Monday , Nov , 17 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Lebron This Lebron That

Call me a hater, but I’m sick, and tired of all the hype surrounding Lebron James. Let’s face the facts…. he’s done nothing yet! (Unless you think a 3-7 start is impressive) There are 37 guys in the league right now who are averaging more points an outing. Including the likes of Matt Hapring, Larry Hughes, Cuttino Mobley, and Michael Redd just to name a few. (Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but love for these guys, but where’s the buzz on them?) Now I know you’re gonna say, hold on a minute, James is a team player, it’s not all about scoring points, he dishes the rock (6.4 assists per game). Yeah, that’s true, but he also is fifth in the league with 3.7 turnovers a night.

In fact since we’re talking stats, the only category The Chosen One is even close to being the league leader in is Turnovers Per Game. Come on all-ready, sure BronBron might on day live up to his King James moniker, but today just isn’t the day! How about give some love where love is due! What about a guy like Scottie Pippen? Scottie’s an old school player, out there doing it for other reasons than just the dollar bill. (I’m not saying Lebron is only in it for the money, but with his numbers, and his team’s record, he could have fooled me!) Scottie’s put in hard work many for years, managed six NBA Championships, and has been named one of the 50 best ever to pick up the ball. (Now that’s what I’m talking about.) This year Pippen returned ‘home’ to the Chicago Bulls to finish his illustrious career. He did so to help nurture the Bulls young players and lead his old team in right direction for their future. To date Chicago is 4-7, not great, but still better than the Majesties Cavs.

Lebron forgive me, I like you as a player, just not an NBA one yet. Trust me, you needed a year or two in College. Coach K, Roy Williams, a guy like that would have been the best thing that could have happened to you. They teach how to win, and how to do so at the highest level. They ooze with maximizing talent, and demand your best every night. Lebron most likely won’t even be this seasons NBA Rookie of the Year, and to tell you the truth, James has nothing on Carmelo Anthony. Melo is the real deal; he’s one of those guys that can truly do whatever he wants with the ball! Drive the middle, (no problem). Take the long jumper in you face, (all day). And just to make you look stupid, he’ll throw down a dunk where most would just lay it up. Anthony also comes with credentials. (Do I have to remind you?) Last season at Syracuse he as a freshman led the Orange-Men to a National Championship Title, and was named the best newcomer in the country. Anthony had no choice but to jump ship for the NBA! What more could he do for ‘Cuse? But, back to lackluster Lebron. I know I’m being hard on you, but it’s just because a love you so much! (Yeah right! You never believed it when your parents said it to you, don’t believe it now.) James do yourself a favor, don’t just sit back and lace up your 90 million dollar Nike’s, play once you have them on. Be the star you want us to think you are. Make the Sports Center gang mention you with some wins next to Cleveland’s name. Let’s not forget you somehow are touted The Chosen One, so now would be a good time to stand out. It’s not like you haven’t had ten regular season games to ‘warm up.’ I’m left with no choice, but to ask – Lebron James, please show us something, or get out of the way for someone who will!