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Clarksville, TN – LeBron James didn’t take steroids.
He didn’t kill any dogs, or people, for that matter.
Come to think of it, I don’t think he’s ever been featured on TMZ, Access Hollywood or Entertainment Tonight for anything scandalous. His mom has, for an allege affair she had with one of his teammates and some say that was the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ in terms of him making ‘The Decision” to leave.And by all accounts he’s a great father, been dating the same woman for years and is now engaged to her. Don’t bark that it took him so long, Gene Simmons is just now getting hitched!
Admittedly, he didn’t help himself by not winning the NBA Championship last year and not playing well during those NBA Finals, but he got there and that says a lot.
Let’s be honest, for every Kevin Garnett that moves to a new team and wins a championship in the first year, there’s a Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Richard Jefferson that doesn’t.
Then there were those who said he turned his back on his hometown of Akron … by leaving the Cleveland Cavilers. Yes, Akron is a in the shadow of the former “Mistake by the Lake”, but saying he was from Cleveland is like saying Trenton Hassell is from Nashville, TN.
Don’t forget his former owner Dan Gilbert who said in his “open” letter last year to “All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight”, that began, “As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.”
“This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment. “
That included this proclamation: “In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”
And this one, “This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.”
We all know that loyalty doesn’t go both ways in sports anymore. As soon as a team sees you can’t get it done anymore, they ship you off.
And isn’t it the American Way to be able to choose where you want to live, how you want to live, play, work, and especially in this case when he was a free agent, bound to no one.
Heck, you’ve got to give him credit for choosing both the money and the chance to win a championship. How many times do athletes, and rightfully so, chase the money over a ring?
Sure, “The Decision” for many was a bone of contention. But this is one of those where you have to do a little leg work, because the original idea was Jim Gray’s and that the main reason he did it was because all the proceeds, $6 million, were going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Or is he such a horrible guy for making sure something benefited from a show he and ESPN knew a lot of people were going to watch anyway?
Lastly, at a prep rally, introducing a team that was put together to win championships by the way, would you want your superstar to say, “We’re going to try hard and do our best and never give up and never surrender.”
No you want him to say, “We’re going to win not any at all and thank you for coming!”
Well, LeBron James just did win his first NBA Championship and I’m for one am certainly happy he did. I know now that everyone, including most haters, even Mr. Gilbert, tendered their congratulations for King James’ accomplishment.
For some reason though, I get the feeling we may think of him more as a prophet in oh let’s say about seven or eight years from now.
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years. In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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