Joe-Pinions: Sports

8 July 2010 – LeBron James = Hubris Personified

Posted in Basketball by txtmstrjoe on 08/07/2010

I am sick of LeBron James.

Dude has never won anything of any worth whatsoever.  What’s more, at a time when his team needed him to be at his greatest, he folded faster than a hold ’em player with nothing but a high “6” single in hand.

I am sick of hearing about the self-manufactured hype and drama over his next professional basketball team.

That’s really all this fawning and attention all over sports talk radio, ESPN, FSN, the sports pages, various sports-themed internet forums, and almost all other sports information outlets is:  self-manufactured hype and drama.

I am sick of the assertion, even the mere suggestion, that this personification of all that is wrong about professional sports today is the heir apparent to the mantle and distinction of being the “greatest basketball player of all time.”

Puhleeze.  LBJ may be the vastly superior athlete, but he’ll never be greater than Larry Bird.  He’s not even greater than Kobe Bryant.  He’s not worthy enough to carry Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s shoes, much less be considered to be worthy of stepping into them.

And yes, I think Larry Bird is the greatest basketball player of all time.  All you Jordan worshippers can start drowning me in your Hateorade if you wish.


The arrogance of LeBron James is astounding.  The man’s hubris is off the charts.  Self-belief and self-confidence are virtues, vital components in any competitive athlete’s psyche.  But jack those levels up as if on steroids and hGH, and all you get is an unwieldy mess that rages out of control that undermines the athlete.

I mean, what’s more arrogant than having the gall to call yourself KING JAMES?  Reports are that this seemingly natural nickname was self-assigned.  (So, apparently, was Kobe’s “Black Mamba,” but honestly, “Black Mamba” is not nearly as annoying nor arrogant as LBJ’s.  I mean, Kobe’s arguably earned the right to give himself a cool nickname.  Not that that’s my thing personally, but honestly, the guy’s been a multiple champion.  LBJ?  Um…)  Not only that, but the dude totally acts like he should be treated by everyone – be it the sports media, fans, even billionaire businessmen – like royalty.

What angers me even more is that there are people (ESPN, I’m looking at you yo-yos) who will whore themselves out in service to LeBron’s whims, further feeding the man’s egomania.  Yes, ESPN is a whore for giving LeBron air time to announce his decision on which team’s money he’ll be taking.

No doubt, the brass at ESPN have decided to do that since, hey, he’s LeBron James!  And everyone is already on tenterhooks dying to know where the King will be playing starting next year, so let’s just exploit it and make a good stash of scratch while we’re at it.

Nobody told them, though, that LeBron is the king of nothing.

Actually, let me rephrase that.

LeBron James is the King of Nothing But Hubris.

He’s never won anything other than individual awards such as the regular season NBA MVP award, and if he keeps up his self-aggrandizing, self-indulgent, SELFISH and ARROGANT ways, that’s all the official awards he’ll collect.

Unofficially, yet no less real, he’ll also be the all-time greatest Professional Athlete Worthy of Nothing But Utter Contempt.

No one in my recollection even comes close.  Not Mike Tyson.  Not “his airness,” Michael Jordan.  Not Ben Roethlisberger, nor Barry Bonds.  Not O.J. Simpson.  Not even that utterly useless Tiger Woods, dirtbag adulterer who’s really only just a golfer.  (I mean, really.  Is there a more overrated game than golf?  It’s a great test of skill, sure.  But it’s not more athletic than chess, in my opinion.)

Hell, not even Michael Schumacher is more deserving.  And for those who know who Schumi is and what my personal opinion of the man is, that’s really saying something.

By the end of today, we’ll (finally) know what team will overpay for LeBron James’ services for goodness-knows-how-many-years.  There will be royal proclamations from the King of Nothing But Hubris’s court that it was an agonizing decision, that he really thought long and hard about all this, that inevitably there will be lots of disappointed teams and suitors and fans and how painful it is to acknowledge that you just can’t make everyone happy, but at the end of the day he had to think of himself and do what’s best for himself through whatever rationale he’ll use to justify his decision.

At least The King of Nothing But Hubris will be speaking honestly when he says that, because really this entire (and entirely) cynical episode that used to be just a run-of-the-mill NBA free agency period boils down to LeBron Doing Everything For LeBron, and playing as many chumps (media, fans, team owners) for suckers as possible in his game for attention.

So bring it on, King of Nothing But Hubris, make your decision announcement on ESPN’s air and make the whole thing seem like it’s a day that will change basketball as we know it forever (or whatever nonsense you promised it will be, several months ago, even before the Boston Celtics bounced you and your erstwhile team out of the playoffs).  As far as I’m concerned, it changes nothing.

You’ve long been the King of Nothing.  For now and forever, so also shall you be the King of Nothing But Hubris as well.

Long live the King!

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  1. thlnk3r said, on 08/07/2010 at 09:38

    “All you Jordan worshippers can start drowning me in your Hateorade if you wish…”

    Lol too funny

    Honestly ESPN is just milking this whole thing. Too much marketing. Would there be this much hype if Kobe was changing teams?…I wonder

    • txtmstrjoe said, on 08/07/2010 at 09:45

      ESPN and LBJ are using each other, for sure.

      As to whether or not Kobe would do something similar if he was in a similar situation, I don’t know. I’d like to think he had more class. On the other hand, even when Kobe indulges in his power trips, he doesn’t seek the kind of attention LBJ has, and in the ways LBJ has.

      Bottom line is, I think LBJ’s ego is about as out of control as I’ve ever seen any person’s has ever been. His egomania is worse than even Oprah, which is saying something.

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