Child’s Play: Lebron James’ Maturity, or Lack There Of

May 12th, 2010 by Austin Schindel Leave a reply »
In all my time watching Lebron James play, never before did I see him as the doe-eyed kid that he looked like last night in Game Five.  Upon arrival into the professional game in 2003, James was instantly assigned the savior of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a "King" that would be the eventual successor to Michael Jordan’s thrown as the greatest to ever play the game.

While young men his age were making life altering decision as to where they would pursue their higher education, or what branch of the military to join, James had the honor or deciding what his first Nike shoe would look like.

For Lebron, there was no time for him to grow up. He had to learn on the job from players that he could not relate with, because none of them were prodigies like him. Kobe had Shaq, Jordan had a far superior coach in Phil Jackson, and Duncan had "The Admiral" David Robinson.

So why would we be surprised by any of the antics that Lebron has pulled in the past? Between the video that he hid of him being dunked on by Jordan Crawford, to not shaking hands after his Game 6 loss to the Magic a year ago, to dancing on the sidelines during a game, ...

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