LeBron James: We Should Have Known Then!

Vincent HeckCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2010

If you're having doubts about a heavy loyalty decision, perhaps, you're debating whether to propose to your high school sweetheart and reward him or her with your commitment for the rest of your life—my advice is, don't ask LeBron James for his opinion.

I know, I’m  late. Hundreds upon thousands of journalists have done this story, but, I just couldn’t help it. I have to do this.

In case anyone cares, I'm not very fond of LeBron James.

Of course, I try to draft him first in my fantasy leagues. Yes, I will be watching all 82 of the Miami Heat's games next year. Sure, every now and then I'll play with LeBron in the slam dunk competition on PS3—your point is?

He's good, yes. But he is not likable. His attitude is disrespectful to the game you love. In an attempt to change the face of basketball in an iconic, Michael Jordan, type of way, he has essentially cheapened the atmosphere of the sport.

It was reported, a while back, that James encouraged Chris Paul on Paul's Twitter account Thursday to, "Do what's best" for his family, apparently supporting Paul's doubts about staying in New Orleans. Yes, the same city that has grown attached to Paul in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Paul's family is just fine. It's not like his family is starving on his $14,940,153 contract.

James seems to bring this new school vibe to the NBA, in a debased society where if you don't like what you’ve got—get a new one. His recent actions mirror the actions of a rich, spoiled, child demanding attention and praise.

What ever happened to the sentimental loyalty displayed by players such as Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, and heck, at this point, Kobe Bryant?

True, Bryant threatened to be traded a few seasons ago. But, clearly, the way this 2010 off-season has been handled by James, and his "Decision", surpasses any trade demand. It does so for a few reasons.

The key reason is because of the arrogance he showed during the whole process, including calling for a television special. Not just a television special, however, a television special with a list of demands down to the request of a specific reporter. Who does that?

Another reason is his nonchalant attitude in leaving the city of Cleveland behind. A city he was currently building a legacy in. Can you imagine if he would have done that to a city like Philadelphia or New York? He'd be run out of the NBA.

LeBron's priorities are clearly out of order. Sure, there is a good chance he will win a championship or two—probably more—but, his legacy, is forever diminished to a single event:

LeBron, the native Ohio man, the New York Yankees fan, the Dallas Cowboys fan, the front-runner--the cop out.