I have some things to say about LeBron James

ESPN is on LeBron's dong to a frightening degree. The Decision, the refusal to let anyone mention the Delonte rumor, now this...seriously, the dude is a good basketball player, but if they piss him off it is not going to change their viewership. Especially because he is not the heir to Jordan. Just treat him like you would any player, ESPN.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

ESPN is on LeBron's dong to a frightening degree. The Decision, the refusal to let anyone mention the Delonte rumor, now this...seriously, the dude is a good basketball player, but if they piss him off it is not going to change their viewership. Especially because he is not the heir to Jordan. Just treat him like you would any player, ESPN.

This has been the MO of ESPN for a long time. It's why Dan Patrick is no longer with ESPN radio, and controlled by what he called the Mothership. Part of that control included not ever being allowed to even mention that Deadspin exists on the air.

ESPN is pretty much only worth watching for the games, anymore.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

ESPN is on LeBron's dong to a frightening degree. The Decision, the refusal to let anyone mention the Delonte rumor, now this...seriously, the dude is a good basketball player, but if they piss him off it is not going to change their viewership. Especially because he is not the heir to Jordan. Just treat him like you would any player, ESPN.

Do you ever listen to the B.S. Report podcast? Bill Simmons? He constantly talks to people who want to talk about the Delonte West rumor and whether it was the cause of why LeBron looked so lost in the last two games of the Celtics series. Simmons always says something like "they won't let us talk about that" or "we're not supposed to talk about that". It's funny because it brings, front and center, that ESPN is indeed censoring that story. Given the other things Simmons talks about the forced silence on that is deafening.

Yeah, I love Simmons and ironically, his inability to discuss it on his podcast caused me to seek the rumor out.

It came up again last week in the Chuck Klosterman BS Reports.

Time to rebuild that image!

Tipoff tonight! Tomorrow, Go Bulls!

Ok.

I'm not hear to gloat. Really. I've spent the last year sans cable (something I highly recommend doing), I followed very little of the basketball season.

Am I a little glad? Yeah. I hate to say it, I really am. What this says about me as a person, I don't know but I can't believe I'm glad a team owned by Mark Cuban won anything.

/shrug

"All the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today," James said. "They have the same personal problems they had today."

I sure do, LeBron. I sure do.

And Deadspin once again is awesome.

That was a pretty classless thing for LeBron to say, but it sums up why he's not a champion. He has money and cars and mansions and bling. The rest of us are poor working-class plebes. He's "King James". And he has actual disdain for the fans. I'm glad he lost and I hope he never wins a title.

Cuban proved himself a true gentleman last night.

TheCounselor wrote:

Cuban proved himself a true gentleman last night.

And then he rented out a Miami night club and partied like crazy.

Nice!

http://worldredeye.com/2011/06/mavericks-take-over-liv/

oilypenguin wrote:

And Deadspin once again is awesome.

Oh that was awesome.

That was the one answer from a 10 minute press Q&A where he showed himself to be anything but humbled about the loss. He almost slipped and said something to the effect of "You'll still be a lowly commoner and I'll still be a superstar millionaire" but he caught himself and it came out as the quote above. The perception is still going to be his intent though.

The city of Dallas is announcing that today is LeBron James day. Everyone gets to leave work 12 minutes early today................

This was funny too, people are f'in quick with their sh*t:
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BishopRS wrote:

That was the one answer from a 10 minute press Q&A where he showed himself to be anything but humbled about the loss. He almost slipped and said something to the effect of "You'll still be a lowly commoner and I'll still be a superstar millionaire" but he caught himself and it came out as the quote above. The perception is still going to be his intent though.

Like I said above, that was truly terrible. It showed just who he is. He's about the cars and the fame and the title ("King James"). He's not about the actual winning. And he's classist to boot.

My favorite photoshop of the day.

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I just put my phone on LeBron mode; you know, all vibrate, no ring.

ooo.

uh.

I didn't vote for them.

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Kush15 wrote:

Miami Herald got it as wrong as you can possibly get it. Whoops.

