Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown

By Wesley Chism Jr.
Updated: November 29, 2008

SEATTLE — They may call LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, “The King” but most recently he has traded in the Crown for a Dunce Cap.

The past few weeks all that has been spoken about in the media regarding the All-Star forward was his intentions in 2010 and the likelihood of him playing in New York when he would became a free agent.

Things really got a little crazy at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday when the Cavaliers came in town to play the New York Knicks. There wasn’t an extra ticket available and all the celebrities were on hand for the event.

Now I’ve heard the comments made by LeBron such as, “I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family,” “I will definitely explore my options when the time comes,” and one of my personal favorites, “I’m not oppose to going out of the country to play.”

Are you kidding me? There’s no substitute for the NBA and every year the list of foreign players migrating to this country continues to grow with last year being a record high.

At this time, LeBron is still an employee of the Cleveland Cavaliers, an organization that has treated him with nothing but dignity and respect and it’s about time that he returns the favor.

Okay, so he wants to be on a Championship team, I get that but that only happens when you win a Championship. Duh! We were all witness just a couple of years ago as the Cavaliers advanced through the playoffs, remember?

When Michael Jordan was playing for the Bulls there were some tough times early on in Chicago. The Detroit Pistons were their evil nemesis and would eliminate any thoughts that they may have had of winning a championship for many years. Jordan stuck it out, took a cut in pay for the organization to get all the pieces together and the rest as they say is history.

If I hear just one more professional athlete in any sport say, “I want to be traded to a team that’s in contention for a title,” I just may hurt somebody.

There’s a team that exist for people that want to play with the best players in the league, it’s called the All-Star game or the Pro Bowl! Step your game up and just maybe you’ll get a call to join them.

Right there in Cleveland, James has the opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done there in a very long time, win a NBA Championship.

Just one time I would like to hear him say that he’s committed to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of his contract and that he’s going to continue working hard for this organization and its incredible fans.

I can see how playing for the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden could be intoxicating but for the most part any event going on in Madison Square Garden is a big deal.

My question is this, who was the last All-Star that played for the New York Knicks that retired in a Knicks uniform? People often forget that they dealt Patrick Ewing to the Seattle Sonics.

“New York, New York big city of dreams but everything in New York ain’t always what it seems. You might get fool if you come from out of town…..”

My point is this, until the time comes when Lebron James is officially declared a free agent, he should do what he does best and just let his game continue to speak for him ….. “We are all witness”.