Monday Smiles – 6/13/2011

If you are a regular reader, you know that I was in Arizona babysitting our grandkids this weekend and you’d probably guess that Monday Smiles would be about them.  Not this week.  You might expect a post about a play we’ve seen or a bit of nostalgia that makes me smile, maybe some flowers or wildlife I saw along the Santa Ana River.   Not this week.   Every once in a while, I post about sports, using some sporting event as a springboard to make a point about life.  Not this time.  This is a purely sports post with no socially redeeming value, so I’ll understand if you skip it.

The NBA Finals ended on Sunday night.   Now, my preferred outcome would have been the Lakers hoisting another Larry O’Brien Trophy and a victory parade in L.A. next week.   It was not to be … the Dallas Mavericks swept my Lakers in the second round of the playoffs.  Normally that would mean several days of gloom, followed by several weeks of passing interest in those teams still playing.  However, the finals matched those same Mavericks against the Miami Heat, featuring the Big Three … Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the most egotistical player ever to play the game, LeBron James.   LeBron James, who was nicknamed King James from day one and actually refers to himself that way … who wanted us to be a Witness, but what we got to witness was The King disappearing in crucial playoff games.   LeBron James not only walked away from his home town team, he embarrassed it on national television in an ego-fest known as The Decision, then appeared in an overblown welcome party in Miami where he promised not six, not seven championships … but more.

The Mavericks, on the other hand, are a hardworking team featuring one often-maligned superstar, Dirk Novitski, and a team of aging players like Jason Terry and Jason Kidd.  And, as I result, I followed the finals with a zeal usually reserved for my Lakers or the USC Trojans.  And guess what … the TEAM beat The King and his court.

Here’s what the supposed King said about the Heat loss: Any time you feel like you get to the top of the mountain and you fall off, there’s definitely a personal failure.  It’s always personal with James, never about the team.  Then he said, At the end of the day, all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.  Yes, we mortals have to go back to our ordinary lives and The King learns nothing.  After the game, James tweeted, The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time. Right now isn’t the time.  The King’s failures fall on the broad shoulders of The Greater Man upstairs.  Please.  Get some humility.

It’s Monday.  A basketball team playing like a team defeated a collection of individual egos.  King James is still the King of Nothing.  That’s good for sports.   Older Eyes, the sport fan, is smiling.

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4 Comments on “Monday Smiles – 6/13/2011”

  1. While this post may have been about sports -which I don’t dislike overall but am not a big basketball fan because I’ve never followed the game at all and thus, don’t understand much of it -but anyway, I enjoyed reading this. Why? Because yes I am familiar from sports news being sandwiched in between local, national and weather news on the evening broadcasts and such but I never knew all the things you explained here about “The King.” Reading that and knowing you would never post something that was an untruth, even if it pertained to your favorite team(s), gave me a better understanding about the various stories often on the sports broadcasts about LeBron James. And I understand -and agree completely too -with your take on him and his actions/attitude.
    A darned good, big dose of humility DEFINITELY should be his order of the day!

  2. RC Says:

    Declared as the next “NBA superstar” while he was still a sophomore in High School, LeBron showed great potential.
    When he unsuccessfully tried to sign into the NBA draft without finishing HS his Junior year, he demostrated a little bit of that ego that I feel has keeps him from getting the allusive “ring.”
    I think a college ball career could have done him some good.
    I must admit, I was a fan until he switched to Miami in what appeared to be a public and an unsportsman-like manner.
    I’m glad to see Dallas come out on top. Good for them.

  3. oldereyes Says:

    I think I’m more surprised when a touted athlete turns out to be a good person than when they are jerks. I don’t think the adolescent psyche can deal with constantly being told, “You’re wonderful.” Perhaps if LeBRon had a coach like John Wooden or MIke Krzyzewski, he’d have been a real KIng.

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