Mo' Money Mo' Problems: Why The World Can't Accept LeBron James

GrahamSenior Analyst IDecember 26, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the national anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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When LeBron James came into the league, he was a meek 18-years-old. But in no way did his personality reveal his age. No, LeBron’s steam-headed initiative to bull his way through adversities and obstacles was almost unstoppable—as was his game.

LeBron’s horse-chest and strapping thighs were/are one of the most physically capable weapons seen in today’s league. LeBron put on displays of offensive dominance early, as well as defensive superiority. His stretched arms and massive hands allowed him to get a lot of passes and lazy dribbles, and hold on for an easy basket.

As LeBron skyrocketed up Internet and TV player rankings, and took the Cavs with him, comparisons started coming out like Grandma’s desserts on holiday mornings. His fiery scoring potency and dead-lock defensive ability connected his name to the celebrated title of Michael Jordan. Descriptions of LeBron being the “Jack of all Trades” on the court linked him to the likes of Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson.

LBJ’s relished leadership shone in the 2006-7 season, when James hoisted the Cavs on his shoulders and took them to the NBA Finals. This generation’s No. 23 seemed like he had wings in an unbelievable showing during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Dubbed the underdogs, and heading into the basketball factory out in Detroit, LeBron’s squad mates felt like they were lucky just to be there…which may perhaps be the reason why they won that series. In a Game Five eruption from James, LBJ soared to 48 points, bombarded the Detroit interior rebounders for nine rebounds, and sniped through the perimeter to garner seven assists.

What exactly from this performance told us that LeBron was going to be the player he is today? The fact that LBJ notched 29 of the final 30 Cleveland points…as well as the statsheet showing us that James shot the lights out (18-33, 2-3 from behind the arc). This is all coming from a young gun who is supposedly a “poor” shooter.

From 06-7 on is when James began to establish his well-rounded dominance from every area on the court, both sides. LeBron continued his awe-inspiring play the following year by posting a roughly 30-point PPG average.

From there on out, it all went downhill.

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