Thursday, June 28, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
James all smiles
If you were tuned into game five of the NBA Finals last Thursday you probably couldn’t miss LeBron James doing his kingly dance after being taken out of the last and final minutes of what proved to be the championship game. The words above seemed to match the sounds coming out of his mouth and explain the gyrations of his body. If you watched the game from its inception then you also know that he never let a smile cross his countenance even when he opened the game with a three ball. He shot Kevin Durant a knowing glance which showed neither mirth nor rancor.
Going back to his early high school days, James was reportedly known for his charm and smile (personally, I always thought he had a strange resemblance to the “Bluto” character in “Popeye” ), a smile that was gone until he left the floor in that Game Five. The former star, and then the scourge, of the Cavaliers of Cleveland appeared to have suddenly realized the celebrity which his prediction of three years had just created, couldn’t forbear to smile.
The King’s former coach at Cleveland who had termed James a selfish ingrate when the super star had uttered the fateful words, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach,” might consider retracting those words now that the new MVP of the playoffs is making the “talk show” rounds. James is often alluding to his humble beginnings and the ordeals of his devoted mother. His $90 million contract with Nike just adds to the reward (I wonder if he is cognizant of the fact that he has a distant cousin in Mississippi whose name just happens to be Vinson?).
In the weeks to come, one will probably continue to hear of the comparisons of James with the great Michael Jordan, currently majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (the first and only former NBA star to reach that distinction), who is still creating history.
One very noticeable fact of the entire playoffs was the absence of real flagrant acts of unsportsmanlike conduct. Oh, there was the bouncing of a ball off of the head of Dwyane Wade by a fan (opposing), throwing a cup of beer on LeBron James as he walked through the tunnel and the $25,000 fine incurred by Kevin Garnett for refusing to talk to the media. Other minor on-court skirmishes were quickly controlled by the officials.
I have no qualms about giving the last word in this article to the OKC Thunder. If allowed to stay intact, they have a team for the future.
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