LeBron James finally won his first NBA title last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It took him longer than he would have hoped and that others anticipated, (nine NBA seasons) but it happened. Let’s all take a moment of silence for his first championship. Now that we just wasted yet another moment of our lives thinking about LeBron, I would like to address one question that has been on my mind since LeBron entered the league in 2003. “Who died and made LeBron James ‘King?’” His self-inflicted nickname, “King James,” is inappropriate and too cliché for his own goodWhat is a king without a ring? A king in my mind is an all-powerful being who rules for an extensive time period. LeBron hadn’t even put on a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey before signing a $90 million dollar contract with Nike. He was deemed King James before ever lacing up his sneakers for his first NBA game. Who made him ruler of a league he hadn’t even played for yet? And shouldn’t the king be the one with the most rings? This would make Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell king with 11 rings.
Everyone who knows the game of basketball would say that Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever play the game. Michael won 6 championships in the 1990’s with the Chicago Bulls. It did take Michael six years to finally win a championship, but he never deemed himself king. I guess media exposure has certainly sparked with the advances in technology, but that is no excuse to call yourself a king.
So LeBron’s first title was certainly a weight lifted off his back as he has grown to be a hated player in the NBA for the way he left Cleveland in 2010. When he joined the Miami Heat in 2010, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron had a press-frenzy in the summer at the Miami Heat’s arena. This is when LeBron announced that the Heat are going to win multi-championships saying: “Not two, not three… not six, not seven..” Well LeBron, you have one. Let’s start with that.By Stephen Bower Student Assistant The Romano Sports & Entertainment Agency