LeBron James has taken shots from every angle imaginable this season, and the Finals in particular, but at what point does it become too much?
Cleveland, understandably, has him #1 on their hit list. We saw evidence of that when he made his first return trip to Quicken Loans Arena after jumping on a flight (probably American Airlines) for south Florida.
We know Gregg Doyel takes a backseat to no one when it comes to bashing the King.
Skip Bayless certainly doesn’t either with his, “LeBron gets 99% of the blame”.
When a peer comes out with criticism and asks to remain nameless is where I would draw the line. Mike Wise from the Washington Post recently had a conversation with an NBA player who spoke with James last offseason, and had this to say…only if his name be kept anonymous.
For example, a player recently told me LeBron had contacted him about possibly joining forces in the offseason, though he was cryptic about where he actually might play. The text began: “Yo, this is King James.”
“I was like, ‘Give me a break. You’re going to call yourself that?’ ”the player said, on condition that his name not be used.
“Do you think Michael Jordan texts people by starting with, ‘Yo, this is His Airness.’ Come on, get over yourself.”
Sounds like somebody’s a bit salty, okay alot salty. Was it someone on the Sixers, Celtics, or Bulls, one of the teams Miami beat to get to the Finals? Possibly. Was it someone whose team didn’t even make it to the playoffs? Likely.
At any rate, if you’re going to bash someone don’t do it behind a screen or with a machine that alters your voice so no one knows who you are. Save that for people snitching to the FBI for fear of having their lives in jeopardy. Your life isn’t in peril. LeBron isn’t going to clothesline you when you come down the lane. He’s not going to meet you in the parking lot after the game threatening to throw hands.
I may not always agree with people like Skip Bayless, Jason Whitlock, or Gregg Doyel, but I do respect the fact that they say what they feel no matter what. In most cases it could probably be said better another way and it generally isn’t popular, but they never hide their agenda. If you don’t like someone put it out there, what do you have to be afraid of? Some people are just bitter and cowards, plain and simple.