Basketball: LeBron James took the easy way out

By S.C. Zuba
Sports Columnist

Let me preface this by saying I never miss an opportunity to tell the world how much I despise LeBron James and the Miami Heat. So, here I go again…

Ever heard of a website called Well, if you haven’t, here’s a little synopsis from their homepage. “Welcome to! We specialize in authentic championship rings, Olympic medals, pendants and trophies which were awarded to players, coaches and staff members for both professional and collegiate sports.”

For the right price, you can purchase an actual championship ring—one that someone, somewhere worked very, very hard for.

So, the way I see it, if you really want an NBA championship ring, you have two choices.

Choice A: Work hard, sacrifice, dedicate your life and earn one.

Choice B: Buy one.

Enter James and the Miami Heat.

Last summer, James decided he had worked hard enough, and since he couldn’t earn a championship on his own, he’d buy one. And he’d do so by collecting his buddies to form a super team.

James had a work in progress in Cleveland. He had a group of guys who looked up to him—it was his team. He was in the process of earning an NBA championship ring. And heck, he was close. He was very, very close.

And then, he decided he didn’t want to work anymore. So, he called up his buddies, and they collectively took their talents to South Beach.

That is why I don’t respect James. He took the easy way out.

I don’t want to compare James to Michael Jordan because, well, let’s face it, Jordan is so far out of James’ league it’s not even funny. But, for the sake of this argument, I will compare the two.

When Jordan came into the league, he didn’t win a championship his first season—not in his second, third, fourth, fifth or even sixth. It took him seven seasons to earn his first ring. He didn’t quit on the Bulls after a few seasons and look for the easy way out. He worked harder. He got better. And then he earned six NBA championship rings, rings he can be proud of.

Key word in all of that—earn.

It’s completely possible that James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will win 10 rings together, and if they did, who in their right mind would be impressed?

It would mean nothing. They might as well have bought them on the Internet.

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From the May 25-31, 2011 issue

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