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What I Learned From The 2011 NBA Finals

So the Mavericks won. All is right in this world, as the super-team came away with nothing, just like 28 other teams. All of those on Team AntiHeat are parading the streets in celebration. Players like Dirk, and Jason Kidd now have the ring they so rightly deserve, after stellar performances in the years before. This quite possibly was the most entertaining, well-balanced Finals I have watched as a basketball fan. The games were close, down to the wire, and just plain exciting to watch, something that’s been missing in years before in my opinion. But, despite the pre-season celebration, “The Decision”, crygate, and Dirk’s sickness, the Mavs still did it, and won it for America (and by America I mean everywhere except Miami).

Now, I’m not one to nitpick, but there were a few things that irked me after Game 6 that made me want to write about them, and they have to do with Lebron James. First, I am no Lebron hater. The man is a superior talent who proves it every night. But, some things he did during these finals really sent me over the edge. I’ve stuck up for Lebron before, saying people need to let it go and get off his back, but no more. After the clock struck 0.0, Dwayne Wade went and shook hands with the Mavs players and staff. What did Lebron do? he made a straight B-Line to the locker room, exactly what he did after losing to Orlando with Cleveland. This annoys me. It’s one thing to be competitive, but to be such a sore loser is an all time low. I understand it’s a big stage and losing hurts, but give credit where credit is due and congratulate the other team on the victory they earned, whether you like it or not. I don’t mind the arrogance on the court because it adds a type of swagger about Lebron, but when you pull a stunt like, especially to players like Jason Kidd, who has been a class act his whole career, that’s uncalled for and ridiculous.

The second thing that made me facepalm also happened after the game. Lebron and Wade did what they usually do and entered the press conference together, which is fine. When asked how he felt about the people rooting against him tonight, Lebron stated, AND I QUOTE,”At the end of the day, all of the people that were rooting for me to fail, tomorrow they’ll have to wake up and have the same life that [they had] before they woke up today. They got the same personal problems they had today and I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things I want to do.” Now, basically, in general terms, Lebron is saying that tomorrow morning we all have to go work our boring jobs and he can wake up and do nothing, except maybe buy 6 ferraris to drive down in South Beach. This is arrogant, and annoying. I’m not sure why that annoyed me so much, but when he comes out and basically says “I don’t care I’m richer than my haters anyway”, that’s pretty much where I draw the line.

I was rooting for the Mavericks since the Magic were ousted, so I’m happy. I was pretty much Anyone but the Heat at this point. But Lebron James has made it almost impossible for me to like him, or root for him anymore. He’s a selfish, arrogant person and until he learns to grow up, I hope he wins nothing.