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If LeBron Wants a King Labeling, He Best Start Acting Like One

For the second time in the last three NBA Finals, Miami Heat guard LeBron James was carried off the court due to painful cramps. If James wants the title as “King,” maybe showing why he’s “King” would garner him more respect.

Heat guard LeBron James (6) was carried off the court in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals - Mandatory Credit: Eric Gay/Associated Press

Heat guard LeBron James (6) was carried off the court in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals – Mandatory Credit: Eric Gay/Associated Press

In the dictionary, a leader is defined as a person who rules, guides, or inspires others. And a portion of a king’s definition is the chief authority over a country and people.

Essentially, a king/leader is somebody who’s looked up to, and who’s behind his men at all costs.

That’s a title LeBron James does not deserve.

James is a great player – the best in the league bar-none – but when I, as well as every other viewer, “witnessed” him carried off the court in Game 1 of the NBA Finals for the second time in three years due to leg cramps, my immediate thoughts deem him baby James rather than “King.”

Athletes are going to inevitably experience the brutal pain that comes with cramping, and don’t misinterpret my feelings about them, they certainly hurt. But when a player gets carried off for them, then your will gets called into question. Especially when you take yourself out, and stand at the other end of the court not making any attempt to get back on defense.

I don’t care if LeBron has to get down on all fours and crawl to the other side of the court – at least try. Don’t just stand there grimacing and placing all this self-pity upon yourself. That’s not what a leader is, and that’s definitely not how a king acts. Cramps have more of an effect on certain people, but that’s no excuse not to at least say to your coach, “Hey, I’m going back in.” Even if he rejects your courage, you showed it.

But being carried off the court in general is low. I’ve seen players get helped off, but never have I ever seen a player carried off his feet because of a cramp – let alone twice. You’re pocketing millions of dollars to run up and down it, and you’re telling me you can’t even do that? Like I said, try.

Perfect example is Kobe Bryant. The guy tears his achilles, shoots two free-throws, and walks off the court under his own power. That’s a man. That’s dignity. That’s how you garner admiration from others; people consider you an idol. Back in 2009, female Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki – a teenager at the time mind you – was amidst a match in which she received a full-body cramp, was in obvious discomfort, but sucked it up, and still managed to beat her opponent.

He wonders why social media blows up with jokes aimed at him. No LeBron, this isn’t hatred, it’s a parody because you made yourself look weak. And as far as a king is concerned, last time I checked, they aren’t fragile. Off the court, LeBron’s character shouldn’t be scrutinized because he shows great ambition towards giving back to various communities. However, when I watched his interview with Pardon the Interruption’s Michael Wilbon, it made me think twice.

Laid out into an article by ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, James goes on to say:

“I can’t play the game of basketball and live my life on what other people expect me to do or what they think I should do, that doesn’t make me happy. What makes me happy is being able to make plays for my teammates, to be able to represent the name on the back of my jersey. That’s what makes me happy. What everybody else thinks? That doesn’t really matter to me”

Hmm, I thought athletes’ performed for the name on the front of their jersey, not the back LeBron. And yes, I understand, he’s playing for his family name, which is probably what he meant. However, when you state the name on the back is what you play for, everything you mentioned about your teammates is a contradiction. That implies you don’t play for them, you play for you. Arrogance at its finest.

It irritates me when people have the audacity to defend a guy who’s generating serious coin to play a game. Why stand in a guy’s corner, when he’s been on other player’s issues before. I’m talking about Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki, who was mocked by LeBron and Dwyane Wade walking down a tunnel because he had fallen ill in the Finals. A title Nowitzki ended up claiming. So, what? We can’t get on LeBron’s case? Don’t remember, take a look – courtesy of Coolins335:

If you’re the presumed best player in the game, make an example of yourself, that’s all I’m saying. I won’t debate that, LeBron’s the best, but his antics have taken such an extreme toll over me that I had to vent it out in an article.

No, I don’t send hate towards LeBron – I’m disappointed. Disappointed he can’t be a leader; disappointed he let his teammates fight the battle for him; and disappointed people can actually classify him as “King.”

I guess being humble and doing whatever it takes is difficult for some people.

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