Words of Advice for Lebron James

From the looks of blogs and columns across the country today, Lebron James is going to take a penciled whipping for his play in the NBA Finals.  Whether just or unjust, it’s part of being the most recognizable athlete in the world. 

As of three zeros appearing on the game clock last night, the 2010-2011 NBA season is over so let’s look to the future rather than harp on the past.  I’ve come up with a couple of tips for Lebron in surviving what looks to be a loooonnng summer. 

LISTEN TO M.J.: No not that M.J., but the late Michael Jackson. 

“Who am I, to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs… They follow each other on the wind ya’ know… That’s why I want you to know…

I’m starting with the man in the mirror…I’m asking him to change his ways”

Yes I went there. If you want to make Lebron’s world a better place, you’re going to have to humble yourself.  The media thrives off of you and when you’re spewing off arrogant sometimes ignorant answers to their loaded questions, you only make it easier for them to criticize. 

You can act as if you’re blind to the fact, but you are aware that all it takes is one scribe to pen a Lebron insert a negative phrase here column and the rest will follow.  If you need an example, mimic that of Mark Cuban’s in the playoffs this year.  Limit your comments until after you win your ring and return to being an asshole afterwards. 

LET ‘EM HANG: Let’s be honest, you’re a frontrunner.  The Lebron who’s leading doesn’t resemble the Lebron whose trailing or in a closely contested series or game and this has to be addressed.  Your crunch time play in “either way” contests is average and brings the words timid and scared to mind. 

You can’t be afraid to miss a shot.  I’m 1000 percent sure that your teammates, critics, and supporters alike would prefer you take a shot with three defenders draping off of you as opposed to passing to the likes of Udonis Haslem or Jamario Moon. 

Neither Michael Jordan nor Kobe Bryant made every shot, but they never feared the moment.  Stand up to the moment and it will become a lot more simple.

LOOK TO THE LOGO: Your teams are 0-2 in NBA finals series with a 2-8 overall record.  The model for the emblem on your jersey, well his teams were 1-8 in the NBA finals.  It took the great Jerry West seven trips to the finals before he emerged victorious. 

You’re only 26 and have never suffered a mild injury let alone a serious one.  There will be more finals trips and sooner or later you’ll be fitted for a ring.  If you start to get down about your trips to the finals, just look to the logo for inspiration.

5 thoughts on “Words of Advice for Lebron James

  • Another bit of advice: give Hakeem Olajuwon a call. Or someone. You are seen as not a closer because you don’t have a go to move in the post when it’s crunch time. That’s where you win games. Trying to rely on a jumper bails the defense out and makes it easier for them to mount a run when you miss. you must always be expanding your game and this seems to be the only weakness you need to address.

  • Real good advice. Lebron’s biggest problem is his arrogance. He is one of the best basketball players of all time however he is one of the worst when it comes to humility and public relations (especially under pressure). I was just telling my girlfriend before the finals, besides the decision spectacle, his guaranteeing 7 or more rings and the way the Heat announced the big 3, Lebron has been pretty quite and humble this year. Then the finals roll around and his childlike behavior from earlier years came back. You could see the arrogance coming back to the forefront, especially when he and D-Wade were mocking Dirk and coughing for the press. Then after the game for him to say us normal people are gonna wake up tomorrow and still have our problems while his family lives good, that is really childish. He doesn’t handle adversity well and needs an advisor to direct him on how to speak in public.
    Also Lebron needs to learn how to say I made a mistake. He continues to make these stupid moves because he never thinks he’s wrong. It’s ok to say that you don’t regret things in life because the good and bad both make you who you are now, but you have to acknowledge when you are wrong to prevent from doing these things again.
    From dancing on the sidelines during a blowout to the decision to coughing to mock Dirk, he’s done alot of childish things, but own up to them Lebron so that you can improve. On the court you are one of the best, but off the court you needs serious improvement……

    • I think his outward arrogance is more so a sign of immaturity, a defense against all the legitimate critiques about his game, and the extremely embarrassing personal information that finds its way into the public than any real sense of thinking he’s better than anyone. The average person isn’t in his peer group, and his peers have the same or better than him, so…
      A lot of people would rather be able to act like they held back for some reason so they can say they could’ve done more, rather than admit that they gave their all and came up short. If I lived my life in the public eye–a public who there is an entire documentary that shows has not wished him well for most of his life–I doubt if I could be vulnerable, and admit to my short comings either.
      With that said, as long as he chooses to wear the moniker “King James” and play like a prince, I’m slandering short comings. If he drops the moniker, I’m doubling my slander. As long as he says stupid stuff, I’m mocking it. And as long as his big ass thinks he can pull off a salmon colored suit, well…

  • Dear Lebron,
    I’ve watched you for 8 years now on the edge of my couch waiting for you to take the throne… Now that the finals are over I must speak the truth regarding you as I see it. I really feel you should listen! Though I’m only an average guy who works a 9 to 5, I have wisdom and experience that amounts to a wealth of benefit.

    King, you went str8 to the NBA and it’s starting to show. You lack some fundamental skills that would have been acquired in college. You’re superior build and athletic prowess cannot make up for your lack of lost post moves or a consistent jumps hot. There also seems to be an issue with your decision making in crunch time. No worry though king, I gotcha! Here’s a list of things you can do to elevate your game and reign supreme.

    1. You’re position has to be defined and focused on. Yes you do have the ability to play 4 positions, but that only serves well in case of necessity. Are you a point guard or a forward? At this point we your loyal subjects don’t know??? I say you concentrate on being a point guard and work out with Magic Johnson this off season. He basically shares your same stature and uncanny passing ability. He’ll teach you to stop bullying your way to the rim help you develop a tear drop, baby hook, and floater. He also had a great post up game for a guard.

    2. Get with Karl Malone. He was one of the greatest power forwards ever to play and you can learn his low post game. I see his likeness in you. Playing with your back to the basket is a must with your size, speed, and strength.

    3. Forget about the 3 point shot. Concentrate on a consistent short distance jumper. M.J. and Kobe had to develop it to save their careers because your “ups” will eventually leave you.

    4. Lastly and most important, get some religion in your life! Worship the King of all Kings God Almighty! Realize that your are mere flesh covered by skin, supported by bones. There is no might or strength except by God. Worship him alone without any partner or intercessor. If your humble enough to do this this he’ll exalt you on and off the court, and in this life and the next. For help with this you have to get with Hakeem The Dream!

    Listen, I’m not even gonna charge you for this advice even though I could use the $$$!

    Peace, Love and Championships…

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