I think people need to lay off that kid, that’s what I think. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well playing on the Olympic team, and I think they just need to back up off him and just let him play and let him live his life. Let him make his decisions, let him mature as a player. “It’s tough to be under a microscope like that all the time. So I would like everyone to just back off him and let him play.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: First The Custodian. Now The Black Mamba.
Kobe Bryant has joined Brian Cardinal in the ‘LeBron James Apologists Club’, telling the world to ‘lay off’ and let the Miami Heat superstar live.
Sorry Kobe. LeBron is not a victim. Whatever pressure, scrutiny, and criticism he has endured over the last year has been mostly self-induced.
After all, James announced on national television he was leaving his home of Ohio to sign with the star-studded Miami Heat as a free agent.
Then James and the Heat held the 2011 championship celebration -eleven months before the NBA Finals were to be played. At this pre-emptive party James declared that his new team would win multiple championships.
Naturally, there was a backlash. Was the backlash fair? Was the backlash justified? Who knows?
However, it was predictable. A first year PR intern could have seen stormy times coming for James during the 2010-11 season.
Yet James refused to hire a PR firm to help his buddy from his AAU team that was clearly (mis)handling communications.
Kobe can have his opinion. He can even tell us his opinion. It won’t change James' predicament. Only James can do that.
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