NBA Free Agency: Teams Should Stay Away From LeBron James
A Matt Reed & Collin O’Brien Collaboration
The NBA Free Agency of Summer 2010 will shape the landscape of the NBA for the next decade.
There has never been a time in NBA history when this many elite players have been free agents.
Teams are using any means necessary to get these superstars to join their organization. Movie stars, music artists, and politicians are all being recruited by cities to help convince these all-stars to suit up for their home team.
There are a handful of free agents that could make a team an instant competitor for the NBA title. But there is one free agent who is the most coveted of them all.
Whichever team lands this superstar will be considered the grand prize winner of free agency summer 2010. They will immediately become favorites to win it all in 2011 and for the next several seasons.
Who is this player that can walk on water, make the blind see, and turn water into wine?
The two-time defending NBA Most Valuable Player is at the top of every team’s wish list. And why not?
The No. 1 overall pick in 2003 has averaged 27.8 PPG, 7 RPG, and 7APG in his first seven seasons in the league. This 6’8” 260lb small forward is a six-time NBA All-Star and is a complete mismatch on the court.
However, despite all of LeBron’s awards and accolades, NBA teams should stay away from him like the plague.
The BleacherReport staff could go on for days with reasons why NBA teams should not sign LeBron James, but we boiled it down to five.
Gloria James is what we like to call a cougar.
Mama James recently had a love affair with the ugliest man alive, Delonte West, who also happens to be her son’s teammate. Talk about an awkward situation.
Who does Mama James comfort first after a tough loss? Her son or her man?
Teams trying to sign LeBron need to worry about Mama James trying to rob the cradle once again. Although there is nothing technically wrong with Ms. James hooking up with one of her son’s teammates, it would be horrible for team chemistry and could divide the locker room.
NBA teams love LeBron James, but they don’t love his mom.
The Crab Dribble
UrbanDictionary.com's definition of the crab dribble:
“This is not really a dribble. It’s a hop step that you take to get an extra step on your defender, after the hop step you take two more steps, therefore it’s a travel. But if your first name is LeBron, it’s a nice play”
Only King James himself could come up with something this stupid and have people buy into it. It was a joke that NBA officials didn’t call it from the start.
LeBorn—for the final time, it’s not a crab dribble. It’s a travel.
The next thing LeBron will come up with is if he misses the final shot, he should get another chance at making it. And speaking of LeBron missing the final shot…
LeBron is NOT Clutch
As much as ESPN tires to convince you otherwise, LeBron is NOT a clutch player.
Great, he made that one shot against the Magic in ’09 that prevented the Cavs from getting swept, but where are the other buzzer beaters? Also did anyone see his reaction after making that shot?
When clutch players like Jordan, Bird, Kobe, Horry, and Fisher made game-winning shots, they would be excited but they would have a calm reserve about it. These players knew they were going to score because they had done it several times before.
After making the shot against the Magic, LeBron looked like he was going to cry because he couldn’t believe that the shot actually went in.
If I had to pick anyone to take the last three-point shot for my team, LeBron is only a few spots ahead of Dick Bavetta.
LeBron should never have a problem with his jump shots being contested because of his size, but why doesn’t he take more? The answer is that he is a fair shooter, at best.
LeBron would much rather take ten steps toward the basket and try to throw it down on his smaller opponent. And if he misses? You know there will be foul called and he will go to the charity stripe.
But when those foul calls magically disappear in the fourth quarter, LeBron has no backup plan to win the game.
Clutch does not mean just hitting the last shot. It also means showing up in big time games.
However, LeBron consistently disappears in the playoffs.
Look at the final game against Boston this year. In a game the Cavaliers had to have—in a game the prognosticators expected James to dominate—LeBron disappeared for almost an entire half, barely even handling the ball and managing only a few lackluster shots.
In LeBron’s only appearance in the NBA Finals, how many games did the Cavs win?
Zero. They got swept by the Spurs. It’s hard for me to believe that a “Clutch” player could not will his team to win AT LEAST one game.
“Big time players step up in big games”—Santana Moss.
LeBron James does not deliver when it matters the most.
LeBron is a Terrible Person
Time and time again LeBron has shown that he is a terrible teammate, spor,t and just generally not a good person.
After the Cavs struggled to contain the Orlando Magic’s scoring threats in the waning moments of the first two games of the first two games of the ‘09 series, LeBron offered a simple explanation, “I’m only one guy. If I could clone myself, we’d be alright”.
Sure, it was a joke, and one could argues that it was a valid point (God knows Cleveland wishes he could clone himself), but how do you think his teammates felt about it?
In that same series, LeBron took part in one of his favorite yearly traditions: leaving the court after losing a playoff series in his own special way. Rather than shaking hands and congratulating the victors, James stormed off the court ignoring his teammates, his competitors, and the media.
When asked days later why he refused to congratulate the Magic, LeBron offered this answer,
“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.”
No LeBron, that does not make you a competitor. It makes you a sore loser.
LeBron is an Egomaniac
No one on this planet has a bigger ego than LeBron James.
I could spend days listing all of LeBron’s diva moments (the issue with the tape of Jordan Crawford dunking on him, for instance), but there is one in particular that deserves the most attention.
Tonight on ESPN, LeBron has decided to organize an hour-long primetime special to announce where he will play basketball next season. The special has been titled “The Decision”.
You have got to be kidding me.
Who does this guy think he is?
No other NBA player would ever imagine doing something like this. Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kobe… none of them.
Every other athlete knows that a press conference, interview, or even a 140-character tweet is more than sufficient. Look at how Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh handled their business. For that matter, Kevin Durant just signed a max contract extension a year before his free agency even began.
If LeBron is not the center of attention and on the lips of every sports fan, he is upset. And the best part about this primetime special is that he is trying to come off as a philanthropist.
In an obvious P.R. move, LeBron demanded that all the money earned from commercials during the special be given to the Boys and Girls Club.
If LeBron cares that much about the Boys and Girls Club he should just get out his checkbook. He is trying to use this philanthropist stunt to hide the fact that he needs an hour of primetime television to announce where he is going to sign.
He just wants his ego stroked, and ESPN is oh so willing to do it.
Whichever team signs LeBron needs to realize that this spectacle is just the first of many he has planned for the future.
A Matt Reed & Collin O’Brien Collaboration