Irish Coffee: LeBron James, wrong again
|02.24.11 at 12:03 pm ET|
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After the Celtics defeated the Heat for the third time this season, I had a conversation with a friend of mine who’s also an avid NBA fan, and we came up with a theory that LeBron James has Michael Jackson Syndrome.
Essentially, he’s been so famous from a such a young age that he has no idea what normal people do in their everyday lives — much less any concept of what those people think about him. That’s why he says stuff like this:
“Everybody’s bringing their talents to the East,” James said. “It’s going to be fun. We came here to team up, and we knew we were starting a trend. Teams are going to have to load up because the competition level is rising.”
Did he really bring up the “bringing their talents” garbage again? For the past eight months, everyone and their mother has mocked LeBron’s infamous “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” quote from his idiotic Decision ordeal. Even Paul Pierce gave him a jab, tweeting, “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents ot South Beach” after another Celtics win over the Heat.
It’s as though James still doesn’t recognize that he’s been the butt of that joke for almost a year. That’s why James does stuff like blame the negative reaction to The Decision on racism, tweet “Karma is a bitch” when the Cavaliers get blown out by the Lakers and wear an “LBJ MVP” t-shirt after his team gets bounced from the playoffs. He has Michael Jackson Syndrome.
As for his second point — that his Heat started this trend of stars joining forces — not everybody agrees with him on that one, either (shocking, I know) – Amare Stoudemire included:
“I think that started when Kevin Garnett came to the East,’ Stoudemire said. ‘Everybody seemed to trickle over. I think that the East is now a serious powerhouse.’
Nevermind the fact that the Knicks and Celtics have now formed their nuclei through trades. Other than that, LeBron was totally right.
KNICKS KNOW THEIR ROLE
Not all NBA players have trouble grasping reality. While New York fans bask in the glow of the Carmelo Anthony trade, Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni and star power forward Stoudemire understand that the deal doesn’t put them much closer to a title right now.
“We think we moved the rock ahead a little bit,” D’Antoni told the New York Daily News. “But don’t get carried away thinking we’re challenging Miami, Boston, all those teams. We’re just not there yet.”
“Those guys have been playing together for a good little time now, Miami more so just this season,” Stoudemire told the New York Post. ” But Boston for years. Boston, I look at the elite team in the East and Chicago’s right there. It’s not easy. It’s not going to get any easier for us now because the target’s on our back. Teams are going to be eager to play against us.”
HITTING THE CELTICS LINKS
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