By Eric D. Graham BASN columnist
Updated: June 29, 2012



NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—As we watched Lebron James hold up The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy over his head, there was a sense of satisfaction, a sense of achievement and a sense of pride that all of us collectively, as a people, experienced.

And even though, we may have disagreed with how he handled the “Decision,” we still loved him and frowned upon the way the city of Cleveland treated him.

Because he is our brother, our son and our shinning “Prince.”

And we should have never been a part of any of the rumors or ugliness that surrounded his name, which could have stunted the growth of this amazing superstar athlete.

For we love him, not just because of his basketball skills.

But we love him for his playful personality, the way he loves his mother, his loyalty to his friends, and the way he carries himself with class and dignity on the court and off the court.

Plus, we all agreed with his post game speech that, “It’s about damn time…”

For this reason alone, Lebron’s NBA Championship victory lap should remind us of Barack Obama’s presidential victory over Republican candidate John McCain.

Because we all screamed at the top of our lungs “It was about damn time,” when he was elected the first African-American President of …”THESE”… United States of America.

This may seem like an odd comparison, but they are very similar in principle, even though I am exaggerating a bit.

Why? Because, even though Lebron has obtained the seemingly “unobtainable,” he won’t be judged on this Championship victory alone. He, unfortunately, will be judged on whether he can repeat the feat next year.

President Obama faces the same dilemma.

Because his re-election is more important than his election.

In other words, sadly, it really doesn’t matter if they both win or lose.

For, Obama, and James, will be hated forever by a large segment of the population and used as a scapegoat for all that is wrong in the world.

Remember Lebron’s earlier sarcastic “blame Lebron” comments, when he humorously said, “You go to the grocery store and they don’t have the milk that you like, you just say, ‘It’s LeBron’s fault.'”

Yes, the pressure to live up to the world’s high expectations will continue to haunt these two beautiful souls because their harsh critics will be relentless the next year, whether in victory or in defeat.

But despite this undeserved or deserved hatred, they will always be considered “sacred” and “untouchable” in their inner circles and by all of us, who believe in their greatness.

Why? Because, we love them both, despite their shortcomings, for having the audacity to represent us with pride and dignity.

And for this reason alone, they will always be a part of our Black Royal Family.