“How fragile is LeBron James’ ego?
Well, you might recall two years ago when a college kid dunked on the superstar – at the LeBron James Skills Academy, no less. Did LeBron take it in stride? No, he had videotape of the embarrassment confiscated.
Now, it seems LeBron has turned the tables by dunking over another amateur competitor at a summer basketball camp – a child who looks to be roughly middle school age.
Apparently, James found himself in a competitive game of knockout at a New Jersey summer hoops camp, CBSSports.com’s Ben Golliver reports. After bricking a few 3-pointers, James chased down a rebound and charged toward the hoop to dunk it.” CBSnews.com
Shockingly, I am in Lebron’s corner for this one. The rules of knockout are very simple. You avoid getting “knocked” out by any means necessary, and at times that may mean steam-trucking a 12-year-old inner city kid. If the unaware middle schoolers wanted a 6’8 genetic super hero to play in a game of “knock out”, they should have been prepared to take a knee or a two to the sternum.
Here’s why Lebron isn’t in the wrong:
1) Kids provoked this:
Everyone has played with kids before. You give them a pity win or two then all of a sudden they think they are God’s gift. Then the trash talking chatter begins when they attempt to demoralize a grown man. The average man can only take so much for so long from a snot nosed kid, and Lebron isn’t any different. This group of kids needed a brief reminder what a man is capable of doing, and if the kid that was made example of is unable to walk for the rest of his life then so be it. Welcome to the food chain little guy.
2) No more losing:
Lebron just lost in the NBA Finals about a month ago. Emotionally, he must be holding on by a string. And what can cut that string is hundreds of middle school kids screaming in a gym. I’m surprised the echos didn’t give Lebron an acoustic mental breakdown, but the last thing he was going to do was lose…to kids.
3) “I don’t care anymore”:
I hope this is Lebron James’ new mindset, because I would really start to root for him. Although he has stated in past press conferences and interviews that he “doesn’t care” what people think, it was pretty evident that he did. Hopefully now he doesn’t, because it would mean that he cares more about his game than his image. If Lebron can develop a legitimate “bad boy” attitude he will hands down be the scariest player in the league. And developing a “bad boy/I don’t care anymore what anyone thinks” mentality starts by decapitating youngsters at a basketball camp.