King James? I'm Not Impressed

Bryan MortonContributor IMay 23, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 22:  LeBron James #23 and Sasha Pavlovic #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after James made the game winning three pointer against the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 22, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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)

Dear NBA fans,

What a time we live in when people marvel at a shot that, while it was a game winner, simply won game two of a best-of-seven series.

Did LBJ's shot win a title? No. Did his shot guarantee a championship? No. Was it a series-ending game 7 shot? No, it was not.

It was just another shot that could have been made by any three-point shooter on the Cavaliers' roster. This shot just happened to have been made by the reigning NBA MVP, but that doesn't make it historic.

Where was all the hoopla when Delonte West made a game-winning shot against the Wizards in April? Furthermore, why have NBA fans, advertising companies, and everyone else been touting a Kobe vs. LBJ finals?

Both series are tied at 1-1 and neither of the "expected-to-win" teams seems to be on a roll. It seems today that we "manufacture" heroes and historic events more often than they truly happen.

I beg of thee, noble sports fans...just let the game be played and shake it all out at the end. Don't build someone up to be great before greatness has been achieved. Don't anticipate a championship series that has yet to be clinched.

Don't get me wrong, I believe LeBron James is a phenomenal talent and I'm glad the Cavalier fans have something to cheer about. Let's just get to the championship before we start proclaiming one shot as "historic."


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