When a high school prodigy gets a break in life and is blessed with super human abilities, no one can predict what will happen with his career going forward.
Many said he was the next best thing to Kobe Bryant. Some have even said the next best thing to Michael Jordan. But has anyone said the beginning of a new type of basketball player “The Lebron James”? Lets take a look at the struggles of the former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and really define what it takes to get to the “top of a league of abnormal human beings”!!
Defeat: Lebron has faced the ups and downs of every aspect of the game minus major Injury. He has been eliminated from playoffs early and late and denied a ring twice at times when the pressure was on him to bring it home!
Ridicule: Lebron has been the target of superstar hate since he stepped into the league as a boy by those that simply do not understand him, his move from Cleveland to pursue a championship. Other haters also include those that just don’t like basketball!!
Doubt: Many have said he will never be as good as Kobe and definitely not even close to Michael Jordan. They also said he will never get a ring!
In Answer to the Defeat: Look what he has done to create a winning path for himself. The move from Cleveland to Miami could not have been easy on him. He had to weigh what Cleveland fans thought, what the city of Cleveland thought and what his real fans thought.
He had to relocate not only himself but also his family, which is never easy. He then had to adapt to a whole new infrastructure of business not just the game. James had to learn new plays, new teammates and make new friends.
He had to sell to the “Believe in Me” theory to a whole new environment and fill an empty arena which lacked fans who did not believe in Miami Heat basketball anymore all while dealing with all of the “haters”!!
Changing his path from defeat to victory took an overwhelming amount of time and energy to learn exactly how to bring it home. He became a catalyst for perfection amongst his entire organization even to the point of showing respect for Celtics head coach Doc Rivers after a game seven victory and hushing teammate Mario Chalmers during a brief celebration in the fourth quarter of the championship game.
Maturity comes with the defeat of defeat! His smile and love for the game is second to none and his competitive edge is a force to be reckoned with! “Jordanesque” Even!! The answer to defeat is to WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
In Answer to Ridicule: How many of us in our daily lives give a real damn about what people think about us, especially when it comes to how much money we are looking to make to provide for our families as well as the personal satisfaction we need to feel a sense of achievement?
When a job is bad or terrible for us we pack up and move on…or get fired! So for those that say I don’t like the way he did it or he could have done it differently. You need to ask yourself when you are looking for that raise or that promotion and you don’t get it are you going to care how your boss feels when you say I have found something better that has a more positive outlook on my future? I Doubt it!
That alone should hush most people that have this tainted thought about how Lebron sought out an answer to his query which lead him to Miami with the goal of a brighter outlook for his future!!
Money and moves are involved that help an organization achieve the ultimate goal of bringing home that trophy! It is the same as Larry Ellison buying out software companies to help him continue to be on top of the software industry, or at least strive for it! In Lebron’s case he has done so with ridicule, but with ridicule comes a drive for success and this can only be measured as “worth it” for the outcome of Lebron’s now history!!
In Answer to Doubt: Who does not receive doubt when being compared to the greatest of anything in any business sport or competition? If your fifth grader brings home a painting that got an A+ and someone says that is as good as a Picasso someone else is going to say I doubt it. But it looks nice.
In Lebron’s case being compared to the G.O.A.T Michael Jordan and then the second coming G.O.A.T Kobe Bryant, it is a no brainer that he has not achieved all of the accolades that they have did.
He has however achieved something better in his own life that separates him from having to be on the same plateau of those two. That is called personal satisfaction.
Doubt usually leads to disappointment or success. It is a motivator in itself for those that are strong enough to deflect it and use it as a vehicle to get what they want most in life.
There no longer needs to be a comparison of Lebron to Kobe or MJ moving forward. No more comparisons of how he did it and what drove him to do it. That now over shadows the comparison topic and puts him in the realm of champions.
Lebron has climbed his mountain of life and has nowhere left to go but up to a higher mountain now and he definitely has a goal to reach. He has exemplified a great attitude this past season and let the world know he has learned from his mistakes.
He is by far one of the best to ever touch a basketball and will go down in history that way. With the many players that have set high standards for the NBA it is hard to just put him in the top ten of all time but without a doubt he is and will always be The number one of his TIME!! Congratulations Lebron James!
Mike Wright is a contributor to The Average Joe Show and covers basketball and football. Mike is a former High School All-American basketball player, California Player of the Year, Jr. Olympic high jumper and #1 HS Athlete of the year.
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