LeBron, I like you (||). You’re a freak with a legitimate chance to become the best NBA player ever (yes, better than Jordan.) You seem like a good enough guy who shows love for his hometown and who gets along well with his teammates. And I love watching you play basketball.
But you’re prone to moments of doucebaggery, mostly stemming from too much image control or immaturity. The latest example is your declaration that you’re “50-50” on participating in the 2010 dunk contest, which you promised you’d do last year.
“I’m like 50-50 right now,” he said Wednesday night before a game against Phoenix. “I don’t know if you can get it back to the 80’s and like in ’98 when Vince [Carter] was in it. It was more about the dunks and less about what was going on around the dunks. We’ll see what happens.”
When you made the statement that you would participate, every NBA fan, hardcore or casual, immediately circled the calendar date. Who wouldn’t want to see what the league’s greatest athlete could pull off? Personally I was hoping for the 360 flip dunk NBA Jam style. And it was something the league definitely needed; no disrespect to Nate Robinson but he’s not exactly ‘Nique or MJ.
Now, you’re hedging your bets. Why? Who knows. Maybe you want to create a little more buzz for the event and this is all a ploy. Or maybe you’re a little scared of the spotlight, knowing that you can’t really offer up anything that’s never been done. That you can’t possibly meet expectations.
Whichever it is, stop the chicanery. Keep your word, do your best and blow people’s minds. It’s what champions do. And that’s what you claim to be, right?”