Today on my radio it's LeBron, LeBron, LeBron. Why I don't know.
Here's a guy that's won exactly no championships of any real value.
I know, I know. He got that big time Ohio State High School Championship. Woowee! That puts the Prince right up there with the Girl's Softball Team from my high school. They hoisted one of those big boy State Championship trophies over their heads, too.
Thing is, I like a player who wins something before they proclaim greatness. Or at the very least doesn't flame out twice in two years. The guy looked like a deer in the headlights against Orlando in 2009 and he straight up quit last year against the Celtics.
Compare that to what we saw from Spain's Carles Puyols in yesterday's World Cup semi-final. He missed a great chance in the first half—a shot he really should have connected on. But instead of pouting about it, he came back in the second half and headed in the winner.
He had to push teammate Gerard Pique out of the way to get to the ball, but when he got his head on it there was no doubt about the result. He did it with determination and flair.
Oh, and by the way. Puyols plays defense. Great defense. Something else LeBron isn't very good at.
Yeah, I know. He's getting better. But he still has a long way to go to be Kobe or Michael who were both lock-down defenders in their prime and able to still make a difference in their 30's. By the time LeBron gets the hang of defense he'll be too old to do it on a regular basis.
I know it sounds like I'm bashing Le Petit Prince. I am. But I'm also blasting away at America's sporting press. Because I don't think they get it.
The reason sports are so popular all over the world. The reason people all over the world will be riveted to televisions all over the world on Sunday. Is because sports, unlike so many things in life, are settled on the field.
There might be a bad reffing decision, there might be injuries to top players, and there can even be a little political intrigue thrown in every now and then. But basically, a team that plays hard and gives it their all can often overcome all of those hardships and win the big game.
The highly favored Brazilians can be knocked out in the round of eight at the World Cup and the aging, thought-to-be-over-the-hill Boston Celtics can knock out the Cavsand the Magic in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
That's what makes sports great. That's why they inspire us.
Prince LeBron and his handlers don't seem to get that point. That's why I don't care what he does in the future. And why I doubt he'll ever be a big time winner.
He may go to Miami and get a ring as DWade's wing-man. That's not a winner. That's Scottie Pippen.
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