Welcome to the era of LeBron. If you thought he was doing the game a disservice by being a sore loser and egomaniac, you haven’t seen anything yet. It wasn’t enough that he decided to become a pariah, he and his group of cronies have decided they want to ruin the NBA.
How? By systematically turning every superstar in the NBA into LeBron James. They are trying to turn them into spoiled, delusional, lying, quitting cowards.
Two of the biggest stories this offseason have been the drama in Denver and New Orleans. Both players, for whatever reasons, have decided that they no longer want to be the cornerstone of a franchise. Before the summer of Lebron, neither had really been asking to get out of their situations. So what is the common thread here? Well, both are represented by agent Leon Rose. Who else is represented by Rose? Why Mr. James, of course.
So why am I blaming Bron-Bron for that? Shouldn't I be blaming the agent? Well, let’s look at the rest of his clients. They include: Andrea Bargnani, Richard Hamilton and Allen Iverson. Who has suddenly decided that they need to switch franchises? Only ‘Melo, CP3 and James. Maybe Rose has been trying to convince people to force moves but LeBron was the first person dense enough to follow his advice.
Another trend that LeBron started was the “Big 3″ who are all in their prime. Do not let the Miami fans fool you, this is a terrible thing. These players aren’t good enough to win with complimentary talent, they have to stack the deck so they have a shot to win. I’ve heard some say that this will be good for the league. This shows the other players that they should sacrifice money and stats to win. Wrong. What this move signals is the end of competitive balance and ushers in a new “rich get richer, poor get poorer” era. Since this formation a lot of former players have come forward and said they would have never done something like this. Can you imagine how horrible the NBA would have been had all those guys teamed up to win hollow championships? If you can imagine that, then brace yourself for the next generation.
This isn’t about the Heat winning a couple of titles. This also isn’t about me disliking James’ attitude. This is about the fact that the best players aren’t trying to be the best anymore. They want to play with the best, instead of being the best. How will the NBA handle this situation? Will they introduce a harsher luxury tax to discourage this? The polarizing of talent in the NBA will be very tough on small market teams. They simply won’t have the money to compete in this crazy arms race for not one, but three franchise players.
LeBron James deserves all the criticisms he’s received and then some. His “Decision” made a mockery of the NBA. The Heat having that faux-concert drew comparisons to professional wrestling. Charles Barkley has gone on record calling LeBron a punk. Skip Bayless has said he isn’t clutch. He’s been called delusional and out of touch after his GQ article. He’s gotten ignored by his former “friend” Jay-Z. He’s been moving behind the scenes to ruin other player’s brand and destroy franchises.
I think I’ll side with Chuck on this one, Mr. James is a punk, no matter what team you root for.