Yes, you read that right.
What if your mum came home one day and told you that she had just divorced your Dad?
You’d be pretty shocked right?
Now imagine if just a week later she walked in with 6ft 9in, 113kg LeBron James and told you that he was now your stepdad?
I’m going to go out on a limb and say you would probably hate him. How could he replace the Dad you grew up to love so soon?
Despite all of this, it wouldn’t necessarily make him a bad person though, right?
He could be the best bloke you have ever met, but you would still have a strong dislike towards him.
Let me explain.
The 2020 NBA playoffs have just begun and we are about 4 games in for each series, yet here we are with the same keyboard warriors doubting the King for some reason?
It can’t be because of the way he has played this season?
LeBron has averaged 25 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists across the 67 games he has played in 2020 and it is that 10.2 that is most impressive.
In Year 17 that is his career high in assists adding credence to the fact that he could have played PG his whole career and been the best one we have ever seen. After years of flirting with this “Point-Bron” alter-ego in Cleveland he finally has the teammates around him who he can rely on to consistently make shots. It’s pretty simple really, the Lakers offence does not follow a certain style or system because LeBron is the system.
You can hate that all you want but I would argue that he is the greatest basketball mind in the history of the game. Magic was incredible and Chris Paul sees passes that just shouldn’t be possible, but LeBron, he knows what you are going to do before you do.
A story that I love to refer to when looking at this is one from Iman Shumpert. He of course played with the King on the Cavs and he highlights this from their time together:
“There were times where you've got somebody who has been red-hot, and they're running it off, and we're like, 'Um, the scouting report said...', and he'd be like, 'Yeah, but I let him shoot that because in the left corner he only shoots 26 percent. He shoots 46 percent from three, but he only shoots 26 percent from the left corner.
"And you'd be like, 'Yes sir.'
"... He made me feel like I didn't do my homework."
So if he hasn’t been playing any worse why do people think that this criticism is justified?
Why do people still hate LeBron as their new stepdad for no particular reason?
Is it the ‘Playoff struggle’ that he is currently on?
I mean, surely not right?
In Game One against Portland he had 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists?
He was the first person in NBA history to have that stat line and it wasn’t his fault that AD shot 8-24 and 0-5 from three, let alone the struggles the rest of the team faced.
Ok what about Game Two?
10 points 6 rebounds 7 Assists. This one doesn’t fill up the box score, sure. But that is also a very shallow assessment of his game. Like I said, this Lakers offence is ALL LeBron, he orchestrated the win. Yes he didn’t shoot well at all but this wasn’t vital and he was still +23 in the box score and AD went for 31 and 11.
What about Game 3?
Well jeez, he definitely shut everyone up.
38 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.
That is the LeBron we know and love. This of course is an incredible game from LeBron, but what I think people fail to see is that, he doesn’t need to do that anymore?
This ain’t your grandmas LeBron James who HAS to drop 35, 9 and 9 a game just to drag Cleveland to a 2-point win.
This is a LeBron James who can control the pace of the game and craft it to his liking, biding time and saving energy for when he does need to score 40.
He is a 35-year-old man after all.
You can tell this is the player he wants to be.
The reason why I think people dislike LeBron so much is the fact that he has replaced MJ as their father figure or “GOAT” way sooner than expected.
In reality, no matter how much you hate him, LeBron has a legitimate case against Michael Jordan as GOAT. Now that isn’t saying he is better or even the 2nd best player of all time, because I think realistically there are 3 or 4 players who can challenge him for that spot. But what LeBron does have is the fact the is STILL playing. Guys like Kareem, Wilt and the like are all retired, they can’t alter their legacy.
BUT LeBron can alter his and in reality he is challenging Jordan very very soon after he retired. LeBron is the only player from AFTER Jordan’s era that has challenged him and people are still nostalgic for their childhood hero. It’s almost like if your mum got divorced from MJ and LeBron is your step dad, you are going to be inclined to hate him no matter if he is a better Dad or not.
That is the reason why people are so threatened by LeBron.
So with all this being said.
LeBron is your Step Dad and you may not like that, but he sure is a damn good bloke and you will regret hating him when he is gone.
Appreciate his greatness, it doesn’t come along that often.