LeBron James has been an exemplary player and citizen during his seven years in the NBA. Growing up in Akron, Ohio he was fortunate to play up the road in Cleveland in front of family and friends. He was generous with his time and his money and many young people benefited from that generosity. All of that goodwill may have imploded on July 8th during his one hour self promotion in which he declared that he was taking his “talents to South Beach.” LeBron has a right to play for any team – I have no beef with that, but all he had to do was make a simple statement at a press conference surrounded by his new employer and coach. LeBron chose the Boys and Girls Club on Greenwich Connecticut as the site for the royal announcement.
Greenwich Connecticut? You’d have to send out
search party to find any underprivileged people in Greenwich. LeBron
didn’t even have the courtesy to call his boss, Cavaliers owner Dan
Gilbert, and tell him the news personally. Gilbert found out like all of
us – during the royal announcement. The whole affair smacked of “me,
me, me.” The King fell off his throne that night, young people, who
looked up to him, will probably still emulate him and that will be the
saddest fallout from the royal decision. LeBron has gone from the most
popular player in the NBA to public enemy #1 around the league. This
King has lost more than his crown.