Monday Morning Starting Five: Mike, You Played In A Different Era So Kill That Noise About LeBron Playing in Miami
LeBron will make decisions…both good and bad
Disclaimer: Born in the Philly area. Everyone knows this. Relevant because until some crazy catastrophe happens and the record books are wiped clean, Wilt Chamberlain, IMO, is the GOAT. Yes he only won two titles but he should have more MVP’s than four. Check the stats. Going up against the best centers of all time (when the league had fewer teams) night in and night out and still putting up 50 and 25 (amazingly did not win MVP) is all I need to know. Never a follower so all the sentiment against Wilt being the GOAT does not wash my mind…
That being said, the player most consider the best of all time, Michael Jordan, was asked to comment on LeBron’s free agency choice. He doesn’t agree with LeBron going to Miami. Check the video after the links below for his exact words.
Listen fam. Coming from a man who never took a stand on anything, to hear your comments strike as pop culture pandering, irresponsible, shortsighted and revisionist. You don’t know what you would have done in LeBron’s shoes because yes, Republicans buy them too. Also, you didn’t have the pressure to win out the box. LeBron did and it had nothing to do with being the King. His talent was highlighted because of your accomplishments and also those iconic before you. You are arguably the greatest player of all time but to say you wouldn’t have joined Magic, Larry, Patrick or Chuck during your era is absurd. Those players were bound by long term contracts and there wasn’t the movement you see today. Yes it was a different time and a value was placed on loyalty and supreme competition but it’s different now. The money is different now. You did everything you could do to get that money. Correct? I wanted you to succeed as a baseball player. You took the leap, it didn’t work out and your fans still loved you when 3 more titles lay in wait. LeBron is young. He’s taking his leap. His legacy is his. Let him find his mind as you did yours.
LeBron never had his Scottie in Cleveland, he now has his Michael.
Oh…this isn’t about LeBron not signing with Chicago is it?
It seems folks are upset personally because of a decision made by an individual. Cats with mics are searching for anyone and everyone with intentions of getting that quote to appease the masses.
This world is getting crazier by the second. How does an athlete beloved by many become such an abomination? What does that say about us? People are losing their cotdamn minds agonizing over an athlete not of their name. Funny how professional sports is characterized as entertainment yet so much emotion is involved with The Decision. There are more important things going on. Trust.
To the links…
Study: Tibetans underwent the fastest evolution in human history (CNN International)
The War Against Tupac: A Conversation with John Potash
The Music Industry’s Funny Money (The Root)
Actress Vonetta McGee Dies at 65 (Eurweb)
A Wake-Up Call in Oakland by Davey D (The Root)
Heat Supporting Cast (Contains Wade’s comments that are causing a ruckus) Has Become Better Than Expected (FanHouse)
Jackson Defends his Reaction to Gilbert’s Letter (Sports Radio Interviews)
Ashley Fox’s fine piece on Andy Reid. Definitive. I connect because I am a Dad. Eagles fans should enjoy. I used to be one of those cats… (Philly)
Mike’s LeBron comments…