NHL: Why It’s Better off Without a LeBron James-Sized Ego

July 8th, 2011 by Franklin Steele Leave a reply »
I'm going to go on the record here and say that I am not a basketball fan. I don't care about the NBA.

The reasons for that are simple ones, and I am reminded of them every time I accidentally catch some pro basketball playoff game on television at a sports bar.

This is what I saw the last time I watched a game, and that was enough basketball for me.

But the recent—excuse me, most recent—Dunkgate, featuring LeBron James hammering into a kid during a game of knockout at his youth training camp just brings one thought to the forefront of my mind.

I'm so glad the NHL doesn't have a face that is actually a heel. Read: I am so glad that pro-hockey doesn't have a star player like LeBron James. Because every time I see crap like this I am thankful to have Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and even Alexander Ovechkin leading the charge for the NHL.

Crosby used to have the reputation for being a diver. I realize that, but it's actually a perfect example of the differences between the NBA and the NHL. There is no quicker way to end up on the media's bad side than to dive, or to embellish or fake injuries.

Don Cherry, love him or hate him ...

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