There might be one good thing that arises from catching the flu; and I don't mean missing class. Besides taking a break from academics, the flu offers you endless hours of watching television, checking Facebook, and glancing at Twitter updates. One thing I noticed that has been in the headlines for a while, but I never paid much attention to, was about Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward Lebron James. At the end of the 2009-10 season, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) coined "chosen one" will be a free agent, and be the sole focus for nearly half of the entire league. The entire off-season this summer will be a circus as a matter of fact, where superstar names such as Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, and Dwayne Wade will be under the radar as well.
But the most interesting story to me is Lebron James. He is the only one that seems to be talked about on a daily basis, as if it is understood that all the others will remain the centerpiece for their prospective teams. As much of a critic of the young superstar that I am, I can't deny that he is the future face of the NBA. Lebron's biggest flaw however, is that he doesn't and won't have is what it takes to bring back the NBA to its former heights. He will never be able to do for the game of basketball what people like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, or Magic Johnson did, and it's not all his fault. None of those players I just mentioned had television cameras and news reporters in their faces before they were a high school upper-classman. What those players did have although that the so-called "king" lacks is selflessness.
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