Just Don’t Call Him King

LeBron James has his ring. Woo hoo.

from Volume 2, Issue 2 of Ramblin’ On

First off let’s get one thing straight: LeBron James is not in any way a king. Elvis was the king of rock n’ roll. Michael Jackson was called the king of pop when he was actually just the man who perfected 80s pop. By either standard, though, LeBron is not a king. Calling him ‘King James’ is also blasphemous so watch yourself.

Being anti-LeBron James has been easy ever since his infamous “Decision” broadcast where he announced his contract with the Miami Heat. At that time he seemed like an obnoxious, arrogant, attention-starved prick. The way he left Cleveland, his hometown and everything, was so despicable that he deserved every slander uttered by Cavaliers GM Chris Grant, whether the media or those influenced by them want to admit it or not.

The REAL King.

However since the backlash from the decision LeBron has steadily moved up the imaginary, yet no less powerful, PR rankings. He says the right things and seems nice enough. The good guy LeBron of his pre-Heat days that he shattered in light of the decision has seemed to resurface.

So, then, it is no longer practical to hate LeBron James. He made a mistake and he even apologized for it. Since then he has moved on and his personality has been downright likeable if you don’t look at it with anti-LeBron Horace Grants. Every time I hear anti-Lebron stuff on sports talk shows, in the beer hall, or wherever, I think to myself: Come on guys. Get over it.

The other end of the spectrum, of course, is LeBron adulation that is just as annoying. Perfect example: ESPN’s over-the-top masturbatory coverage after the Heat won the championship. If I took a shot every 5th time that obnoxious video of LeBron kissing the nameless basketball championship trophy played over following their victory I would have been on a serious bender. Or died.

The message to both sides is simple: get over it. So LeBron got his stupid championship. Haters, who care. Lovers, okay, celebrate, but in moderation, please.

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His writings on culture, music (including his own projects), sports, religion, and many other topics are cataloged regularly at Ramblin’ On. You can reach him via email here.



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