King James Should Be Called Prince James

Reavis DorseyContributor IJune 3, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks toward the bench against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Okay I know this has been a large topic discussed since this weekend but I have to state my new feelings on King James.

Not shaking hands???

Come on now.  If you watch basketball, you know all the great players who lose after a game, go and shake hands from the opposing team. 

At least the other team's leading player.  Giving them words of encouragement for the future rounds or congratulations on their play.

Yes LeBron won MVP, averaged 37-8-8 and is just 24 years old.  Nowhere near his prime, yet he is one of the best basketball players in the world. 

His play is there, but is he on that maturity level yet? 

Throughout his career I've only seen great things from LeBron on and off the court.  After what LeBron did in the Olympics and accomplished this year, I jumped on the bandwagon. 

LeBron was showing his growth in every aspect of the game.  Making his teammates better, playing better defense, and was being mentioned in the same light of MJ. 

Scary to mention that 'cause don't think there will ever be another MJ.

But I know that it takes respect for your opponent to be great. That's one thing LeBron lacks. 

Is it because of his youth or his competitiveness, as he claimed?

Who isn't competitive?  MJ was competitive, but I've seen him congratulate his NBA buddies on opposing teams.  Although, he was always winning.

Countless times in recent years, I've seen Tim Duncan and Shaq exchange handshakes and smiles after a series.  Same with other great players in the league now.

LeBron's actions, in my opinion, have pushed him back a few steps when it comes to being great. Until he can learn more respect for the game and his peers, he will not be "Great."

But don't get me wrong, I'd put him on my team any day!