Lebron James: Nothing to Be Surprised About

Ralph SarkisContributor IApril 26, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 21:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a play against the Detroit Pistons in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 21, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 94-82, taking a 2-0 series lead. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Lebron James has gotten, I believe, almost enough recognition as the greatest player today, yet I think that the guy they call the king and the chosen one deserves even more respect from the league.

This monster of a player hit the league by storm with a huge rookie season averaging 20 points, five rebounds, and just under six assists with 5.9. A start like that left everyone not only in Cleveland but all over the NBA wondering how high this kid from high school can fly.

Since then the “Chosen One” never landed. He has done things like lead a talent-lacking Cavs team to the NBA finals. He has also celebrated two NBA All-Star game MVP titles.

He has been named to the all NBA team twice and is now setting the tone for his Cavs to win a title by being a great court general with 38 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds. He has made all NBA fans, regardless of their favorite teams, nothing but witnesses to what he can do.

He has graced the court with performances that no one may have expected this early in his NBA career. One that many will never forget is when he single-handedly defeated the then "top-dog" Detroit Pistons, headlined with an outstanding game five performance scoring Cleveland’s last 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

In contrast to what many people may think, Lebron James is not a scorer. Scorers are people like Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and even Paul Pierce, last year’s finals MVP. No no no, James is much more valuable than your everyday scorer, he is the team.  He is the rebounder, defender, passer, and scorer that everyone is scared to face.

With all this said, many people compare Kobe to Lebron, and I think there shouldn’t be a doubt that Lebron is the better player because 10 out of 10 times in a tied game with seconds left, Kobe will be taking the shot.

On the other hand being a great floor general Lebron will probably take it eight out of those times, simply because he makes everyone around him better, and he gives them confidence. He’s given people like Delonte West and Damon Jones a chance to win the game for the Cavs.

Lebron has many of the same qualities today's NBA greats have. He has Kevin Garnett’s leadership and way of teaching through being an example. He also has Nash’s great talent of taking on the passing role for the Cavs.

Lebron also expresses a Jordan like mentality where he thrives in big games and has no trouble taking the scoring load for the team. With all of this, Lebron James expresses great respect to all people around him.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a player, coach, or referee, Lebron James gives everyone their respect. And if you still didn’t understand the message Lebron is sending, it's plain and simple.

He is the future of the league, and no one is going to top him for years to come. Lebron James is having one of his best season, so please don’t be surprised when he is named, and rightfully so, this season’s MVP.


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