Jester James

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Jester James                                                                                                                   Commentary By Marc Farzetta

The arguments between old and young men over who was the greatest basketball player in history, dropped a name from the mix Thursday night. The two names “Wilt” and “Michael” are the names that get argued over the most when the discussion gets brought up, with of course honorable mention to “Magic”, Larry, Russell, and now Kobe with 5 rings.  But one name that should be stricken from the record is the fraud of a “Great” LeBron James.

None of the aforementioned names threw up the white flag so early in their careers and made such a mad cry for help the way LeBron did. Now “Jester” James scampers off to a real King’s Court to try and learn the ways of a champion. Lebron will now be a cog in Dwayne Wade’s wheel. Lebron will be the star and leading scorer, but Wade will make him a champion.

The baller formally known as “King” seemed to be well on his way to building a Jordan-Like reign of his own in Cleveland. He was 22 years old and took a team to the finals practically by himself. Jordan didn’t get to a Final until he was 27. Now at 25, James has won MVP’s, a scoring title and has shown he could perform in the playoffs. He also had an owner in Dan Gilbert that, despite recent comments did try to get LeBron help in his home town. Gilbert was willing to support and pay acquisitions such as Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, and Shaquille O’Neal. Its not like James was left out to dry after they made it to the Finals in ‘07. Pieces to building a champion were there with of course one of the supposed greatest ever, in LeBron honing his skills.

If “the once and former King” is as good as advertised, why leave a team that seemed to be on the upswing and was committed to winning so early in his career? Maybe because he’s not that good and doesn’t deserve to be in conversations of the greatest ever, any more. A great scorer? Sure. A great regular season winner? Absolutely. But not a champion. Jordan, Magic, Bird, and Russell made their teams champions. James, with this bitter drawn out exodus from the Cavs, is inadvertently admitting he’s not good enough to be in the conversation of the “Greatest.” He’s going to someone else’s team to help them win another.

This move would make sense to me if James was 32 years old and still hadn’t won anything, which is unlikely because it’s not like the league is getting better around him. Kobe is not getting any younger. The Celtics showed their age in the Finals. The Spurs have come and gone. Will the next dynasty please stand up? Not many people have a problem with a guy like Ray Bourque leaving the Bruins to finally win a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche. This is an athlete, in his prime, already being compared to the greats, leaving in desperation for help.

Sports are more than just who was better than who, on paper. Its about Legacy; how a player obtained their greatness. That’s what we really argue about. Jordan accomplished all his greatness with the Bulls as players improved around him. “Jester” James is running to a ready made team. That’s fine if he wants to win championships, which of course is the goal, but if he wants to have a legacy compared to that of Wilt, Jordan, Magic and so on…he’s thrown that honor away.

  • Patti

    I think everyone is missing the most important point. James wanted to play with his two buddies. They are like little kids who want to play on the same team. Miami was the one place it could happen. Of course, having the trio on one team makes James, Wade and Bosh believe their combined talent will guarantee championships (we’ll see), but they want the fun of friends playing together.

  • David Kennedy

    Jordan joined the league in 84 and won his first title in 91. Previous to that he had his coach fired and numerous players removed from the team. This is confirmed by Jordan himself. I’m not the biggest Lebron fan but he is not the only person the hypocritical media should portray as a backstabber, egotistical, self indulgent, societal deginerate. Let’s be real for at least a year and a half the all powerful media conglemorate ESPN has hailed the non-self proclaimed “King James” as greatest free agent in history. Team executives negligently cleared salaries leaving their teams desolate and non-competitive. This has been a circus that Lebron and his advisors unfortunately subcomb to, put Lebron’s neck in a noose and helped him off a cliff. To say Lebron, Wade and Bosh has ruined free agency is truly ridiculous. They still have to build a team and who doesn’t want to play amongst friends. This isn’t the first dynasty. You can say its synthetic or fabricated but the truth is Miami had the executives, the location and the cap space. Yea Jordan stayed but he wouldn’t have if Chicago didn’t properly build a team. I feel for the city of Cleveland but the ownership was reckless themselves depending on Lebron James’ loyalty to his home. As a rookie they got rid of Carlos Boozer. Ilgauskas was always injured. Role players were just good. Last year they got an old Shaq who couldn’t mirror 40% percent of himself if he was on super steroids and Antwaan Jamison never showed up to play. He never had that other special player. Futhermore, as much as I like Coach Davis he did to Lebron what I witness with Allen Iverson in the pass (“Hey Lebron we can’t score so take the ball at the top of the key and do whatever you think is needed to win”). Recently A-Rod needed Jeter, Shaq had Kobe, Shaq needed Wade, Kobe needed Gasol, Garnett needed Pierce, Allen and even Rondo. In the past Dr. J needed Holy Moses, Philly needed Rose, Green Bay needed White, and L.A. needed Gretzky. In the past dynasty where basically because of tradition and geography. I don’t agree with how Lebron handled the free agency but lets not be hypocritical. Go Sixers thumbs down to the rest of the league.

  • Yo Mo

    LEAVE LEBRON ALONE!!! He has the right to leave Cleveland. Cleveland does not own Lebron, and they didn’t make Lebron. If anything, Lebron made the Cavaliers. I heard a sick WIP commentator who comes on at 3pm actually call Lebron at “thug”. “Thug? Come On Man!!! For what? exercising his contractual right? That’s not “keepin it real, Genius”. The Cavaliers’ GM is at fault for not getting Lebron help. I agree that LJ made this a little too public, and should not have had the show. But leave him alone. The owner of Cavs should be ashamed of himself. He’s the one that is a disgrace to the NBA. Just because you grow up in a town does not mean you must be confined to that box to forever stay there. That’s a small town mentality. As for the jersey burners, they are cowards that need to GET A LIFE!!!!! (did I tell you that I am mad about this? lol)

  • Chuck Bailer

    I couldn’t agree more with what Mark said. James could win 6 straight titles with Wade and he’ll still never be compared to the greats because he did it as a 2nd wheel on Wade’s team! Lebron may be a talented player but he’s a total fraud as a leader and a person!

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