By Michael L Rautins
Since Tuesday night when the Cavs lost to the Hawks 104-95 in overtime, all eyes have been on Lebron. Wait a minute. Aren’t they always on Lebron? That is exactly why walking off the court with 15 seconds left in the game, after missing a 3, cannot happen. James is the biggest specimen in the petri dish we call the NBA these days. Knowing this, James has to be careful in his actions, as difficult as it may be at times. With the fame and fortune of being an NBA superstar comes the responsibility of carrying yourself in such a manner that is professional. To James’ defense, I couldn’t imagine having every little move I make being dissected. Thing is, I didn’t just sign a 3 year contract extension worth about 60 million dollars.
With new shoes on the market, entertaining commercials, and games televised nationally every week, the media is neglecting to mention the most influenced demographic by James and his actions. The kids. How unimportant is this incident when kids who idolize James walk off the court the next time their frustrated? I grew up playing basketball in my driveway with my tongue hanging out and fading away. What will this generation do?
Nike says, “We are all witnesses.” Watch this commercial and you tell me if I’m overreacting.