LeBron James and Chris Bosh: The Ugly, Selfish Side of Sports, Part Two

August 22nd, 2010 by Nathan Cole Leave a reply »
The Cleveland fans waited with hushed expectations, ready to burst out in joy as their hero announced that he would be returning to bring glory to their city.  He couldn't possibly announce a one-hour television decision special on ESPN only to snub the city that was basically his hometown.  Could he?

When LeBron James proclaimed he would be "bringing his talents to South Beach" live on the ESPN special, he reached a new level of narcissism that is unfortunately all too common in the world of professional sports.  Self-absorption, enormous contracts, and even delusional behaviour is nothing new in sports, so it shouldn't have been unexpected that James would seek this level of publicity with his signing. 

Nonetheless, it was disappointing.

As a player that some were touting as the heir to the Michael Jordan throne; James seemed to take the easy way out on building a legacy for himself.  Instead of sticking with his own team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, he joined Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat.  This in effect makes him a complimentary player to Wade, rather than the leader of his own team.

Also, with Wade bringing ...

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