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More reasons to HATE Lebron James: because he’s an idiot

November 13, 2009
Lebron = King Dumb-Dumb.

Lebron = King Dumb-Dumb.

Whoa. In my preseason breakdown of why I am beginning to hate Lebron just as much as Kobe, this whole ordeal about Lebron wanting the league to retire the #23 out of respect for Michael Jordan surfaces. Lebron wants to start a petition for the league to not allow any player to wear #23 and get everyone in the league to sign it. Lebron plans on changing his jersey to #6 after this year out of respect for what MJ did to the game.

I’m not judging, Lebron, but maybe skipping college turned out to be a bad idea.

Maybe you missed the lesson on WHY Jackie Robinson’s number 42 is retired in all of baseball?
Maybe you missed the lesson on WHICH players in the NBA really made it possible for current players like you, Kobe, and D-Wade to play?
Maybe you’re… just an idiot?

“I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon,” James said. “There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.

He can’t get the logo, and if he can’t, something has to be done. I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. I’m starting a petition, and I’ve got to get everyone in the NBA to sign it. Now, if I’m not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it.”

Stan Van Gundy made a thoughtful and sensible comment on the matter (maybe the only time he’s ever uttered anything that I’ve actually listened to and agreed with):

“It’s a nice gesture, but he (Jordan) is not Jackie Robinson. Baseball did it because it had historical significance,” Van Gundy said. “There actually were guys before Michael who could play the game. Then you should retire numbers that (Bill) Russell, Wilt (Chamberlain), and certainly Oscar (Robertson) wore. I understand LeBron didn’t grow up watching those guys, but still. ”

Let’s get some things, straight, Lebron:

Bill Russell: The Truest Winner of All Sports (11x champion).

Bill Russell: The Truest Winner of All Sports (11x champion).

  • Bill Russell was an African-American player that was drafted by a white coach to play for an all-white team and that was seen as taboo enough.
  • Bill Russell has 11 championship rings and plenty of MVP awards to boot to establish himself as one of the all-time great athletes– regardless of race, religion, creed, etc.
  • Bill Russell was also the first African-American coach in the NBA.
  • Bill Russell was chosen for a reason to be the name of the NBA Finals MVP award: 11 rings.
  • Bill Russell’s number should be retired throughout the league if anyone will have their number restricted, NOT Michael Jordan’s.

And yes, Lebron, Bill Russell wore #6.
Like Ice Cube said, “So come on and chickity check yourself before you wreck yourself”.

Also keep in mind, Kobe already changed his number so Lebron is yet again just stealing everyone else’s move and calling them his own (like the KG rosin bit). There were plenty of reasons why Kobe did this (post-rape, up 1 on MJ) but I’m sure a driving force was a business move– he could sell twice as many jerseys now and get twice as much from royalties. This is coming from the guy that wanted to charge people membership fees to his damn website. So Lebron: what’s next?

Yup. KG started doing this when you were in diapers, son.

Yup. KG started doing this when you were in diapers, son.

You can do some additional reading on the nonsense below (and word to SI and ESPN: stop reporting about the 2010 off-season free agency spree: there’s an entire season to play before then!):

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2009 10:27 pm

    Excellent post Loscy. Thanks. Some of these youngsters just don’t get it man..

    • November 13, 2009 11:26 pm

      What’s the best way to reinforce this message to Lebron? How about Bill Russell slapping Lebron in the face with 5 rings on one hand and then slap him again with his OTHER 6 rings on?

      ‘Nuff said.

  2. KingJames permalink
    December 21, 2009 6:00 pm

    I didn’t agree with you, did you ever think about it that the way Bill Russell played basketball is mutch different then the way Micheal Jordan or Lebron James does it. I don’t know any one how shoots like MJ on every situation on every fade-away! And LeBron James is one of the best allrounder ever! so why are you making such a big thing about it when wants to change is number! It’s his decision if he wants it or not! And one thing at last don’t compare Centers with Guards!

    • December 21, 2009 6:14 pm

      Think about LBJ’s reasoning: because MJ was so good the league should retire his number? In all of sports, only one other number is retired: #42 in baseball. The ramifications of retiring a number is huge: it is a statement. It means something more than the game. MJ was quite possibly one of the best players to ever play (top 5, maybe even top 3), and when all is said and done, LBJ would crack into that top 5, too. But that’s not why MLB retired Jackie Robinson’s number. They retired his number because he encapsulated so much of what it meant to be courageous, strong, and downright amazing to truly crack the color barrier and be damn good at baseball at the same time.

      Bill Russell was the first African-American coach out of any professional sports team. And yes, he did it while playing… and leading his team to 2 titles. That’s on top of 9 previous titles.

      So whichever argument you want to use, whether MJ was the greatest ever (clearly wasn’t) or whether MJ transcended something big in the game and as a result reflective of critique on society (he didn’t), then no, #23 will not be retired.

      LBJ is a talented son of a bitch, but also unsportsmanlike and at times, a meathead.

      But, I do agree with you that you can’t compare centers with guards. But what you can do is compare titles as a means to show who was a winner: 11 v. 6.


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