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LeBron’s ‘me, me, me’ a turn-off

July 1, 2012
Craig Remsburg - Senior Sports Writer ( , The Mining Journal

Enough already. I get it. I really do.

LeBron James is king of the universe. He's the best thing since indoor plumbing. No one else can come close to his star power.

The last few days, all we've seen on the many sports talk shows is how great James is, how he carried the Miami Heat to the NBA championship and how many more titles he can expect to pocket.

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It has been out of control. There must be other sports topics worthy of some discussion. You'd think James was the only newsworthy item in the sports world.

Yes, he's a talented player, perhaps the best in the NBA. Yes, he played very well in the playoffs. And yes, he has the potential to repeat as an NBA champion, just like Michael Jordan did for so many years.

The difference is, Jordan never had the me-first attitude King James has.

After Miami's 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to clinch the NBA title, James was quoted as saying, in part, "It's a great moment for myself."

That says it all.

I guess "The Decision" television spectacle James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and others created a couple of years ago when James left Cleveland for South Beach left a bad taste in my mouth.

It was so cheesy. So pretentious. So unnecessary.

Ever since then, I've loathed James and the Heat. I've only wanted them to fail.

At the end of the 2010-11 season, when the Dallas Mavericks humbled the Heat in the playoff championships, I was a happy camper.

I didn't particularly like the Mavs, though Dirk Nowitzki is a special player. But ANY TEAM other than the Heat winning the league championship would have drawn my support.

It was the same this season. I found myself cheering for the Thunder, for no other reason than I wanted OKC to beat the Heat.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder are fun to watch. They have oodles of talent.

But it could have been Jim Smith or John Doe drawing my support against the Heat. James and Co. just didn't cut it for me.

All the hoopla will end soon, I hope. If not, it's going to be a frustrating - if not dreary - summer.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is



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