If anyone has doubts about why LeBron James was tagged with the moniker, “The Chosen One,” long before he ever graduated from Akron’s St. Vincent-St Mary’s High School, put them to rest.
If anyone has doubts about the Cleveland Cavaliers repeating as NBA World Champions after an incredible 119-114 win over Indiana, toss them out.
Or if anyone doubts LeBron’s supernatural basketball skills and natural leadership ability with his relentless dedication to Akron, the area’s children and especially at-risk students, doubt no more. I don’t know about you, but ever since the week that was, I have none. Not a one.
After witnessing the tribe annihilate the Twins on TV a week ago Thursday, I then turned to basketball and watched the greatest comeback in the history of the NBA playoffs. As the game concluded, I kept repeating that LeBron James is unbelievable. He may not even be human. No human has ever accomplished what he has. What that man did to the Indiana Pacers in the second half of the third NBA playoff game of the first round, beside destroying their spirit, was nothing short of a master’s work of art.
With Cleveland down 25 at the half, I was seriously tempted to switch channels to prevent pain from the anguish of watching them succumb on the road. After all, the first half was a disaster. Kevin Love wasn’t hitting the net. Neither was Kyrie Irving. Tristan Thompson seemed lethargic. J.R. Smith was in a trance, the rest of the Cavs appeared to be back in Cleveland and James continued missing free throws.
If anyone at the half had offered me a bet that the Cavs would win this game by five, I’d have taken that bet and then called for the men in white coats for them. The ones who make their living working at the funny farm. But then betting against LBJ is financial suicide.
Recently Time magazine thought so highly of the Cavaliers' star it named him on a list of the 100 most influential people. He was the only NBA athlete to make it. This followed him notifying the press that plans were in the works to create a new Akron school to assist at-risk students through his charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation.
In an introduction for the magazine’s article, former U.S. poet laureate and Akron native, Rita Dove, said that James was poetry in motion. Then she added, “Who could have imagined that a basketball boy wonder, a prodigy from the projects, would bridge class and racial divides to evolve into King James of the International Courts.”
When told of Dove’s accolades, James responded, “That’s pretty cool. I think.” Then he humbly added, “If my kids like it, that’s all that matters.”
James also shares the magazine’s coveted list with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the Federal Chair’s Janet Yellen and Patriot quarterback Tom Brady.
During the historic playoff game, James either scored or assisted in 73 points against Indiana. Forty seven of them, including 28 points, came in the second half. And he did it with Irving and Love never setting foot on the court in the fourth quarter. It’s no wonder he was labeled ‘The Chosen One.’
Not that he needed to do more on the basketball court or, for that matter, in real life to create an aura of immortality. Last week’s game guaranteed that lofty achievement. If this team repeats as NBA champions, and after last week’s game I see no reason why it shouldn’t, complete and full credit must go to LeBron James.
Regardless of who they play in round two, after game three of the first round, is the ol’ ticker ready to take on more?
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