James Represents Power to the Players?
There is a chance that rank-and-file NBA players will begin to cave in the coming weeks, when the first paychecks are missed. But there is a growing fear that these players are bold enough to reject the owners on pride and principle, especially if they’re led by the audacity of (LeBron) James.
From the moment he became a national sensation as a high school phenomenon, James has played by his own rules. He will not be controlled by coaches, owners or team executives. He pursues his own happiness without apologies. His decision to flee Cleveland for South Beach regardless of image or consequence rocked the NBA to its core.
Many in the media chastised James for his actions. Many NBA legends criticized James for joining someone else’s team, for breaking away from the superstar archetype. Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley were appalled, and Magic Johnson still is poking fun at the NBA’s ring-less leader.
But inside the game, it’s a different story. Among a new generation of players and fans alike, James is more than the best basketball player on the planet.
He represents power and freedom, an athlete unchained by the boundaries of conformity.