Posted by: thinningtheherd | July 13, 2010

#90 LeBron James’ Ego

Species Name:  Bigheadicus Slapinthefaceius

I had a lot of respect for “King James” up until last week.  LeBron James has always been one of the rare athletes who has been able to live up to the hype surrounding them.  He has always talked the talk, but has been able to back it up by walking the walk.  Despite having yet to win an NBA title, LeBron James is easily one of the most dominant players in the league.  I had a lot of respect for the fact that James has spent his entire seven year career playing professional basketball for his hometown team, The Cleveland Cavaliers.  Being a phenom straight out of high school, James could have chosen to play in virtually any major metropolitan city in the U.S. but instead chose to play in the medium sized market that is Cleveland.  That was until his contract expired with the Cavaliers at the end of last season, making James the most sought after free agent in a decade.  Since the Lakers won the NBA title back in June, every sports news outlet has focused on predicting where LeBron would wind up.

The media circus of “LeBron Watch 2010” took a turn for the absurd last week when it was announced that LeBron would make his long-awaited decision during an hour long special on ESPN.  Are you fucking kidding me?  An entire hour for a 30 second sound bite?!  I don’t care whose idea this gratuitous jerk fest was, I blame LeBron James’ ego for going through with it.  The inflated sense of self importance was sickening in my opinion, and I don’t give two flying fucks that all the ad revenue generated by the special was donated to the Boys and Girls Club.  It doesn’t change the fact that LeBron James’ ego lead him to dickslap the city of Cleveland on national TV, the most embarrassing thing to happen to the city since the invention of the “Cleveland Steamer.”

In a world where LeBron James’ ego didn’t exist to continue to give professional sport stars a bad name:

  • We all wouldn’t have suffered the embarrassment of watching this shameless hour of television.  Even though I hated the idea of the ESPN special, I still watched and felt in need of a rape shower after losing that hour of my life.
  • LeBron would’ve been forced to earn his title instead of going to the veritable all-star team that is the 2010-2011 Miami Heat.
  • No one would have the audacity to refer to himself as a “King.”
  • Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, would have an extra $100K burning a hole in his pocket and be a lot less pissed.
  • LeBron wouldn’t be able to live out his insatiable fetish for Cubans and retired Jews.

This is the first time I’ve thinned someone’s ego and not them as a whole.  Frankly, LeBron is a helluva lot of fun to watch and will undoubtedly continue to be as a member of the Miami Heat.  It’s just sad to me that he had to sully his reputation by making such a spectacle of himself.  I would’ve expected such theatrics from Chad Ochocinco or Shaq, but from LeBron, I expected a little more grace and tact.  I guess you’re nothing more then another sports star stereotype.

But one has to have dreams right?


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