Pinpointing the Exact Moment I Became a Fan of Lebron James
A Boshless Miami Heat doesn’t interest me much though I’ve been really impressed with how Lebron James and D Wade have come together without him thus far. I’m pretty much locked into this series now and fully expecting the Heat to slice and dice the team that ousted my beloved Sixers.
But let’s get to the point…
Kevin Garnett infuriates me. Don’t like him.
The minute that Lebron laughed in Garnetts face–which you can view here–will forever be known as the exact moment I became a fan of Lebron James.
Make no mistake, I never expected Dwyane Wade to miss much colored-pants shopping time studying the Celtics. I didn’t think that Lebron James would fog up his fashionable non-prescription glasses worrying about Boston. Nor did I think that Haslem would have to put Tupac’s Machiavelli album on repeat to get hype in case he has to lay someone out again for messing with his teammates. So the Heat taking game 1 was no surprise to me.
But what WAS a surprise is the way that Lebron James purchased a one way ticket into my heart by gleefully laughing in Kevin Garnett’s face and being the shark that we all know James is when he’s not busy pretending to be otherwise for the sake of the wussy media.
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I have never been a Lebron hater. I fully accept that he’s the best player in the league. But until now, I was indifferent to him though I felt much of the the criticism of him was unwarranted and in the interest of clicks and ratings. The truth is, it would be hypocritical for someone like me who grew up adoring Michael Jordan—the same man who threw a temper tantrum when the Bulls owners bought the entire Chicago Bulls staff rings rather than just the players who Jordan believed “earned” them—to accuse James of some sort of arrogance that can’t be forgiven.
Quite frankly, the media obsessing over whether or not James is some arrogant character is pretty repulsive anyway given the fact that there are 12 arrogant guys on every NBA team but only one in the league with the talent that James has.
And people can argue about whether Lebron is clutch but one thing is important to note: you don’t have to do anything important in clutch time if you dance on the other team’s face for the other 55 minutes since the score won’t be that close at the end. Lebron has dance-on-your-face abilities.
After this, I’m ready for Lebron to just go all out with his mean side. Get some flagrants. Say something crazy to an opposing player at the free throw line a la Scottie Pippen/Karl Malone. Park in a handicap space at the gym. Cuss out an old white lady in front of security. It’s your world Lebron, I want to see you enjoy it.