By Julia Chongarlides
“I am taking my talents to South Beach,” said the infamous LBJ. And, that is exactly what he did. Two years later, there is still hype along with masses of hatred towards Lebron James. And, this is all, because he left his home state for a better opportunity in Miami. Lebron’s final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers ended in a loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. But being apart of the “Big Three” in Miami landed him in the NBA Finals. There is nothing wrong with taking a better opportunity if it approaches itself.
Lebron now has experienced, talented players surrounding him, which improves his play. LBJ is averaging an increase of .8% rebounds for Heat. Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem, Lebron’s current teammates, won the NBA Championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat. And this season LBJ is playing with 9 players that have at least five years experience in the NBA.
Wade and LBJ have an unspoken continuity that is breath taking when seen live. During last week’s game at Boston, Wade stole the ball and automatically chucked the ball across court to Lebron, who dunked for an easy two points. It’s as if they have ESP. This bond happens very seldom in sports.
LBJ has NOT broken any laws, acquired any DUIs, beaten his wife, or caught up in any sexual accusations. So, why is everything he does under a microscope of negativity? Just last month, he offered to take pictures with servicemen when the team’s plane stopped in Oklahoma to re-fuel. He, actually, was the ringleader of the whole operation.
Lebron James is now 27 years old and still learning how to talk to the media. Remember, he never went to college and got that growing experience that most players develop. College provides experience speaking in front of the media while giving players a taste of fame before entering the big league.
That being said, LBJ has done nothing wrong or against the law so stop YOUR HATING, life will go on.