LeBron James is Overrated and You Can’t Convince Me Otherwise

Lebron James

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles the ball up the court against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, March 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Alright people, this article is probably going to tick some of you off. But guess what? I don’t care. I am sick and tired of Lebron James continually being anointed as the greatest of all time. He is overrated and arrogant. Here’s why.

The “Teammate”

Aren’t teammates supposed to make people better? Not once has Lebron made anyone he played with any better than they already were. Michael Jordan did that on a regular basis. He challenged the people he played with and gave them movotation. LeBron’s ego has been so big for so long, and it’s come to the point where he believes he’s the only person that matters.

Remember when Kyrie was still with the Celtics and they were playing the Cavs to see who would go to the finals? Lebron was asked about Kyrie. He had said how he was trying to “help the kid” and was ready to “give him the keys” and of course, he used the word “I” a lot. First of all, no matter how you feel about Kyrie, you have to admit that this sounded pretty disrespectful. Second of all, starting all of your sentences with I does not help your case. Lebron made it seem like he was the only voice or opinion that mattered, as always. Basically he said I alone can make him great when really he didn’t care about any of that. Lebron was only focused on padding his stats and only plays defense when we wants to. He’s always been like that. More about this can be found in this article.

The Trend

Ever notice that Lebron leaves a team when things aren’t going his way? Think about it.

  1. Leaving Cleveland the first time to join a super team
  2. Forming the super team in Miami then leave when they weren’t winning enough championships
  3. Telling everyone who he wanted to play with in Cleveland only to blow up the team when things weren’t going well
  4. Burning Cleveland AGAIN when it was clear they weren’t going to win again even after all of his guys were brought in

Why This Matters

Lebron feels he has more power than the coach, GM, and owner. By the way, he also pushed his head coach out of the way during a game in 2015. That is incredibly disrespectful, and the video of it is right here. He would ignore play calls from Luke Walton, try to influence who is on the roster, and quit on the floor when things weren’t going well. You can find an article about ignoring the play calls here.

Look at the first round sweep against Phoenix. When he dropped his dead and just walked back on defense, that is just a microcosm of who he is. All he has shown is he is a spoiled brat who has been babied his entire life all because he was good at sports. Lebron James can’t handle adversity, and that showed when he walked off the floor with five minutes left in game three. We also can’t forget that in the 2018 finals he crossed his arms pouted like a smug rich kid who got his new toy taken away from him. And again, there were plenty of times when he was slow getting back on defense. Don’t believe me? Everything I mentioned is in this video. Frank Vogel said he walked off so he can get treatment for his ankle, but that just sounds like an excuse.

Eddie House was even quoted saying that James quit on the team in the 2011 finals vs the Mavericks. In that series, he averaged 6.5 points a game in 17.5 minutes per game.

Eddie House Quote: Sporting News

“I can’t get over the fact he didn’t show up in Dallas. Not only because I was on the team, but the fact he was the best player and everybody was dependent on him to show up and do what he does, and he was M.I.A. He had a bad series. Jordan never had that. People killed James Harden for having a bad series last year … but you going to say somebody who quit in the Finals, [at] the end of everything, when all the marbles are on the table, that he’s the greatest of all time? I can’t buy it.”

Big Picture

Jordan took his lumps. CP3 has done the same. Giannis is doing that too. Playing in the NBA is hard work, and Lebron has done everything in his power to avoid a challenging situation and cheat the game. Even with a team with himself, Dwayne Wade, Ray Allen, and Chris Bosh on it, the alpha males couldn’t get out of their own way. James called his time in Miami going to college since he never went. Just sounds like another excuse, because of course it is never his fault. Did he mature at all in Miami? Nope. Was there any difference in him after leaving the Heat? Absolutely not. He is still the same pompous player, and he always will be. Calling him King James will only keep it going.

Did Jordan ever pull any stunts to try to accelerate his career? He did not. Was MJ ever thinking he had more authority than the coach, owner, or GM? Never. At any point did Michael Jordan scorch the earth to get what he wanted? No, he worked for it. If this doesn’t settle the debate, then I don’t know what does.

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