Thursday, July 8, 2010



Are we cool? Are we cool? Ok, good.

Now look. Everybody in the world now has an opinion on LeBron James. Most of it has been pretty negative, and rightfully so. We've never seen anything like this, as far as an athlete holding the entire sports media hostage at his (or her. *stifles laughter*) behest. People also now have the perfect foil for his behavior in how Kevin Durant signed his new 5-year deal.

But let's hold on a minute. Are people all up in arms because he has his own hour-long ESPN LeBronathon? I mean, I don't necessarily care for it, but it also doesn't exactly affect me. I won't be watching. I can do any number of productive things with my life OTHER than sit on my couch and tear my hair out wondering where someone is going to play basketball in the fall.

There wasn't this much indignation when Bron was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, or was buying his mom an H2 before he had signed with a team. And what about the Buzz Bissinger book, movie, and accompanying soundtrack? We're used to seeing athletes in shitloads of commercials, so really, how is this all that different? Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson have reality shows. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh hired a film crew to follow them around throughout the last two weeks. Spike Lee followed around Kobe for "Kobe Doin' Work."

LeBron using media time to announce where he will play next year doesn't make him any different. It's just makes him a planner. Say he did it at a press conference at noon today. Do you really think that every news station wouldn't cut live to is, then ESPN would devote at least an hour to discussing it? Of course they would. Might as well have some sort of control in the operation.

Don't like it? Don't watch it. Don't like LeBron? There are plenty of people like you out there, just look in Boston, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, or any other Eastern Conference city that has seen him torch their team.

I like him because he's good at basketball. I'll devote an hour of my time watching him when he does that.


  1. You'll be watching. What else do you have going on at 8pm on a Thursday? Stop lying.

  2. Yoga. Reading. Playing video games. Cooking up some delicious food. Walking to the store to buy a can. Yeah, that's the one.

  3. It's pathetic. At least for all the people who hate on Lebron for doing this. If Lebron is "classless" then let's at least persecute every high school senior who throws away a Tennessee hat in favor of the Crimson Tide.
    Fact of the matter is this. The sports blogosphere used to be a place where you could go for logical/humorous/proletariat view on sports. Now it's simply a bastion of hipster douchebags trying to talk about sports. (Except Hall, Ufford, Gillet, Punte)

    Look at Drew's post. He knows nothing about basketball, doesnt't care about basketball, yet he thinks lebron is the devil. Why? because everyone else thinks lebron is the devil.

    Let's look at it for what it is. Lebron is making a job change and knock on (tiger) wood he hasn't been a complete asshole off the court. So let's just take a step back a stop being contrarian for fucks sake.
    ( looking at you big lead and the fucking drones who comment on your site)

    Now if you'll excuse me I have the wire on netflix.

  4. I respect the basketball and money decision, don't respect the unnecessary hour long public fu to the people of cleveland. That was completely unprecedented from any superstar of any sport.