Today LeBron James chose the Miami Heat as his new team. He made his decision in my town of Greenwich, CT. This lead many people to believe that he was going to choose the New York Knicks or the New Jersey Nets who are both under an hour's drive from Greenwich.
I had to listen to people frantically talk about the close proximity of the King to their houses and how they were going to wait outside the Greenwich Boys & Girl's Club hopping to catch a glimpse of James.
Those of us who didn't stake out the Boys and Girl's Club were glued to our TV's, as we tried to identify which of our neighbors decided to wait for the King in the humidity.
After witnessing the television coverage, I kind of wish I had gone in person. But that's just the Greenwich perspective
ESPN has been known to make a big deal out of things but this was too much. The coverage felt as if we were waiting for the white smoke in Vatican City to show us that a new Pope had been elected.
We were told that the decision was to be announced within the first ten minutes of the broadcast. I doubt many of us actually believed that but we were forced to listen to the SportsCenter commentators repeat themselves about how their "sources" were telling them he was to pick the Heat.
This might have been okay had it not been the focal point of the entire channel for as long as free agency has been going on. The mini interview before The Decision (capitalized in reverence to The King) was made was even more unbearable.
I made a list of events that seem trivial in comparison to what went on this evening
- The return of Jesus (assuming LeBron is not Him already)
- A cure for cancer
- Outbreak of World War 3
- Proof of extraterrestrial life
- Toy Story 4
We all know that LeBron James is an incredible basketball player. He also is a 25-year-old with no rings on his fingers. He hasn't been around long enough to be called the best there ever was nor does he have the qualifications.
I don't blame him for leaving Cleveland. The city is cold and boring and he consistently came up short there. Though it's hard to say he's better off in Miami right now which barely has enough people on its roster to field a team.
Yet that could easily be mistaken judging by ESPN's coverage. Dwyane Wade actually has a ring yet he didn't feel the need to announce his decision in primetime with an extensive camera crew and Michael Wilbon foaming at the mouth.
Basketball is not a sport where modesty can be commonly found amongst its stars. But LeBron's ego has already skyrocketed to the top of the chain and he isn't quite close to the all time greats.
Could you imagine Michael Jordan behaving like this at the age of 25? He didn't have any rings yet but he also didn't have a cable sports channel dedicated to his existence.
Maybe James can still learn a thing or two from the man he is so often compared to.