The 25-year-old was a NBA brand before he ever wore an NBA uniform. Talk about having pressure from the word "go".
Before LeBron James made his incredibly courageous decision to sacrifice his ego, and give up his own self-promoting circus. He was widely regarded by most fans and basketball analyst as the NBA crème-de-la-crème. Basketballs greatest one man show. Swift, agile, strong, and powerful, the NBA version of a world-class gymnast.
One of three players that are constantly referenced as the best basketball player on the planet, and arguably the NBA most popular one. LeBron James represented change, hope, and freedom.
Freedom of the tyrant that Kobe Bryant had become, as he pushed Shaquille O'Neal out of LA, in pursuit of his own self-serving ego trip. Yet, all that is now forgotten because we choose to view Kobe in a different light...key word being "choose" of course.
LeBron James could do no wrong in most folk’s eyes. He was the future of the NBA and we saw fit to make sure that he knew it. We made sure every arena was packed when he visited, we brought every item he backed, and we plastered him on every visible platform possible.
We did that...We!
We did this because James rewarded us with what we coveted most; an idol. He was some one to fantasize about, and live our dreams of being a global icon. But most importantly, someone to match or surpass the dominance of Michael Jordan.
James never disappointed us either, always putting on a brilliant spectacle of individual dominance. Well, almost always, up until the Boston series of these past playoffs, where he played through an injured elbow.
Somehow the praise of that act has been flipped into him being labeled a quitter. I guess people can't help themselves in regards to idiotic-hypocritical rants.
Before the series against Boston, very few dared question his effort and intent while playing the game. After all, he was our King. The goal of the King was always clear, always just. King LeBron James came to win, nothing more, and nothing less.
Do remember that it was the media that built James up as the chosen one. As he seemingly with ease, shattered NBA record after record. Most was all too eager to crown him heir to the Jordan crown; greatest player ever was his destination.
He was to be the first man in the history of team athletics to win a championship title all by himself. Again, we couldn't help ourselves with the lack of using logic in our statements and beliefs of what was possible.
We ignored the fact that an equally talented and skilled peer of his, from his very own draft class no-doubt, had already won a title and given basketball just as many brilliant performances as he. Yet, like always in life, irony rears its ugly head.
Yes, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are now teammates. How is that for a taste of irony?
And to think, somewhere Kobe is mad as hell, because he knows that his legacy is affected more than that of James. James has now assured himself; with almost certainty that he will finish with at least six NBA titles. The same future is not as guaranteed for one Kobe Bryant.
Again, I don't want to steer you away, so let's stay on topic.
Understand this...though James never appeared to shy away from all the glamorous admiration he received, some of which came without merit. He never actually physically asked for it neither. Let that settle with those self-righteous ideas of yours.
LeBron James only did what he said he was born to do; play basketball.
Yet somehow he is being labeled a villain for wanting to do it else where and with a different caliber of teammate. Explain the logic in that line of thinking.
Like we always do, without fail, and in a sentiment that has become the staple of our generation as fans, and sports analyst. We attempt to destroy what we can't control, all in the name of burying our past mistakes.
The mistake of idolizing athletes. Truly pathetic are we. Our forefathers would be extremely disappointed.
Our gods, for those who believe in that kind of thing, can’t be to please either. They reserve the rights to receive all our worshipping.
Now the kid 25-year-old, built up as the chosen-one; our very own self-created savior. Has sacrificed himself, in the name of our greatest sin; Idealism.
Yet he isn't our savior, and he definitely isn't any kind of a villain. But he is what we created, and thus we shall forever mold him into whatever we deem fit.
No worry on this end, we will love him once again.