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If you tailed last night’s plays, I am truly sorry that the Liberty ballers can’t even close an open faced sandwich. Blowing a 14 point lead in the 4th quarter is unacceptable, and one of the reasons that the Sixers lost to the Celtics in 5 last year. If you tailed, you didn’t make any money, but you aren’t down to the bookie today, and in gambling, that’s a win. There is a dog tonight that I like outright. Check back later for Take the bookie’s money Tuesday.
One of the plays featured LeBron James and those losing Lakers. Full disclosure, this past summer, I wanted him on the Sixers. Last year, I didn’t care that he lost his 6th finals in his career, nor that he chose LA over Philly, he was still my GOAT. This season, my opinion of him has changed dramatically. Think of how the perception changed when Blowjob Bill got caught in the oval office, or when Tyson Holyfield’s ear. LeBron went from my favorite player to one of my least favorite professional athletes of all time.
Now sure, has he done some incredible philanthropic work over his 15 year career? Without a doubt. As much as you’d like to sit here and hate on “The Decision,” all of that money went to the Boys and Girls club of America. More recently, he opened up a school in Akron called the ‘I Promise School’ for kids that are at-risk. He’s sent over 1,000 kids to college, and has countless kids in need with school supplies.
Off of the court, it’s hard to hate LeBron James. But what he does when the cameras are rolling has been a blemish on his historic career, and as the years have progressed, it’s gotten worse. From taking his talents to south beach, to blaming the front office for putting together a top heavy team in 2016, LeBron Blames just never shuts up. Unless of course he is in Zero-Dark LeBron which according to him 5 days ago, he had “activated.”
LeBron had sent a strong message to the team following the loss against the Pelicans -the same team that beat the Cavs and lead to his 2016 top heavy rant. Last night in Memphis after dropping their second straight loss, LeBron was critical of his team again, go figure.
The only organization you could argue he didn’t ruin was Miami, but Cleveland fell victim twice. I’m all for players having a platform, but sometimes you need to keep the dirty laundry in house, instead of airing it out. Imagine adding “destroyed historic franchise” to your HOF résumé.
Any business owner is will tell you that you always praise in public and criticize behind closed doors. Since joining the Lakers, LeBron has sat for 18 games while drinking Vino on the bench.
Folks, in LA have to deal with this for at least three more summers. Not only is he showing off his lack of concern for the game, or the condition of his body, he tried to auction the entire team off, started multiple TV/film projects, and blamed the young guy’s urgency on the court. Hey Mr. Blames, instead of criticizing everyone around you, why don’t you take some ownership, and lead the team by example instead of playing with cartoons?
LeBron has went through this cyclical journey of being loved and hated. When he was first drafted, everyone loved him, compared him to MJ. Then he left Cleveland for Miami. People -in the media especially- initially hated Miami after an 8-9 start. He brought them two rings and folks love him in the 305. That iconic picture of him dunking is tattooed on half of the population’s ass cheek in Dade county.
He ended the drought in Cleveland and for that he will always be remembered as a king there. But for LeBron’s sake, I sure hope the Monstars can stop him this summer in the box offices before he ruins another coach’s career, dismantles a team with some great young talent, or drinks himself into Betty Ford. Shouts to the second best player to ever wear 23.