LeBron James and the Five Books of the Cowardly King

Bhemis ParksAnalyst IJuly 13, 2010

LeBron James and the Five Books of the Cowardly King

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    On Friday, with a new fan base basking in what was coined "The Decision.” LeBron James stood front stage for Miami Heat fans and the basket ball world. With his arms spread, head held high and finally with peace of mind.

    The image was strikingly eerie in the way it resembled a painting of the Biblical savior [Jesus Christ] being crucified, before all those that either loved or hated him. Shame on James, he even had the nerve to sport his signature headband as a crucifix of sorts?

    No, not shame on his part, but definitely on anyone thinking so. Anyone willing to put this much faith in an athlete…if only this breed of basketball fan could pay as much attention to all its homeless brothers and sisters.

    I guess we all realized how mixed up we fans have our priorities. But back to basketball, I don't want to steer you away, not before you learn an important lesson on basketball, as well as life.

    On Thursday night, before a live televised prime time audience. LeBron James announced his decision to leave his home state, and its basketball organization.

    His persecution could now begin.

    He had done the unbelievable, and in doing so, he displayed the ultimate sacrifice of self, in regards to sports of course. The sacrifice of ego, not everyone can turn away from self.

    The manner of which the decision was announced was like none ever before. But isn't that the reason so many came to idolize LeBron James? For doing what he's always done, the unthinkable, the unbelievable? James somehow went from basketball god, to basketball monster.

    As a nation of fans, we sure can be extremely hypocritical when it's convenient. We sure can be pretty idiotic with our logic and reason. 

    We sure can be every bit the LeBron James.

Genesis: In the Beginning We Created LeBron and His Ego

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    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.

Exodus: And There Went a Child of Cleveland, to Become a Man of Miami

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    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 were 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 reality?

    And to think, somewhere Kobe is mad as hell, because he knows that his legacy is affected more by the “Decision” 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.

Deuteronomy: LeBron Shalt Succeed and Win in the Place We Deem Worthy

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    The ignorance in thinking the Miami trio is somehow cheating the game, is just a big pile of you know what. Every one of us has toyed with the idea of assembling the greatest players on one team. Heck, most of us embark on such endeavors through video games.

    James chose to make his dream a reality. Who are we to set limitations on how he proceeds to walk in life? Oh yeah, we're God, and he's our creation, to mold as we so choose.

    Poor LeBron, he has got to be feeling like everyone is in control of him but him. Well maybe not really, he proved to all of us that he's in the driver seat. He proved that he alone will say what will be.

    So the boy has finally stepped up and become a man?

    It's amazing. So many of us are taught to follow our hearts and do what makes us happy. So long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. Yet we are quick to be hypocritical of it when James, and players of his caliber, do things that don't fall in line with what we wish.

    What a fine line players must walk, in a game that depends so much on fan fare. Fans put so much energy and emotion into creating these god like figures. How dare James and his peers dare go against our wishes? How dare they break so many hearts?

    Easy!

    It isn't a game of emotion. It's a game of business. Maybe the problem lies with the fan and not the player. Maybe the problem lies with focusing on something as unimportant as basketball, especially when the world is filled with so many other, more pressing needs. Poverty is the first that comes to mind.

    James does not belong to us, and we don't belong to him. Yet, we are one and the same. He is our brother, our son, and our gift of enjoyment.

    We should accept his decision by simply wishing him a fulfilling journey. To not do so is to be selfish. Ironically, that's the same label we want to place on him.

Acts: In Coming Together, So Broke the Bondage of the Jordan Blue Print

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    James was supposed to fall in line with the format that Jordan had so brilliantly laid out before him. Kobe did, he even attempted to follow Jordan's demeanor and manner on the court, as unsuccessful as it was.

    Still, the point being, Kobe followed it to the-T. And for it, we raved about him, and then doubted him, and finally we all agreed that it was okay to idolize Bryant in the most reverend of ways. James was on his way also, well up until his decision made July 8, 2010 that is. James had done everything we required of him.

    Capture our imagination as a young athletic teen...Check!

    Place statistics over teammates and winning to some degree... Check!

    Dominate the NBA from a perimeter position...Check!

    Bask in the idolization of the media as they deem you without peer...Check!

    Invoke fans belief you can score at will, while somehow ending up as every other player not hosting the NBA champions’ trophy at the end of the season...Check!

    Wait for your employer to find the proper player to compliment your skills, and demeanor, and then go out and capture a NBA-title...Negative!

    One might say James was absent the day of that last lesson. Others might say he was intelligent enough to bypass it all together. Which ever the case, he made the right call.

    We ought to be thanking him for ushering in a new era. Finally, someone has said I don't want to be like Mike.

    Think about that for a second, and please don't be brief with it!

    Now how many players have we witnessed fall short following the Jordan blue-print to greatness? I'd wager everyone that we ever were dumb enough to compare to him.

    James, every bit as egotistical as any of us, balled up the Jordan blue-print and chose to become a pioneer of sort. Along with his fellow architects [Wade and Bosh], decided to create a new blue-print.

    Instead of waiting on a front-office to give them what they needed, they went out and got the job done on their own. Leaving $50 million dollars on the table and tons of statistics on the table in doing so.

    Shame on him and his counterparts for taking their legacy, and molding it as they saw fit. Shame on them for spitting on our God-like-complex.

Revelation: When He Spoke His decision, There Was a Silence in Cleveland

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    Shame on James for sacrificing a more glorified legacy, or is it letting go of his ego?
    Shame on him for not doing what we deem to be his best route to greatness?
    Shame on him for not allowing us to dictate how he go about winning?

    Hardly I say, to you self-serving hypocrites.

    James decision was honest, correct, and ego-less. His decision was fair to the one party it needed to be, LeBron James himself.

    The NBA brand is what it has always been. It is a business first and last. How dare anyone attempt to make it anymore than what it has always been, what it will always be?

    James mad a business decision to go to a work-place that he felt would lead to a more fulfilling career. I'd wager that everyone of his critics would leave their present employer if presented an opportunity to work for similar pay, and a more stress-free environment.

    How many do us would have made the same choice? One, ten, a hundred, how about anyone with half a brain, and wasn't pronounced clinically insane?

    The notion that there is loyalty in sports is silly and immature thinking. And if there was such a thing, what would be it's duration of existence? How does one measure such a thing?

    In regards to sports, because that's what we're talking about; even though some seem to want to dismiss that all together. The length of loyalty would be as far as the present moment exceeds...let that soak in for a second.

    In sports, loyalty is nothing more than a athlete finding a comfort level with a city and it's fans. James clearly lost his comfort level with the Cleveland franchise, regardless of the reason(s). And as simple as that, his loyalty had reached it's expiration date. After all, everything must come to a end. Nomatter how great in nature it might seem.

    Here's the passages that inspired me to write this article. I found it to be very poetic, and very much a reflection of this circus that has been labeled the Decision.

    (Revelation: 2:03 and 2:04)

    "And hast bourne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted."

    "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love."

    How befitting is that? Makes one believe that his decision was just. Makes one believe that his decision was right. So who are we to pass judgments?

    I know, and keep forgetting. We're God? Or maybe we wish we were? Be careful, it is a sin to do so.

    But we don't care, it's not convenient being rational right now .

    Some big jerk of a basketball player just broke our hearts.

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