Retirement Guys: LeBron burned himselfWritten by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent National Basketball Championship series ended with the Dallas Mavericks being crowned champions by beating the favored Miami Heat in a best of seven series 4-2. It was a crowning achievement for Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki.
The bigger story is superstar LeBron James and his teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. All three are major superstars and it is the first time in history that stars of such magnitude have come together to try to win a championship. Some have called James the most talented player to ever play the game.
Up until the last year or so, James has been viewed as a basketball hero and much loved by his fans. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, a thrill to his hometown fans that he would be playing near where he grew up. They watched him for seven seasons, wearing T-shirts to games with the word “witness” on the front, referring to witnessing the greatness of “King James.”
The story did not have a happy ending for the city of Cleveland. After his seven seasons without winning a championship, James became a free agent. Would he stay in his hometown? Or would he jump to greener pastures? It just so happened that Bosh became a free agent at the same time. Wade was already at Miami and the three got together and decided to form a threesome like no other in history. Here was an opportunity they could not pass up.
No one could really hold anything against James for seizing the opportunity. It was the way it was done that caused many to hate him. First, he abandoned his hometown. He didn’t just leave, he left without informing the owner of his intentions and no one knew what he was going to do until he announced his plans on a special television show that he arranged called “The Decision.” He said, “I am taking my talents to South Beach.”
A Miami pep rally included mugging for the camera amid smoke, flashing lights, video and sound effects. They talked about how they were not going to just win a championship, but at least seven. This, before the three had stepped onto a basketball court together.
They reached the finals with everyone expecting them to easily beat the Dallas Mavericks. After winning game 1, they had a big lead in game 2 and were seen celebrating way before the game was over. To their chagrin, Dallas came back and won that game. During the series, Dallas’ superstar Dirk Nowitzki was fighting a fever, cough and generally not feeling well, yet he fought through it, performing at a high level. James and Wade were caught on camera coughing apparently mocking Nowitzki.
Many things, like basketball, are team games and require all things to come together in harmony to win. This did not happen for James. I feel bad for him because he is held to such high standards. Even so, much of his plight he brought upon himself. The Retirement Guys talk about being financially self-reliant but not without a good team, good advice and good sound strategies. Many times it is all how you go about things. Perhaps James needs a good public relations person, and if nothing else, a little wisdom.
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