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"A Motivational Comment From The Chosen One"
Ladies and Gentlemen... some of what I am about to say may come across as condescending or may offend. But please know that doing so is not my intent. This message applies to me also.
Well, we are now approaching the beginning of what is supposed to be the start of NBA training camp, and it looks like it's a no go. The NBA owners and players have been meeting but there hasn't been significant progress. Training camps and preseason games have already been canceled. There's no need to get into the details, but it looks as if what the experts have been saying all along is correct. The NBA season will probably not start on time, and half or even all of this year’s season may be missed. So now that we know that this season is on life support, let's look back and reflect on last season (one of the most memorable seasons ever)!
Leading up to the 2010-11 NBA Season in by far the most anticipated off seasons in the history, there was one question on everybody’s mind. Where is Lebron “King” James (of the Cleveland Cavaliers) going to end up? All of the analysts weighed in. Some believed that Lebron would stay because of the way things had ended in Cleveland (saying that he wouldn't want to leave as a failure). Others believed that he would leave and go to greener pastures because Cleveland was a small market team and/or Lebron just would never win in Cleveland. Many teams (New York, New Jersey, L.A. Clipper (fans), Miami, Cleveland etc.) did everything they could to bring in Lebron, including getting rid of good players to free up enough money to pay Lebron max dollars.
There were also many articles done on how Lebron staying or leaving would affect the Ohio economy. As a matter of fact, wherever Lebron went, money would follow. But the waiting game had to stop. So on Thursday July 8th, 2011 came…
In a 1 hour special on ESPN, Lebron made his long awaited decision. To the surprise of many and to the dismay of many more, Lebron James decided to "take his talents" to South Beach and join up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh (two of the other most coveted free agents going into the season). This was the first time in history that a player of Lebron's magnitude (being considered to be the best in the game) left his team to join with another player who was regarded as maybe even the 2nd best player in the league and another top player at his position. This formed an instant "Dream Team" in the NBA.
These three players seemed to have collaborated with each other to make this happen and it represented a power shift as they took charge in an owners controlled league. But the Cleveland fans felt betrayed by King James (the Ohio native who had stated that he goal was to bring a championship to Cleveland). Shortly after this decision fans all over were seen burning Lebrons Jersey (2) and some doing it in the traditions of the Witch Hunts, burning his memorabilia at the stake. Dan Gilbert was so shaken that he wrote an open letter to the Cleveland fans calling Lebrons decision a cowardly betrayal and adding the Lebron would take Cleveland's "curse" with him down South.
To make matters worse, a celebration for the Heat, starring Lebron, Wade, and Bosh was held. During this celebration Lebron stated (of Wade, Bosh and himself) that after challenging each other in practice, things on the court would be easy. Lebron later on stated that the number of championships that he came to win would be "not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7..."
This was viewed as a slap in the face to Cleveland and it was also viewed as being arrogant (since the Heat had not one any games yet). It rubbed many people, and players the wrong way and also made the people who already despised Lebron, hate him even more. The “Decision” resulted in so much backlash that Lebron even released a commercial in response to it (What Should I do?). The Cleveland fans quickly responded. The Miami Heat became (and will still be going forward) the villains of the NBA. The target was put on their back. This is of course the bed that they have made, and the one that they will have to lie in as long as they are together.
The Heat's season was full of peaks and valleys. When the heat won, their fans made plenty of noise. When they lost, the world was a better place. As expected, the Miami Heat made the playoffs and advanced into the later rounds. They eventually made the finals and ran into the Dallas Mavericks. Even though the Mavericks had taken out the defending champion L.A. Lakers and were playing great as a team, most experts believed that Miami had superior talent and would win the series. However, according to a poll on ESPN, almost 1/3 of the people who would tune in to the NBA Finals would watch, not to see the Heat or the Mavericks win... but to see the Heat LOSE!
Miami went up 2 games to 1 in the finals in game three. Lebron put up solid numbers in this game... and even though many people criticized him. He was doing what was needed to be done for his team to win (especially defensively). But what ensued after game three from Lebron can be described as no less than a meltdown. In game 4, Lebron scored a career low 8 points (ZERO in the fourth quarter). This was a shocking performance and many analyst, current players and former players weighed in expressing disbelief at how King James had performed. The Miami Heat lost the next two games (ending the series) in similar fashion. Dirk Nowitzki (the Mavericks star player) coming up big, and Lebron coming up short.