Nice try :-)

That one is beyond comprehension. They wouldn't have been champions today either way.

It a shame that things didnt go the way they plan it. But a team from dallas never forgot how with they swoon they were swept under the rug and just left for dead. The odds on favorite was the heat and in the blink of a few minutes were just a touch away from taking control of this series. But that ugly factor of revenge seem to creep it head back into this final and it wasnt going to be a sequel. So the mavs fiqure out the heat and begin to take this series over and with in a blink they had done away with the so called heat 3. Back to lebron it is clear to see that this man has issuse he has to deal with. He dosnt have the heart of a tiger nor dose he have the inner workings to make himself take that final step into greatness. Look magic annointed him and gave him the tourch and yet still he is still seeking to find his self among the great ones. It a shame that lebron has fell short again and i do hope that he will find that missing link to put him over and final reach the pinacle of his sport. Peace ALC

oilypenguin wrote:

ooo.

uh.

I didn't vote for them.

Nor I sir. This is just plain embarrassing.

Phishposer wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:

ooo.

uh.

I didn't vote for them.

Nor I sir. This is just plain embarrassing.

But we three Ohioans know that there are a TON of folks lapping that up like a cartoon kitty with a saucer of milk. Also, I'd wager this would have gone down as such no matter who's signing at the bottom.

DSGamer wrote:
BishopRS wrote:

That was the one answer from a 10 minute press Q&A where he showed himself to be anything but humbled about the loss. He almost slipped and said something to the effect of "You'll still be a lowly commoner and I'll still be a superstar millionaire" but he caught himself and it came out as the quote above. The perception is still going to be his intent though.

Like I said above, that was truly terrible. It showed just who he is. He's about the cars and the fame and the title ("King James"). He's not about the actual winning. And he's classist to boot.

My favorite photoshop of the day.

The difference between Lebron and Jordan was that Jordan would spend his free time trying to beat you on the golf course, the baseball diamond or the blackjack table. He wanted to win, and it didn't matter the venue. Lebron seems like he wants to be famous, rather than a champion.

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TheCounselor wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
BishopRS wrote:

That was the one answer from a 10 minute press Q&A where he showed himself to be anything but humbled about the loss. He almost slipped and said something to the effect of "You'll still be a lowly commoner and I'll still be a superstar millionaire" but he caught himself and it came out as the quote above. The perception is still going to be his intent though.

Like I said above, that was truly terrible. It showed just who he is. He's about the cars and the fame and the title ("King James"). He's not about the actual winning. And he's classist to boot.

My favorite photoshop of the day.

The difference between Lebron and Jordan was that Jordan would spend his free time trying to beat you on the golf course, the baseball diamond or the blackjack table. He wanted to win, and it didn't matter the venue. Lebron seems like he wants to be famous, rather than a champion.

Also take a look at the original Dream Team. Jordan and most of the superstars from that era were humbled that people were in awe of them. They realized that their fame came from the fans appreciation of their play.

TheCounselor wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
BishopRS wrote:

That was the one answer from a 10 minute press Q&A where he showed himself to be anything but humbled about the loss. He almost slipped and said something to the effect of "You'll still be a lowly commoner and I'll still be a superstar millionaire" but he caught himself and it came out as the quote above. The perception is still going to be his intent though.

Like I said above, that was truly terrible. It showed just who he is. He's about the cars and the fame and the title ("King James"). He's not about the actual winning. And he's classist to boot.

My favorite photoshop of the day.

The difference between Lebron and Jordan was that Jordan would spend his free time trying to beat you on the golf course, the baseball diamond or the blackjack table. He wanted to win, and it didn't matter the venue. Lebron seems like he wants to be famous, rather than a champion.

That's because Jordan had the mentality that everything was a threat and he needed to utterly crush anyone who vaguely got in his way in order to prove he was the best. LBJ, on the other hand, simply assumes he's the best and seems surprised that things don't come easy for him. Jordan worked his butt off, LBJ has been told on a daily basis he's the greatest and that seems to be enough for him.

Also, he's a giant douchebag.

