Monday , Dec , 14 , 2009 Oly Sandor

So You Think LeBron James Should Dance?

Once again, the old school gets it right. After all, the NBA is a players’ league, and the players need to assume more responsibility in terms of setting and policing appropriate boundaries. Unfortunately, most modern players differ from McHale’s generation in that they’re reluctant to offend. After all, the NBA is a small world. Everybody knows everybody. And everybody, it seems, is boys with everybody …


So You Think LeBron James Should Dance?Perhaps inspired by the popular FOX television show, LeBron James Thinks He Should Dance.

Unfortunately, James’ affinity for dancing during NBA games isn’t making Mary Murphy scream, moving Mia Michael to tears, or getting ‘Little C’ to call him ‘Buck’. He is, however, drawing a mixed reaction from his peers.

Most recently, legendary Boston Celtics post and former Minnesota Timberwolves executive and coach Kevin McHale weighed-in with thoughts on the gyrating superstar.

“If a guy was doing the Riverdance like that, coach would come over and say, ‘Who’s got the fewest amount of fouls of my big fellas?’” the ex Celtics and TNT analyst said recently. “If you raised your hand, he would say, ’We will let him drive and then we will throw him on the ground.”

‘When he is laying there we would say, ’Do you feel like dancing now?” 

Once again, the old school gets it right. After all, the NBA is a players’ league, and the players need to assume more responsibility in terms of setting and policing appropriate boundaries.

Unfortunately, most modern players differ from McHale’s generation in that they’re reluctant to offend. After all, the NBA is a small world. Everybody knows everybody. And  everybody, it seems, is boys with everybody.

So getting physical with James, one of the game’s greats, may have social consequences in an era when most opposing players hug before tip off, joke between breaks in action, and chat like old friends immediately after the final whistle.      

These relationships aren’t necessarily wrong. In fact, they’re understandable given that many NBA players have crossed paths in high school, college, or the pro game. However, these relationships are wrong when they come before teammates.

Flashback to last week. Joakim Noah, the fiery post for the Chicago Bulls, took exception to James and his Cleveland Cavaliers having their own little dance party during the final stages of a blow-out win.

The two had words. But Noah was out the game and wasn’t returning. One of his teammates should have pulled a McHale and committed a firm, professional foul on James the next time he went to the basket.

No Bull stepped-up, though. They weren’t bothered by the Cavaliers’ ‘Soultrain’ act or the lopsided score. Worst of all, in today’s buddy-buddy NBA, they weren’t bothered enough to support their teammate and go after James.

As Chicago showed, players are reluctant to police each other. Until this changes, James, regardless of the reviews, should keep dancing.

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