LeBron, Shaq and the Cavs Need to Cut the Chatter—the Time to Win Is Now

November 28th, 2009 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
I really feel for Magic Johnson today.

The poor guy had to begin and end his career in Los Angeles. Before he even had a chance to dazzle a crowd at the old Forum in Inglewood, Magic had to resign himself to life with a legendary center in the middle. Darn that Kareem.

Magic also had to share backcourt time with Norm Nixon, and then Michael Cooper. He had to pass the ball to Jamal Wilkes, and later to James Worthy. The Lakers eventually had the nerve to acquire Bob McAdoo, one of the league’s all-time best scorers.

It had to be a nightmare for somebody who had always been The Man during his youth. Share, share, share. What were the Lakers thinking? So what if they won five championships during his career there? It’s the team we remember, not just him. Poor Magic.

Likewise, I really feel for LeBron James today.

Poor guy has the world by the tail. Worth millions. Big house. Block-long mural of himself hanging in downtown Cleveland. All those shoes. It’s a rough life, but someone has to live it.

Now he, too, has to contemplate life with a legendary center in the middle, and it has to be rough. Ko ...

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