Lucky To Have LeBron James: A Cautionary Tale for NBA Fans

July 1st, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
I’ve had little to say in recent weeks about LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, partly because others have had so much to say.

What I will say is this: Cleveland has been lucky to have LeBron James for these past seven years, and would be fortunate to have him stay with the team.

If he leaves for another team this summer, Cleveland will still have been better off for having had him wearing the wine and gold. If he leaves for another team, that franchise will be the new lucky one.

To hear some tell it, however, James is either overrated, a choker, arrogant, selfish, or potentially the worst traitor since Benedict Arnold.

I’m not sure when or why, exactly, the culture of mocking and hate began to overtake the world of sports. Maybe it dates back to the days of the gladiators.

Imagine the complaints of a disgruntled Roman citizen as he filed out of the Colisseum on a warm summer afternoon: “That Euripides, he’s no gladiator! He lacks the killer instinct.”

Or the taunts of unimpressed onlookers at the first Olympiad: “Ulysses, what a joke. He clearly doesn’t have the ...

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