Wednesday, September 1, 2010
LeBron James Must Dominate Just To Maintain
Upon reading Andre Iguodola proclaim that Team USA teammate Kevin Durant will become the break the all-time scoring record I had this reaction - enough.
Enough with the mission to turn Kevin Durant into the chosen one. I have not even checked into the all-time list other than the fact that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored over 38,000 points while KD has scored under 6,000, which means Durant is not even a sixth of the way there.
I understand that people are excited that KD is scoring 30 ppg at 21, but the passing of the torch is premature.
I thought LBJ was being a pretentious jerk last year when he was defiantly informing reporters that he could win the scoring title every year if he wanted to, but now I feel he has to just to get the credit he deserves. Also, it would be nice if he led the league in assists and rebounds by playing point guard on offense and center on defense, just because he can.
Clearly, that is unrealistic, but it seems he would have to get the basketball equivalent of the Triple Crown just to get back people's respect. It seems he really has spoiled a lot of people. I am really annoyed by this - I did not spend seven years being told I was a witness only to have him devalue as soon as he uttered the words "I am taking my talents to South Beach".
The debate was usually between LeBron and Kobe with Wade a distant third. Then, Wade dropped out of the top 3 for the flavor of the season - from CP3 to Carmelo to Durant - and that was blatantly inaccurate and offensive.
However, for LBJ to get knocked off his throne due to an unpopular decision seems even more blasphemous. From the looks of it, he will need to step his game up to unprecedented levels in order to prevent this perceptual fall from grace.