 11
Written by Anthony Hernandez
Today I'm really ticked off. If you saw last night's game between the Cavs and the Magic, you know what I'm talking about. I'm not upset that Cleveland lost. I'm upset about how Lebron James acted after the game.
Last night Lebron James showed he isn't ready to be "King of the NBA." He's not ready to be the face of a League, City, or Team. He showed immaturity, selfishness and a lack of professionalism.
I don't care how good he is. Character makes a person. Michael Jordan would have never left the court after a loss, no matter how painful and embarrassing, without shaking hands with his opponents. It's a lack of respect to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. If it was Delonte West who acted like that I wouldn't mind, but coming from the league MVP it is unacceptable.
Lebron's actions suggest that he can't handle the pressure of being a leader yet. He can't handle the pressure of being a superstar yet. He did not have the guts to face the media and explain how the best regular season team (the one that cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs) could not advance to the NBA Finals.
If it wasn't for a miracle shot in Game 2 the Cavs would have been swept by the Magic.
Here's an idea Lebron: The next time you have 10 days to prepare and practice before the start of a series, how about you actually practice instead of throwing up trick shots from different places on the court. For your next trick shot you should figure out how to go back in time to beat Orlando.
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