ESPN quoted Steve Kerr this morning, and he points out the we should be comparing LeBron to Pippen, not Jordan. He's the Robin to Wade's Batman.

After what we just saw that seems more accurate. LeBron is no Jordan, and won't be. People keep saying how young he is, but he's finished his 8th season. Jordan had his first ring in his 7th.

Stele wrote:

ESPN quoted Steve Kerr this morning, and he points out the we should be comparing LeBron to Pippen, not Jordan. He's the Robin to Wade's Batman.

After what we just saw that seems more accurate. LeBron is no Jordan, and won't be. People keep saying how young he is, but he's finished his 8th season. Jordan had his first ring in his 7th.

At this point, he can't be compared to Pippen; Pippen had the same competitive fire as Jordan and would do anything to win. Pippen was a freakishly good defensive player who would do any bit of dirty work needed to win, and LBJ hasn't shown that.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Stele wrote:

ESPN quoted Steve Kerr this morning, and he points out the we should be comparing LeBron to Pippen, not Jordan. He's the Robin to Wade's Batman.

After what we just saw that seems more accurate. LeBron is no Jordan, and won't be. People keep saying how young he is, but he's finished his 8th season. Jordan had his first ring in his 7th.

At this point, he can't be compared to Pippen; Pippen had the same competitive fire as Jordan and would do anything to win. Pippen was a freakishly good defensive player who would do any bit of dirty work needed to win, and LBJ hasn't shown that.

To give Lebron credit, he did an amazing job defending Derrick Rose in the Conference Finals.

Also, please stop referring to him as LBJ. I keep reading it as Lyndon B. Johnson.

kaostheory wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Stele wrote:

ESPN quoted Steve Kerr this morning, and he points out the we should be comparing LeBron to Pippen, not Jordan. He's the Robin to Wade's Batman.

After what we just saw that seems more accurate. LeBron is no Jordan, and won't be. People keep saying how young he is, but he's finished his 8th season. Jordan had his first ring in his 7th.

At this point, he can't be compared to Pippen; Pippen had the same competitive fire as Jordan and would do anything to win. Pippen was a freakishly good defensive player who would do any bit of dirty work needed to win, and LBJ hasn't shown that.

To give Lebron credit, he did an amazing job defending Derrick Rose in the Conference Finals.

Also, please stop referring to him as LBJ. I keep reading it as Lyndon B. Johnson.

LOL I was too!

SallyNasty wrote:
kaostheory wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Stele wrote:

ESPN quoted Steve Kerr this morning, and he points out the we should be comparing LeBron to Pippen, not Jordan. He's the Robin to Wade's Batman.

After what we just saw that seems more accurate. LeBron is no Jordan, and won't be. People keep saying how young he is, but he's finished his 8th season. Jordan had his first ring in his 7th.

At this point, he can't be compared to Pippen; Pippen had the same competitive fire as Jordan and would do anything to win. Pippen was a freakishly good defensive player who would do any bit of dirty work needed to win, and LBJ hasn't shown that.

To give Lebron credit, he did an amazing job defending Derrick Rose in the Conference Finals.

Also, please stop referring to him as LBJ. I keep reading it as Lyndon B. Johnson.

LOL I was too!

I'd always assumed one was the reincarnation of the other.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Stele wrote:

ESPN quoted Steve Kerr this morning, and he points out the we should be comparing LeBron to Pippen, not Jordan. He's the Robin to Wade's Batman.

After what we just saw that seems more accurate. LeBron is no Jordan, and won't be. People keep saying how young he is, but he's finished his 8th season. Jordan had his first ring in his 7th.

At this point, he can't be compared to Pippen; Pippen had the same competitive fire as Jordan and would do anything to win. Pippen was a freakishly good defensive player who would do any bit of dirty work needed to win, and LBJ hasn't shown that.

This. Pippen hit some clutch shots and didn't disappear down the stretch. He had the migraine game and the game where he refused to go in because he wasn't taking the last shot, but otherwise Pippen was nails in the clutch and didn't give up the way LeBron did. If you are going to compare those two Pippen comes out way ahead.