After being inflicted with the NBA’s free agent circus frenzy—with ringleader LeBron James and his sidekick clowns, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh—my sympathy went out to my father and his endless dedication to “his teams.” My distaste for the NBA and aspects of mainstream media escalated to new levels.
I’ve enjoyed championships as a Buckeye from The Ohio State University, but my dad has yet to experience much satisfaction from the professional teams to which he’s given decades of heart, time and money. No one since the caliber of Jim Brown—who led the Browns to a championship in 1964—has invigorated the people of Cleveland like Akron-born LeBron has. This “native son” has now disappointed his “family.”
The Decision aired on ESPN Thursday, July 8, when a pensively rehearsed LeBron chose the Miami Heat. This self-indulgent “event” shined a critical light on America’s overpaid celebrity athletes who continue to believe they are the center of the universe.
Not only a joy to watch—possibly “the best player ever”—LeBron also appeared to be a “good kid” and a respectable teammate, exhibiting values missing from many all-stars today.
The media spectacle surrounding “The Decision” of the two-time MVP outweighed headlines regarding the Gulf’s endless oil spill, the Russian “spy swap” and even outdid the World Cup—a beloved global competition of esteemed athleticism that exhibits pride for one’s country and teamwork above all.
Leaving your “heart in Cleveland” to be part of a business organization including “Twitter celebrities” and newly-signed Heat players, Wade and Bosh, is the best decision for “King James,” whose legacy is now tarnished.
As LeBron repeated, the sport of basketball was a “business,” and to “be happy,” he must win championships. Good luck integrating three one-man shows, Pat Riley (Miami’s head coach.)
The late, great sports icon John Wooden—former UCLA basketball coach who achieved a remarkable 10 national championships in just 12 years—said it best in his books. “Team spirit, loyalty, enthusiasm, determination… Acquire and keep these traits and success should follow.”
A teacher above all things, Wooden asserted “happiness begins where selfishness ends” and that “not all change is progress.”