Entitlement is defined as, “a right granted by law or contract, (especially a right to benefits). From the moment LeBron James was drafted into the NBA, members of the media have crowned him as the future of the NBA, and all but guaranteed that he will end his career with more championship rings than Kobe Bryant.
The bad news is that LeBron is literally buying into this hype. The belief that teams were supposed to lie down, and simply allow him to cruise to his second NBA Finals appearance was at the core of LeBron’s failure to show good sportsmanship to the Orlando Magic, after they had successfully snatched his lunch.
LeBron actually believed that Jerry West was being sincere when he made the ridiculous comment regarding his having surpassed Kobe as the best player in the NBA.
Perhaps LeBron failed to realize that Jerry West bled purple and gold, and that West is literally responsible for the success of this current Laker team, as a direct result of his donating Pau Gasol two years ago, so that he could see his beloved Lakers dominate once again.
The truth of the matter is that as a result of Orlando’s absolute domination of the Cavaliers, teams are not going to be intimidated by the mere appearance of Lebron James in coming years. Add to this the fact that Cleveland will not be the only team making summer moves to enhance their roster.
Orlando is extremely attractive to free agents. They do not charge a state tax, and if I’m a free agent trying to sell my wife and kids on living in Cleveland versus Orlando; chances are that I could expect a bit of a challenge in explaining the benefits of hanging with LeBron James everyday, as opposed to making visits to Disney World and other historic attractions in the greater Orlando district.
Contrary to popular belief, LeBron James is not God. He is not the messiah. He is not the second coming. He will not be better than MJ, or KB. In reality, he’s a 6’8, 275lb basketball player, who does not know how to post up, and absolutely lacks testicular fortitude in clutch moments.
Of course, Lebron fans will point to the prayer shot that saved Christmas. However, the fact that Cleveland fell apart, blowing huge leads in back-to-back games against Orlando, while the “King” nearly gained five pounds by munching on his nails, and whining for fouls, clearly shows that he cannot handle pressure.
At the end of this week, Kobe Bryant will be celebrating his fourth championship ring. I understand that he does not make funny commercials, and perhaps his teammates hate his demanding style of leadership.
However, funny commercials, and pizza parties with teammates do not produce championships. LeBron James will absolutely not finish his career with more rings than Kobe, and I have reason to believe that he will never win a single championship in Cleveland.