"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team.' "But things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."Over the past few months I've written multiple articles criticizing Lebron for not being like Jordan and selling out. While both of these things I still believe to be true, I've also realized that at the end of the day it's a waste of time to dwell on a topic that ultimately has no real conclusion. I think we can all agree that the one hour "Decision" was in poor taste by Lebron and the people around him. It made me sick watching it. When Jim Gray asked him if he still bites his fingernails it made me throw up a little bit in my mouth. But a new era is upon us so I guess we better get used to it.
It should be clear now that Lebron never wanted to be Jordan. We all just wanted him to be. You are either born with the killer instinct or you aren't and Lebron was not. Sure he wants to win titles, but I think there's more to it than that. He wants to play with his friends and hang around South Beach. He doesn't want to have to shoulder a city's hopes on his shoulders every night. At the end of the day we have to remember he's a 25 year old kid.
A part of me is glad this all happened because the Lebron/Jordan comparison is now officially over. But it makes me kind of mad at myself for spending so many hours arguing this point. Anyone who has watched the two should've known all along they weren't anything alike. The modern era is just as much about business as it is winning. With more money to be made this shouldn't be surprising to people. Is it depressing to the old school fan? Yes, it is. However, we all better get used to it because this is what we are going to see for a long time. From now on I'm concentrating on how the Celtics can bring banner#18. I'll let the pundits argue about Lebron's legacy. Bring on the Heat. Karl Dillinger 7/19/2010 08:45:00 PM Tweet Edit