People are saying Lebron James acted like a little ho after the loss to Orlando on Saturday night:
The Cavs were sent packing after a painful game 6 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals. But many people don’t consider it to be a loss. More like blowout. An embarrassment. Basically, the Magic erupted for 103 points and defeated the Cavs by 13. Although 13 points does not show what really took place during Saturday night. The minute the game had been completed, and just as LeBron’s basketball world finally came crashing down, he walked off the court with the stench of pity on him. And for Cavs fans, as much as they wanted too, there was nothing they could do. The reporters didn’t have the chance to explode with questions. Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, and the rest of the victorious Magic team weren’t able to even console the greatest basketball player in the game today.
Why? Because he was so humiliated, he couldn’t bare the though of congratulating his opponent after enduring what was probably a long and overwhelming game for him. Even still, LeBron doesn’t appear as “pathetic.” He pulled himself together and answered the questions the media had for him (afterwards). He looked them in the eye. Sure he seemed gloomy; probably even came out of a deep sleep too. Because what LeBron was doing is dreaming. And it wasn’t just LeBron — it was the rest of the basketball world, including me. Deep down inside all of us, we knew (although maybe we were oblivious to it) that there was no possible way that the Cavs could win a championship with the talent outside of LeBron they had put together.
And because LeBron wanted to seem optimistic, and because LeBron wanted to be positive and upbeat for his own benefit, he looked past the names on the paper and believed. Believed so much that it took him (and the rest of us) out of the actual world and into some fantasy land that did nothing to prepare us for what would take place in reality.
And why wouldn’t he? After being awarded MVP, having the honor of being mentored by Coach Of the Year, exceeding expectations by accomplishing first place, and sweeping both the Pistons and Hawks in the first two rounds, I think any of us would have been riding high, not just LBJ. After all this happened, viewers and critics still labeled him immature. A sore-loser. Selfish.
Immature? Sore-loser? Selfish? None of those adjectives come to mind when remembering the final ticks of the clock. None of those adjectives come to mind when I imagine him taking his final steps to the locker room. None of those adjectives come to mind when I imagine him slamming his car door while fellow Cavs players and giddy Magic players are going through their postgame interviews.
Don’t forget, King James is merely 24 years old. Most people often don’t remember or just simply do not recognize that he is still in very young. And despite the fact that he is still developing mentally and physically, he is still considered the best this great Association has to offer. Young, yes. Budding, of course. Immature? No.
And let’s take a good look at LeBron and assume that his childhood and teenage years during which he played basketball went well. He was seemingly a winner in his early years as a kid, and records show that he was nothing short of excellent in his high school years — from both an individual and team standpoint. With that being said, he had obviously never experienced being on a losing team, and had probably never really had to deal with devastating losses like game 6 in Orlando. Inexperienced, yes. Sore-loser? Certainly not.
There’s always next year Lebron.