Just Saying, Is All… | Why I Pray to LeBron James Instead of Michael Jordan

December 24th, 2009 by Ryan Alberti Leave a reply »
Second Comings are overrated.

LeBron James isn’t Michael Jordan. He also isn’t bothered by it. Try as he might, James will never match the mystique of the Legend That Was—which would be worse news if he weren’t so comfortable playing the part of the Hero That Is.

Imitation means living in the shadow of your predecessors.

Maturation, on the other hand, means lighting the way for your peers.

I’m not exactly preaching the Gospel According to James. Real winners wear championship rings, and LeBron has a few trophies to go before he cements his status among the all-time greats. But let’s at least give credit where it’s due. In a league where every superstar is measured against someone else’s shoe contract, you’ve got to admire a guy who’s content to fill his own sneakers.

You can’t blaze a trail with another man’s torch.

You can’t be yourself in another man’s jersey.

If there’s a lesson in LeBron’s proposed number change, it’s simply that he’s finally starting to outgrow his hand-me-down persona.

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