“We’re not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint … we’re a top-heavy team. I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization,” James said of winning the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship, according to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd. “I just hope we not satisfied. How hard it was to do that s***. I just hope we’re not satisfied.”
James added following the 124-122 loss in New Orleans, via ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin: “It’s like when you don’t have bodies. It’s tough. The f***ing grind of the regular season. We’re a top-heavy team. We have a top-heavy team. We top-heavy as s***. It’s me, [Irving], [Love]. It’s top-heavy.”
There’s not an athlete in my lifetime that has made my blood boil more than Lebron James. In addition to being a Celtics fan, I hate him for all the same reasons everyone else does. The dramatics, the flopping, The Decision, “Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4…,” the self-appointed “King” nickname, the anti-clutch gene, the Crab Dribble, etc. All of that is pretty beat to death at this point, so I’m not gonna go any further with the classic Lebron hate.
Instead, I actually want to give Lebron credit. For once in my life I agree with what he’s saying. To clarify, I don’t agree with his take that the Cavs necessarily need another playmaker. No, you’re the best player in the league, with a top 10 and a top 25 guy on each side. When you’re Lebron James you shouldn’t need more than that. But I understand what he’s doing, and I think it’s the right move at the right time. The Cavs are slumping hard, it’s almost the All-Star break, and he’s starting to see that the entire team, ownership, and fan base is basically saying, “Eh fuck it. We got our title.”
Lebron is a lot of things – a drama queen, a narcissist, a pussy – but he’s definitely not an idiot. He realizes that he has maybe four solid years as a top 3 player in the league left before he’ll start declining. And now that he’s achieved the main goal of bringing Cleveland their first championship, he’s turned his attention on the ultimate career goal of tying MJ with six rings. You can pretty much pencil the Cavs into the finals for the next three years, so he wants to capitalize on all of those opportunities. This little freakout to the media was just his way of getting the Cavs franchise and the city of Cleveland’s attention and smacking them into shape. Now that he’s given them what they so desperately wanted, it’s time for everyone else to step up and help him achieve legendary status with his remaining years in the league.
Again, not a Lebron guy by any means. But he’s got a point here, and while some people will call this classic Lebron being a baby, I see his long-term thought process.
Side note: googled “Lebron James.”
Then google’d Michael Jordan…
I take back everything I just said.