Call me crazy, but I think that Lebron's feeling of desperation has sunk in by this morning. Fifteen minutes after the Cavaliers had gone down 3-2 in their best of seven series with the Boston Celtics, he seemed calmer than ever. If you didn't hear the quote, it went like this: (Lebron, speaking in the third person) "A Lebron James team is never desperate." That quote was in response to the question of Lebron and the Cavs being desperate for a win in the upcoming game six. It's now Monday, May 19th, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are officially out of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. I have just one question for him... desperate yet?
After Paul Pierce dispatched of James and the Cavs to the tune of a 41 point performance, I think it is time we put the Lebron James for President of the World campaign to bed.
Not Michael, Kobe, or Magic have an ego as large as Lebron's, and for the record they have 14 rings between them. The most obnoxious thing about him is the size of his ego. An Eastern Conference championship in 2007, then getting your a** kicked in the finals doesn't allow you to begin referencing yourself in the third person. The Terminator, Ricky Henderson, and Snoop Dogg are the only people who should be excused for referring to themselves in the third person. Cleveland Cavaliers fans have got to be the most pathetic fans on the planet. They are in awe of Lebron to the extent that they excuse ALL of the following:
While all eyes in Ohio (his home state) were focused on their Indians playing the Yankees in the playoffs last fall, Lebron James enters Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field) wearing a New York Yankees ball cap. Maybe he is a fan of the Yanks, maybe he was making a fashion choice, or maybe he just had a bad hair day, but none of those things excuse that. You wouldn't see Paul Pierce at a Red Sox game wearing a Yanks cap -- that, my friends, I'm sure of. The Akron, Ohio native chooses to A: make himself the center of attention while the Indians are trying to win a championship (something Lebron has yet to do) And he B: completely dogged the same Cleveland fans who pay good money to watch him play 41 home games a year in that city.
He was probably saying to himself: "Lebron can wear any hat, Lebron loves the Yankees. Maybe Lebron will get to host the ESPY's again; Lebron like that."
The day after Mother's Day '08, Lebron was fouled hard after going to the basket by Celtic Paul Pierce. When his mother, who was sitting close by, came to the rescue of her baby boy, Lebron, who once uttered the quote "I wish I could sit here and give you words to describe what my mother means to me. There aren't enough words in the dictionary. I don't know how she did it," turned and hurled expletives at her that went something like this:
"Mom, sit down and get in your F****** seat before Lebron come over there and put you in your F***** seat. LEBRON's a man he doesn't need a F***** mother, LEBRON will take away your season F***** tickets."
Okay, so he didn't go that far but then again I'm trying to make a point. Judge a man by the way he treats his mother.
Finally, the BIGGEST oversight by the Cleveland faithful. New Jersey Nets part-owner, Sean Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z (who has been rumored to be interested in moving the Nets from Jersey to Brooklyn in the near future) has been courting the NBA superstar for years, and Lebron has embraced it. An obvious sign that the Cavs and the state of Ohio will get completely snubbed when Lebron becomes a free agent. His ego is already bursting out of Ohio and into New York. If the Cavaliers think that adding the likes of Delonte West, the shell of Ben Wallace, and Joe Smith with 1 good knee, is enough to keep Lebron happy, they've completley lost their minds. From day one in the NBA, he has made it clear this isn't just about basketball for him; this is about becoming a self-proclaimed "global icon." NEWSFLASH: Global Icons come from cities like New York and Los Angeles, not Cleveland. It'll be a lot easier for Jay-Z and the Nets to get an approval to Brooklyn if they've gotten Bron Bron on board already. Sorry Cavs fans, you're out.
Lebron speak: "Hova & Lebron is like Sunny & Cher... the basketball version"
Since Lebron James is now at home and no longer in the playoffs, he'll have plenty of time to do guest spots on "How I Met Your mother," maybe even audition for "Dancing With the Stars," and even host the ESPY's again. All things Magic, Michael, and Kobe have yet to to do because they spent their prime winning rings. So Lebron, are you desperate yet?