Is LeBron “that guy” or Tmac 2.0?
So today I was accused of being a LeBron James hater. For the record I don’t hate LeBron, but is he really “that guy”? What I mean by “that guy” is, does he have what it takes to become legendary. Many have made their way to the hall, but few have become legends. If you had to pick the ultimate starting five of all time would Lebron be in that conversation?
I once read an article that said “Tracy McGrady was the most talented basketball player ever.” I was so shocked by that article that I had to read the rest just to see if I could figure out what drug the author was on. As I read on I understood his point, this guy at 6’8” 210 lbs with the ability to score anywhere on the floor, the game was easy to him. He also, in arguably his best year (’02-’03), averaged 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists to go along with 32 point per game. Sound familiar? The article went on to say because the game came so easy to him, he either didn’t want or felt he had to work on his game and sadly the rest is history. Which begs the question. Is LeBron ”that guy” or is he Tmac 2.0?
Don’t get me wrong LeBron is a beast and if he’d came to Chicago I would have loved it, but when he made a spectacle of his “decision” it kinda turned me off to him. I don’t blame him for leaving Cleveland. Bad trade after bad acquisition and embarrassing losses to Boston and Orlando with no sight of getting him any true help was surely a factor in his decision. Paring with two established All Stars seemed like something a veteran on his last leg would do to get a ring, not a reigning MVP in his prime. Which begs another question, since the game comes easy to him does he feel winning should too?
The Tracy McGrady article said that the ease at which the game came to him made his work ethic non-existent. So does the ease at which the game comes to LeBron make him feel that he’s entitled to winning? We’ve seen him fold in the playoffs and pass up on last second shots, things “legends” don’t do. Is he ahead on your personal depth chart in front of say Scottie Pippen or Larry Bird? Do you design plays for the last shot for him or for Michael Jordan? Here’s a tough one for those not so versed in Basketball history. Do you take LeBron now or Kobe in his prime? So to my “haters” no I’m not a LeBron hater. I just know what a legend looks like, and as of right now there are no “Kings” in my winning hand.