King James or a Stubborn Prince?
|06.03.09 at 2:11 pm ET|
LeBron knows the way to the back of the sports page better than most of you know the route to your kitchen. His post-game drama provided more excitement Saturday than the Orlando Magic breaking its 14-year NBA Finals drought. LeBron’s lack of sportsmanship was what won headlines as he stormed off the court following a Game six Cleveland Cavaliers defeat at Amway Arena refusing to shake hands with the Magic or speak to the media.
That one simple gesture, or lack thereof, has been the topic of heated contorversy over the past week approaching the NBA Finals tomorrow night. Alright, LeBron carried the Cavs throughout the postseason and had every right to be miffed at the loss but I’m sure Delonte West and Mo Williams were no happy campers and they still found a way to stay on the court.
LeBron spoke to the media yesterday calling himself a winner and said he found it hard to congratulate his opponent after just having lost. Come on LeBron, every middle and high schooler knows the importance of sportsmanship. It seems LeBron could use a little coaching in post-game etiquette.
For example, at least Eric Mangini and Bill Belichick made an effort, however little it may have been, after the Patriots beat the Jets in the first game following their 2006 break up.
Or maybe Chris Paul could have reminded LeBron about their secret hand shake to remind him how it’s done.
He could have just watched the hand shake refusals of past players to see how bad it looks.
Yet there is one consolation for LeBron — at least he will not be in anymore of those puppet commercials with Kobe.
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