Oh yeah, I was in college at the time. We would frequent uptown clubs and bars. Ever other time we would go out, we would see him. It was ridiculous. On a side note, I once saw Emeka Okafor at a club that has been renamed a few times, "Forum"...he was probably one of the chillest and polite athletes I have ever talked to. Very kind dude. Was sad to see him leave Charlotte. Just because he wasn't as good as Dwight Howard, doesn't mean this fan didn't appreciate the work he put in here.
Come on Batman, you are better than that. A bucket is a bucket, inside the paint or not. Why should it matter were the basket comes from as long as the percentage is there? Obviously MJ had a better shot, but Lebron is much better using his frame in the lane than MJ was. What kills me about MJ and Lebron comparisons is that they play the game with completely different styles. Lebron's numbers also show the era he is playing in, as he makes his living being a brute in the lane and from behind the arc, while MJ ate up the midrange game that was more indicative of his time. Lebron is a PF/SF with a power game. MJ was a SG with a graceful game. All that being said, this game is a team sport. People give Lebron the Dan Marino treatment. Much like Dan, Lebron has had to carry teams. The more I look at the Heat, even those teams were flawed. Sure you Had the big three, but the team was poorly built beyond that. They never had a post presence or a strong enforcer/rebounder. MJ played with Rodman, Grant, and his teams had multiple 7 footers clogging the lane defensively. Phil Jackson and co. knew how to build teams that lacked glaring weaknesses. Without the injuries, this year Cavs team would have been the most balanced team Lebron has ever been a part of regarding talent, and he has had to wait until his 30's for that to finally happen.
I'm pretty sure slow, unathletic, "destined to be a role player", drafted in the second round Carlos Boozer has vastly exceeded expectations. A couple all star appearances, five years or so averaging a double double, and consistently being a force down low with a solid midrange game. The whole league slept on this man on draft night. And to think that many expected Sean May to be more successful.
Yes, excuses are excuses. Excellent observation. I never held Lebron to MJ's standard. That being said, MJ is done, and Lebron is the best in the world now. Lebron hate kills me. Cleveland was relevant...Lebron leaves...they turn to poo and remain that way while he carries the Heat...Lebron comes back...Cleveland goes from pathetic to Eastern Conference Champs. Is he MJ? No, since it is impossible to completely replicate a human being and their achievements. But he is Lebron, the best player of his generation in the entire world and it isn't even debatable. Hate him or love him, anyone that disagrees either doesn't have a television or does not know basketball.
It would be nice if people would stop hating on the best player in the world, but I guess that comes with the territory. I get disliking him. He annoys me at times. He has the worst "cry to the refs" face I think I have ever seen, but I am fully aware he is the best player and the only one that should be considered for the lead in another Space Jam.
I'm not saying you should not talk about it, but I advise letting it go, as I have had to do with Biz. Otherwise you will let something you can't control piss you off... I also suggest a vacation to Miami like I just had. It was a blast, and I didn't give two sheets about sports for a week.
I consider myself knowledgeable (says every guy would isn't knowledgeable...) and I saw the lost value in letting Biz go. I've been a fan of Kemba for a long time and he is much better than given credit for. I think a stretch 4 with a consistent jumper is going to do wonders for him, and I believe he will have a career year regarding his efficiency. Also, to stay on topic slightly, I am glad we are giving Harrison a chance. He just looks like a guy that belongs in the league NBA. Seemed very comfortable in Summer League.