I like LeBron James. I really, really like him. AND, I'm not one of you bandwagon jumpers who needed LeBron to win his third NBA championship before you'd announce your affection for him. I felt this way before Sunday night.
What’s not to like? Heck, even if the Warriors had won, an argument could have been made for James to win the MVP. He almost averaged a triple double for the series; 33.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg and 8.8 apg. .
LeBron James has never been arrested, never selfied in the sack with “another” woman (or “women”), never been involved in drugs. The only -- and I mean only -- justified criticism of James is that stupid brain cramp of an idea called The Decision.
But I gave him a mulligan on that a long time ago. Like, when it happened. Why? Well, he wanted to win a championship and he took less money from the Heat for the chance to win one. How many players take less for a ring? (And we usually praise them when they do.) Then he went back, to win a title in his hometown.
I don’t believe this garbage that James will opt out of his Cavs’ deal and go elsewhere, like to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. Not a chance. He ain’t leaving the city that he just handed its first championship in 52 years.
Plus, Ohio is LeBron’s home. It's part of him. I could tell when he left Miami he was just happy to be going home, to the place where he first become famous. I know LeBron is a giant celebrity and was funny in the Nike ads when he played like five characters, but he doesn't seem Hollywood to me. He doesn't even seem Miami. Who the hell leaves Miami to go back to Cleveland?
Someone who's homesick, that’s who.
Is he the greatest player of all time? No. I still have Kareem, Magic and MJ above him. (Sorry, Minihane.) And sorry Green Teamers, but LeBron is better than Larry. Even Larry would admit that.
So he's not the greatest of all time. But he's the greatest active player, and now he's a three-timc champion.
Good for him.