Nowadays, people are getting famous too easily. A couple of scouts pass by a park and see one kid hit a single jumpshot, and they're all over him, working him out like heck. "The Next Jordan" doesn't come when you expect him to; People think there has to be a next Michael every year. Thats how players turn out to be flukes, and not what we expected them to be.
Being compared to someone of Jordans caliber is a high honor, and it shouldn't be wasted on kids who can just plain play this game. If they prove themselves worthy in the next coming years, then they should be recognized. I don't think there will quite be another Jordan. But the fact that everyone expects there to be each year, makes others them think differently.
The next Jordan doesn't have to come every year. He could come 100 years from now. He may never come at all. The fact of the matter is, that for LeBron, the rest of these kids, and their fans, is that only to be the best, you've got to earn it. People should realize that Michael Jordan made his way to the top not by hype, but with years of hard work and experience. LeBron hasn't even played an NBA season game yet.
I am not writing this because I do not favor LeBron or any of these players coming in, but because I would like to make a statement for those who expect too much. I would expect him to be not another Jordan or Magic Johnson, but rather another Jason Richardson or Darius Miles. One who's game spectacular, but very raw and cannot lead their team victoris night in and night out.
LeBron James' game is very similar to that of Vince Carter. He can hardly shoot a jumpshot, but peoople say thats all coverd because he can "rebound." But who can't rebound when you are 6 foot 8 inches tall, and are playing with high school kids half your size?
If he had gone to college, and survied well there, then I think he would deserve all the hype. This is why I favor Carmello rather than LeBron. He has proven himself worthy by leading his team to an NCAA title his freshman year. I say this because he is not only a highlight reel, but a team motivator as did Michael, unlike some who come into this league. Think about it, wouldn't you feel more comfortable with Carmello than LeBron? I personally would. I would say that the title as "The Next Micael Jordan" would be better beside Carmello Anthony's name. He's definitely earned it. Maybe not yet as such an honorable title, but as a great player in the future. At least he's proven himself, and I think that's all that matters.
We've seen what he can do. We've seen that LeBron James can play with high shcool kids. LeBron has displayed some of the most unbelievable and ridiculous hype i've ever seen, or heard of, as my years as a basketball fan, and I think that it will turn out to be one of the biggest embarassments Cleveland has seen. Their naive approach to the game made them think that he would be a better investment than Carmello. Is he? Only time will tell, and theres no reason to "fast foward" the season so soon.
I've also have seen this in many players such as Ndudi Ebi, Macije Lampe, and Kendrick Perkins, who all have been compared to three of the greatest players this league has seen in Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitski, and Shaquille O'Neal, without even ever setting foot on an NBA court to begin with. Everyone doesn't always have to be the next somebody, why can't they be themselves and not have to worry about all the pressure that's on them to preform like the player they expect him to be?
We'll all see. And so will LeBron. I've seen this in many of the overhyped players, like Yao. You all see that he did not live up to all the hype. They expected him to be the next Shaq. He averaged 11 points a game. The only question I have for all of the players that are overhyped is, "Will they actually live up to the hype, or will they turn out to be like Yao?" A complete embarrassment to all who expected too much.
I am not at all critisizing Yao's game, it's just that people thought he would give Shaq some real competition. Did he? Sure, in blocks, but he knew, and everyone did also that he had no chance in the post alone with O'Neal. Yet they still created (or tried to create) a rivalry that was never meant to be. Players these days have it easy. Players then had to earn every single thing they put out on the court. This is a perfect example of todays expectations, and I just hope that in the future, the NBA fans will save themselves the humiliation and really think about who really deserves the credit.
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on Sat Oct 04, 2003 11:09 am, edited 1 time in total.