LeBron James: Hero or Villain?

July 27th, 2010 by Paolo Ruiz Leave a reply »
As bizarre as it sounds, LeBron James and President Barack Obama do have a few things in common, other than their love for basketball.

Both have carried expectations to bring about major changes in their respective spheres of influence.

LeBron is the human stimulus package after all, an economic shot of adrenaline for a region, something that President Obama has yet to find for the nation as a whole.

In some form, both men have also been looked to as saviors. It’s even possible to imagine that if LeBron had chosen to stay in Cleveland, he might one day have become governor of Ohio.

Picture it: on July 8, 2010, a smiling LeBron announces, via a local press conference, that he will be staying with his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cheers erupt across the city. That’s not what happened, of course. But just pretend—pretend that, years down the road, LeBron eventually brought a championship to title-starved Cleveland.

How adored would LeBron have been there?

Just imagine the parade through downtown. LeBron posing for a photo op under his giant Nike banner, arms outstretched as ...

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