by Eduardo Saldana
Hate LeBron James but like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant? Well congrats, you’re a hypocrite.
People have been criticizing James since he went on TV to break Cleveland’s heart, and with good reason. However, in an interview with ESPN, James admitted that “The Decision” was a mistake.
But to fans, saying he was wrong is not enough.
“The guy is a flopper, and get’s all the calls,” they say.
Where were you when Bryant flops, or when Jordan received the benefit of the doubt from the referees throughout his career?
“Well his attitude stinks.”
How about you go to the library and pick up “The Jordan Rules” by longtime Bulls writer Sam Smith, and also, feel free to read up on Bryant’s sexual assault case.
Jordan was always known to be hard on his teammates, and former Bulls player Steve Kerr told Dan Patrick on his show that Jordan punched him in practice one day. Punched him. In the face. Yet here we are complaining that James lied to the fans in Cleveland. Am I supposed to believe that what James did was worse than somebody punching his own teammate?
Or how about Bryant’s sexual assault case? The case was settled, and the accuser ran away with an unconfirmed amount of money according to USA Today. Key word settled, as in, “I did something wrong so I’ll give you a certain amount of money to make this all go away.” I’m sure Bryant’s wife was upset at the situation, but anything can be cured with a 4 million dollar ring. You buy your wife something of that stature cements your guilt.
But again, “The Decision” was worse. Please.
“That’s all fair, but LeBron showed that he can’t win it by himself.”
You must not know a damn thing about the game. Go back and look up some of the best teams to ever play basketball.
Jordan’s Bulls: Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc.
Magic Johnson’s Lakers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott.
Larry Bird’s Celtics: Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge, Bill Walton.
Also, did you know that NBA Legend Clyde Drexler left the Blazers to win a championship with Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets? Was he ripped for it?
It takes a team to win championships, and the all-time greats have all had excellent teammates to help them win it all. James is no different.
There seems to be an agenda that James is the devil re-incarnated and he should be reprimanded for whatever he chooses to do, but according to those same people, Jordan and Bryant are angels that should be put on a pedestal.
We fans are guilty of selective amnesia, but it’s time to face the truth.
Research, because making uninformed comments makes us all look like idiots.
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