In the end, Lebron had failed miserably. He had averaged less than 18 points per game, which was 9 points below his season average. That drop off was historic. He averaged 4 turnovers per game and only 3 points per game in the fourth quarters. He looked like a deer in headlights during the times when his team needed him the most (missing free throws and sometimes shooting shots that didn't even hit the rim). Many of the NBA greats as well as sports analysts chimed in once again on how shocking someone of Lebron’s talent could perform in this way. Lebron couldn't or seemingly couldn't deal with the pressure.
People everywhere celebrated (especially Cleveland fans). They celebrated NOT because the Mavericks won, but because THE HEAT LOST! But what was more shocking than the King's breakdown, was...
In the press conference after the Heat's game 6 Loss, Lebron was asked if it bothered him that so many people were happy to see him fail. And below was his response.
"Absolutely not. Cause at the end of the day, all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. So they can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they got to get back to the real world at some point."
Tell us how you REALLY feel Lebron! Now that is a terrible thing to say isn't it? I guess the pressure really got to Lebron. All of the critics and haters said that Lebron was a failure, and even though Lebron had plenty of yes men and yes men media members on his team, not even THEY could defend him. And now, rather than just face the music, Lebron decided to lash out and take a cheap shot at the fans. He played the "I'm a millionaire who lives life to the fullest and you are an insignificant hater who's got your own problems" card. This was a low blow. Really low.
But you know what? The most egregious thing about what Lebron James said that night, is the fact that what he said...
Whether or not you believe Lebron should have or had the right to say what he said, there is no denying the truth behind his message. There is a school of thought that people like to see others fail because it makes them feel good about themselves. I mean sure, I may be miserable inside, sick, broke, struggling and insignificant. And sure, maybe the only thing that will be said at my funeral is, "She/he was really nice!" But at least I didn't punk out like that! OH... I would never do THAT! I can't believe she/he did that! That's terrible!
You see, that's why you have the Jerry Springer’s, the Maury Povich's, the jacked up, messy reality shows, the "Judge" shows, the courtroom dramas (like Casey Anthony), and of course the atrocious singing in the American Idol auditions that everyone loves so much. These are the things that allow us to judge, "morally" beat down, voice are insignificant (to the outcomes) opinions about, and laugh AT those that we believe are below us. Lebron’s epic failure made a lot of people feel good about themselves. But like drinking alcohol or caffeine, it may feel great for a moment. But what happens when you crash and your problems are still there?
Have you won any championships in your life? Did you come through for your family or yourself when it was needed the most? Have you overcome all the obstacles in your life? Have you accomplished all of your goals? Are you where you want to be in life?
The truth is, if haters spent as much time working to improve their lives as they did hating on someone else’s, then they would be a lot better off. And the world would even be a better place.
This is why what Lebron said was so offensive. It was the reality check that we weren't supposed to get. How dare he?! Lebron's statement was not "politically correct" because the diabolical ones who rule over this political matrix don't think that it's correct to jar people and make them pay attention to what is REALLY going on, and what is REALLY important in life. In order to stay on top, they have to keep the masses on the bottom and the best way to do that is to keep them in a state of content and peaceful suffering (not realizing that they are existing and not living).
Nevertheless, Lebron's statement is certainly one that I took to heart and it really motivated me. I'm not exactly where I want to be in life, but I'm certainly on my way there. And if there ever was a statement that could motivate a person to be all they could be, Lebron's "slip" should be right at the top of the list.
So after that, it is now your turn. It's time to make YOUR decision. It's your time to start your own business, create your own legacy, live your life's purpose by using what our creator has placed inside you and stop worrying about everybody else.
Because at the end of the day, ((insert whatever celebrity or person you hate or hate on)) is going to continue to do the things they do and live their life and you will be the last thing on their mind. But whatever problems or issues that you have, they will remain until you deal with them. That's just real talk. Don't let your life pass you by.
Hope this article was helpful,
So until next time,
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