When I sat down to write this post...I was totally stuck. This isn't my season. There's no college basketball. There's no football. There's baseball, but I'm having a hard time to get excited about baseball this year. I had nothing to talk about.
So...as I always do when I'm stuck on a post...I called SJ and asked him what I should write about. He suggested a post about LeBron James. Specifically, he wanted me to write about how everyone should stop being such a LeBron hater.
The problem is...I'm one of those LeBron haters. To be fair...I really dislike the NBA and everything related to the NBA. But LeBron and his ego just rub me the wrong way. How could I possibly tell everyone to stop hating LeBron when I can't stand him? I told SJ to convince me.
First, he pointed out that LeBron is not a criminal. While that shouldn't be a big deal, in a league filled with thugs and wanna-be thugs, not being a criminal is something to be lauded. LeBron may have smoked pot in high school, but he wasn't a drug dealer and he wasn't out stealing cars or selling guns or doing other illegal activities. He was playing basketball and staying out of trouble. No one is accusing him of rape or cheating on his fiance with hookers and porn stars. The guy stays out of trouble.
Next SJ told me that despite his move to Florida, LeBron is still involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Akron, OH. He supports the charity and works with the kids there. In fact, he supports several children's charities. Really...I can't find anything wrong with a guy who takes time out of his schedule to help kids and give back. I just can't.
It kind of makes sense that LeBron is the way he is. People have been stroking his ego and telling him how amazing he is since he was a high school sophomore. He ended up in the NBA with way too much fame and way too much money way too early. He was immature and there was no way for him to stay level headed and grounded with all of that. It also doesn't help that he dumped his whole management team and surrounded himself with his friends...who are just as dumb and immature as he is. It was the first in a string of stupid decisions that led him to being one of the most hated figures in sports.
But I wonder if SJ is right. Maybe we should all stop hating LeBron so much. Maybe we should try to forget the idiotic stuff he's done and focus instead on the fact that he's really not that bad of a guy. Maybe we should all just sit back and enjoy watching him play.