LeBron James: A Crown-less King

May 14th, 2010 by Bryan Flynn Leave a reply »
More than any other sports league, the NBA relishes the torch being handed from one superstar to the next.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in the 1980 passed the torch Michael Jordan in the 1990s. After Jordan retired the second time, there was a scramble by the NBA and the media to anoint the next Jordan.

Several players were given the mantel, most notably Jerry Stackhouse and Vince Carter. Neither player lived up to the high expectations.

One player finally did rise up and take the torch from Jordan, although Kobe Bryant never fully reached the heights that Jordan did in public affection. Bryant did accomplish what the NBA’s top star is supposed to do—win championships.

As Kobe, also straight out of high school into the pros, enters what could be the twilight of his career, who will take the torch from him? One came into the league eight years after Bryant and with all the hype to reach out and take the touch from him.

He came into the public’s consciousness while he was still only a sophomore in high school. And LeBron James was greeted by the American public with all the pomp and circumstance of an uncro ...

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