By Josh Kramer
It was once said, “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” Learning is a major part of a society. One should strive to learn something new each and every day. It is a prerequisite towards success in life. This applies to all people. Even those that are referred to as the “King.”
I am of course referring to none other than the most tantalizing figure in sports, LeBron James. Sure “Tebow Mania” and “Linsanity” are big draws, but neither can sustain the media craze the way that LBJ can. Well it appears LeBron James has learned a valuable lesson. People love heroics. People also love courage. Courage is looked at as a major positive no matter who you talk to. Sure LeBron still will have to get the monkey of his back come June in showing late game heroics at NBA Finals time, but he is currently demonstrating toughness. James will play through the pain of a dislocated ring finger on his non-shooting hand.
LeBron was quoted as saying, “I’ll be ready. I hate using injuries as an excuse. If I’m in uniform, then I should be good to go. The only recovery for it, the doctors told me, was rest. And I think we all know I’m having none of that (courtesy of ESPN.com)”
It appears LeBron has taken a page out of the Kobe Bryant book. There are plenty of Kobe-haters out there. But nobody will ever question Bryant’s toughness or late game heroics. Kobe’s combination of toughness and clutchness are two of his most appealing attributes. LeBron has a long ways to go in showing that he possesses the clutch gene. But he is on his way to claiming the toughness attribute.
It is no secret that LeBron James is a freak athlete. Standing 6 foot 8 and 250 pounds, nobody would ever question this guy in a back alley late at night. Many believe that he could be a Pro Bowl NFL tight end within the next year if he chose to. A very similar type of player to Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints. I have never agreed with this statement. James has always seemed to struggle with bumps and bruises throughout his career. Nobody would ever describe James as “tough” like Kobe Bryant or Allen Iverson (was).
LBJ is finally learning. People love athletes that can play through pain. Heck, Tim Tebow won over the state of Florida by playing a high school football game on a broken leg during his junior year. Willis Reed still owns the heart of New York for limping out onto the court for Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Many memorable instances in sports revolve around athletes playing through insurmountable pain. LeBron has been in the NBA for nearly nine years now and has been under the national spotlight for a good 11 or 12 years. James is still only 27-years-old. He has plenty of learning and growing up to do still no matter how mature he looks due to his herculean outward appearance.
I for one am proud of the King. All people are capable of learning no matter what position they find themselves in. Unfortunately, the clutch gene will not be as simple to learn for James.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.