Thursday, July 8, 2010

Basketball Free Agency and Baseline Morality

I waited with anticipation to hear LeBron's announcement tonight. He is going to the Miami Heat for the 5 of you who don't know. They'll have a super/galactic/all-star team down there, and I think they do well if they can get a bruiser or two. It seems they have enough finesse and offense. . .now give Lebron a guy to run through the back wall of the arena for him, and they should be fine.

I'm a huge Dwade fan, and I'm a huge all-star team fan. . . as my pathologic following of the '04 Lakers reminds me. That was a great team that came one Karl Malone knee injury away from the title. To those who say it can't work. . .watch some '08 Olympic highlights, or '04 Lakers. It always works, it's just that most of the time we don't think there's three great players on a team until after the title is won. But, they've been there the whole time. The '04 Lakers are the exception here, we knew all along, but that was a great team. . . .some incredible games that year.

I emplore to read this piece from the Sports Guy
about the whole thing. I agree with his assessement about LeBron. . I see alot of Dr. J in King James.


It's amazing all of the hand wringing, high horse-ing, and pontificating about Lebron's decision over the last few days. All of these people that act morally bankrupt the rest of the year (not the least of which is the Sports Guy) are suddenly the arbiters of right and wrong.

I think it's because something didn't feel right about LeBron doing an hour T.V. special to basically rub it in his hometown fans' face. It was a bit insensitive and over the top, to be sure. But, it's ironic how these sportswriters are suddenly taking the high ground and channeling their inner Care Bear. Why?

Romans tells us that the truth is written on our hearts, and from time to time, it seeps out of some suprising people. We know that there are some baseline laws, decencies, and ways the world "should" work. When those things don't happen, we notice. But, needless to say, we don't notice our own hypocricy and irony in the judgements of these events! :) Where were these guys three weeks ago, pontification about morality? It's written on our hearts.

Romans 2:14-15
Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.

ps. I think it actually shows a bit of humility for LeBron to go to DWade's team and play facilitator there. (there's some fear there too. . . .he knows he's not Jordan, or even Kobe, perhaps. . .he needs more help). But, before we all make our judgements,. . let's remember who won game 7 for the Lakers. . . .needless to say, Kobe had ALOT of help from Pau Gasol and Ron Artest. It's always a crew that wins titles, as LeBron said tonight. There's always 2 or 3 great players (perhaps not noticed by the media) that lead a team to the title. Larry Bird had 3 hall-of-famers with him, Magic had at least 3. The only exception here. . not to beat a dead horse. . .is Jordan. He had Pippen, yes, and Rodman for the later years. But, Kobe wasn't trotting out Bill Wennington, Jud Buechler, and John Paxson. "Nuff said.

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