Who Will Go Down As Our Generation’s NBA Hero?

July 10th, 2010 by Ashwath Krishna Leave a reply »
I turn 20 this August. I've been watching the NBA pretty much since I came out of the womb.

I'm old enough to remember bits of Michael Jordan's second three peat, particularly the 1998 Finals series against the Jazz.

I remember more of the Kobe-Shaq tandem in LA and how it blew up. Given that I always thought Shaq was cool, I was soured on Kobe from there. The rape stuff just sealed it.

And I remember LeBron entering the league above all. I remember watching him play and thinking, "man, this guy's gonna be it." Having grown up on tales of Jordan from my older brothers, I finally had a response. Vince Carter and Allen Iverson weren't gonna be it, but finally my generation had our own gregarious, larger than life basketball superstar.

Until 11:30am on the 9th of July, 2010 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). 

It was at that moment, when LeBron announced he was going to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh down at the Miami Heat, that I realised once and for all he would never be that trans-generational superstar that I had believed he would be.

Sure, he's still a great player. Down in Miami with Wade and Bosh, he ...

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