Monday, June 1, 2009

King James? Try Spoiled Princess James!

The Orlando Magic didn't have a chance against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Susan Boyle was a shoo-in to win "Britain's Got Talent."

Kris Allen was a long shot in an "American Idol" final with Adam Lambert.

Rafael Nadal is a Slam Dunk to win the French Open.

But Boyle was "incredibly gracious" in defeat,

Adam Lambert was also a class act in defeat

Nadal was a class in his defeat against an opponent he did not like at all

And King LeBron showed he was just Spoiled Princess James in his defeat.

James showed he is no better than these So Called World Class Athletes

We are in a period of sports where many of our athletes and even the media that covers them
are so self centered and are so "me-me" or "us-us" when talking about what happened.
Lebron has been promoted as the new face of the NBA and today's dominate athlete of all of sports. He works hard, plays hard and has always been willing to talk to the media as things were good, but the mark of real class and leadership is how you handle yourself in defeat.
LaBron failed this test as bad as anyone can do. It is one thing not to shake hands right after the game, but He should had faced the media and answered every question the media asked him after game 6 no matter how long it took. And what makes it worst is that on Sunday James offered no apology's to not facing the media on Saturday night only saying he is a winner and does not like losing.
There are many of todays world Class Athletes and even notorious athletes who do answer all
the questions the media asked them. Among them are Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.
And even notorius ones like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez sat in front of the media knowing that everyone wants them to trip up and look bad.

If Lebron James to be the Face of the NBA he needs to grow up a whole lot, Those who say he is only 24, that is not an excuse because he has been in the NBA for 6 seasons, He is now a seasoned veteran, he should be a the leader on his team and of all players in the NBA.

Two other notes, There will be a Coaching Change in Cleveland. Mike Brown is out and Jeff Van Gundy is in.
if I am a Cleveland fan I would be prepared for LeBron to leave the Cavs, unless the Cavs make it to at least the NBA finals I truly expect him to leave.


LestersLegends said...

Very well said.

Rad said...

It's a tough call because he played so hard in this series and left everything out there. I understand his frustration at the end, what I was more upset with was his handling of the situation afterwards. He said he e-mailed Howard and talked about things and that he left because "you don't shake the guy's hand who just beat you up." It wasn't a real fight (even thought boxers and MMA guys hug after fights) and they played Olympics together so they know each other.

Had he come out and said "I was frustrated that we lost, I made a mistake and I should have wished Dwight good luck in the Finals, my bad" I would have felt much better about this. He showed his age and lack of professionalism a little bit, hopefully he learns from this. Remember that whole thing with Kobe and Karl Malone in the all-star game a while back? Kobe sure learned his lesson, let's hope LBJ took note.

Great post and very nicely written.

"Nutball Gazette" said...

Well Said Rad, I remember the Pistons left before the game was over when losing to the Bulls, and they never got back there again as that group.
You are correct that handling afterward was even worse.

"Nutball Gazette" said...

Here is a link to another good article about Class in Sports

Rad said...

Nutball-Thanks for the link to the article, I don't read too much of Aldridge's stuff but this was really good.
"You did congratulate the Magic on Sunday for their victory, which was good. But you still said you were right not to shake hands. Not so good." This was spot on.

While he's at it, have Byner speak to Vince Young who said he's ready to be dealt if he's not allowed to start this year. It's becoming an epidemic.

Anonymous said...

I'll take the angle from a golf point of view. Nicklaus said one of the best lessons his dad her taught was that sometimes the other guy wins because he played better - so shake his hand and congratulate him.

LeBron has a good public image, thus a reason why I didn't like seeing this.

Rad said...

Hey Nutball, did you decide not to go on vacation?? Hope everything is alright with you and the family.

"Nutball Gazette" said...

I am taking my vacation in September with my Family all is well, My Brother is pretty much back on his feet after 5 Bypass surgery about 4 weeks ago, he goes back to work in 10 days.
Thanks for your concern