Does this image not speak volumes? Seriously, I’m not sure I even need to say much, as sports writers have let their fingers do the talking on the issue, including a column by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and a compilation of distasteful words for LBJ by Erik Hayden. Regardless of what Pedigo says, I think King James brought this moment on his self. I don’t think it’s necessary, however, to rehash old wounds or beat a dead horse (whatever your favorite idiom may be) by noting all of the reasons why people think LBJ is an bonafide a-hole for the way he departed from Cleveland last year (see here for my personal thoughts on that topic).
I will provide a few examples of why I revel in the defeat that James and the Miami Heat suffered last night to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the NBA Finals…
One, throughout the series, James simply did not rise to the occasion as a clutch performer. Let’s just note his lack of production during the fourth quarters of the games, or that he led all players in turnovers (n=24; see here) for the series. Yes, I realize this was his first NBA Finals with the Heat, so maybe he was a little nervous. Right? Who cares. He was EXPECTED to fulfill his potential as one of the greatest players of all time, and he just didn’t get it done, quite frankly.
And secondly, did you see what he tweeted last night after the game? If not, let me provide you the details, and if you did, well, it’s worth a read again:
@KingJames: The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time. Right now isn’t the time.
What?!?! Who the hell is this man’s PR consultant? Amazing. Knowing that everybody thinks you’re the most selfish player in the NBA, maybe all of professional sports, and this is your tweet following your team’s defeat in the Finals? Yeah, this just confirmed that in LBJ’s eyes, there IS an “i” in “team.” Stay hot, Lebron, stay hot.
Until next week, my friends, stay thirsty! Peace.