LeBron "Tupac" James, "You Can Hate Me Now"!
LeBron James in a 60-minute interview on ESPN hosted by Jim Gray went from the All-American guy who played in his hometown state to the new "Allen Iverson" or "Tupac of the NBA." When LeBron announced that he was going to South Beach he was saying to all the haters you can really "Hate Me Now."
For over a month "All Eyes Were on LeBron", and LeBron strutted around like Tupac or a young Iverson. The media hype to his free-agent announcement was titled "The Decision" as if it was a world premiere music video that everyone had to see to say, I saw it first.
LeBron has been recognized over the past 3-years as the #1 player that personified the hoops and hip-hop culture. The last player to wear that crown was Allen Iverson. Iverson held that distinction for over a decade.
James for 7-seasons was portrayed as the nice guy and is now the bad one. LeBron now has that bulls-eye on his chest by fans and the establishment that was once reserved for Allen Iverson. When Iverson was 25-years old he was an MVP like James but, was considered an anti-hero by many but a culture hero by others.
The others being the hoops and hip-hop culture generation who says, "It's my world and I play by my own rules". LeBron last night did just that played the media and also the Cleveland Cavalier fans by bringing them to the edge of their seats pulling the chair away looking them in the face and, then say oops! my bad, or sorry ya'll this ain't personal its strictly business.
James traded in his #23, ‘Like Mike’ number for the #6; being the second coming of A.I. (2x3=6). Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat already wears the Iverson popularized #3 jersey.
LeBron will forever be viewed as the star that needed other stars to win it all. Some might say he didn't have that killer instinct that sits in your belly and comes out when all the cards are put on the table. Even if he wins 2, 3, or 4 championships he will be forever judged as a second-level legend to Magic, Bird, Jordan, and even Kobe.
When LeBron wins a championship and most certainly he will win one. When he sips the champagne will he just enjoy the moment or spit out the bubbly like Sean "Diddy" Combs and say "You Can Hate Me Now" I'm an NBA Champion, and I did it my way!