And he ruled the court these past two weeks. There is no doubt.
Showcasing his talents as he cooly and matter of factly came from behind in the waning minutes night after night to knock off the stunned Bulls. You can feel his presence as you watch him play; the Bulls could feel his presence. He was like a shark circling. You kind of knew the game was never over even when Bulls had a lead of 10 or greater. A self fulfilled prophecy every night. They were going to win; there was no two ways about it.
His performance, his domination prompted Scottie Pippen to prematurely declare to the basketball nation: LeBron will make us all forget about MJ.
Personally, I was once a fan of this phenom, this force of nature, during his days with Cleveland. Like so many, we wanted to see him win. We cheered him on , We were on his side. Why the change? Why did the masses turn on him? The King of Cleveland betrayed his subjects, his fans near and far. It has to do with loyalty, loyalty to a team, loyalty to a city. We tend to turn on people who are not loyal. People who give up on us. People who get us excited about something, but then let us down when they put themselves first or don’t come through as promised or as we expected. He had won the hearts and minds of Cleveland and most other basketball fans across the country. But, he wanted his ring and he wanted it now. What is the rush? In today’s world, with today’s culture there is no delayed gratification. I want what I want and I want it now. Do we blame him? Realistically, he didn’t think he was going to win a championship any time soon in Cleveland. The writing was on the wall…time to move on? He had the luxury of choosing his path to the championship. He wanted to get there on his terms…sooner rather than later….
He is a once in a lifetime talent. Why can’t we be happy for him? Why the haters? I think most admired him when he was at Cleveland; a home town prodigy awakening a city where the hopes of a championship were along time coming.
Will we forgive him? Some will, some won’t. To the South Beach faithful there is no need to.. he is the King. He is royalty.
LeBron seems to be focused on the haters. Brings the topic up it seems almost daily, slightly ambivalent he protests that they (the Big Three) don’t care. They like that the fans dislike them. I think the King doth protests too much! He does care. It’s human nature to want to be liked. He wants to be idolized like Michael.
One thing is for sure, LeBron is on a mission. Playing with a chip on his shoulder…a jilted MVP? History teaches us (as does a smart second year Internal Medicine resident) that the best player in game in any particular year may not necessarily be crowned the MVP.
He took care of D-Rose and company, now on to Dirk, another formidable opponent. He will do it single handedly if he has to. The Mavs: a different style of play, one more obstacle to the crown. The King will not be denied.