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Drew Sharpe is a very good writer, he writes for the Detroit Free Press and he makes a great point in one of his articles I read recently. He says “you know it’s funny, Lebron James does not merit much sympathy or compassion because he willingly placed a bull’s eye on himself – the whole crowning himself King and all. But the level of animosity directed at him and the Miami Heat for their hubris reeks of hypocrisy by America sports fans” Continues Drew Sharpe “I suppose those same people, who cried that the Miami Heat violated some code of competitiveness by amassing as many good players as possible, they must also hate the original Olympic Dream Team right?” After all, the concept of a “super team” and the swagger brought was born in 92’ in Barcelona. Why do I suspect that some of the strongest Miami Heat bashers remain as some of the strongest supporters of what the Dream Team represented and created?

Never forget that U.S. basketball opted against the long standing conventional approach of taking the nation’s best college players. Why? Because it had grown outdated and less reliable against gradually improving foreign players, U.S.A. basketball needed an alternative for accelerating America’s return to world basketball dominance. The Dream Team was also a great marketing tool, whether you liked it or loathed the concept; you simply could not ignore it. The same is true with Lebron James and the Heat. Had they lost Game 7 against Boston, the NBA season would have officially concluded before the Finals!

Outrage by the Dream Team and Miami! No, we loved that entire swagger! The Dream Team was virtually taunting the other countries, with them pounding there chest regularly. I still contend that sometimes in life, you think you hear something but you hear something else. Like when Lebron James held that press conference talking about championships, it went something like this “…not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7 – and when I say that, I really believe it. We believe that we can win multiple championships if we take care of business and do it the right way”. Did you read that carefully? He said “We believe that we can…if…” that’s not that much hubris. For the record, we all play to the crowd – I try to cater to Ohio State diehards when they have a good game and rip on Michigan. If I talk about Lakers, I’ll bang on the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz. If I talked about Utah, I’d be banging on the Lakers. All Lebron James said was “we believe we can if…”

I may be wrong on this, but I think this is what you all THINK you heard him say “I will rule over the NBA for the next decade, winning every MVP award and championship possible. I am the King and you people are my loyal subjects, bow before Lebron, Jordan and Kobe have nothing on me. I am the greatest player the NBA has ever seen. No more questions, the King exit’s the room” I think that’s what you all thought you heard. Again, he said “I believe it’s possible that we can if we work hard” Come on people, slow down. I can imagine that anyone in the public speaking business, you always try to play to the crowd – that’s just part of the business! How many of you have been public speakers? Less than probably 1% of you, I included. I know someone whose been doing it his entire life, he always talks about playing to the crowd. If he does a remote in Columbus or LA, he plays to the crowd, it’s called knowing your audience. He was telling me that when he goes and does a speech the first thing he asks the person who hired him “who’s the crowd? Are they men or woman? What’s the break down? Cocktail served or not? Is it a clean audience or not?

So when Lebron goes out and says “we believe we can if …” he wasn’t demanding anything, wasn’t guaranteeing anything, he was just playing to the crowd.  It’s what every radio personality in the country does. If you listen to Alabama radio – who do you think they are rooting for? Alabama! Listen to New York sports radio, who do you think they are rooting for? New York teams! Dallas radio? Talking about the Cowboys, Rangers and Stars – they’ll all just playing to their audiences, you better your bread. You know who that celebration was truly for when Lebron and co. came out and did that presser for the fans? It was for Miami Heat Season ticket holders – once they signed Lebron and Bosh, they invited them all in and it was kind of like a butt kissing and all. For the record, 20 years ago if that had happened, you would’ve never seen tape of it. You do something and like 10 minutes later it could be on YouTube, it’s up on the blogs and you perhaps didn’t even intend for it to end up on the blogs.

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So since Day 1 of the blog, I guess you could say my mission statement has always been to add some perspective to the issues that arise in sports because there simply isn’t that much to begin with. Now, I don’t get frustrated as much with fans who don’t have perspective – your job is to be a fan, go ahead go crazy! You’re the Met fan who thinks because your team threw a no-hitter over the weekend that they’re going to win the whole thing. However when the media loses perspective, it becomes a very concerning topic.

For example, think about how different my blog would be today if Dwayne Wades 21 footer had gone in last night, 3 inches and it goes in. Its 3-1 Miami, Bosh is healthy, and it’s going back to Miami for 2 of the next 3 games…series over! Don’t kid yourself, Miami beat this same Boston team last year in 5 games and Boston was younger and healthier last year. My rant, if Dwayne Wade’s shot goes in – series over! But instead we go from a 3-1 series lead to absolute panic in Heat land. Yes, believe it or not, many are speculating  as early as this morning, the talk is starting up, Ric Bucher claims he’s got a source apparently saying “let’s break up Lebron, Bosh and Wade”  saying on the Mike & Mike Show this morning “…what’ I’ve heard is that if Miami, for whatever reason, falls short, that everybody except Lebron James would be available – that they’d want to clear the deck and that the only reason why they’d only hold onto Lebron James is as much because he’s the big ticket…he sells tickets. If you’re going to build around an element, it’s Lebron James and so everything else would be available and they’d clear the deck. Now I don’t know how much of that was just a message to say “if you don’t get it done this year, get those change of address labels ready” as a motivation. But the bottom line is that it makes a lot of sense”

What??? “Makes a lot of sense?” folks, if Bosh is playing last night, it’s 3-1 series over! He’s an 18 and 8 All-Star; they’ve got no interior scoring without him. This team was sub 500 this year without Bosh; they were 9-1 without D-wade. Chris Bosh is huge – and I’ve argued this for years that Wade is a better player than Bosh, Bosh is more valuable – there’s a big difference. John Stockton is a better player than Byron Scott but Magic worked with Byron Scott better than he would’ve worked with John Stockton who played the same position. Miami is 1-0 in the playoffs when Bosh has even played half the game, they’re 5-4 without him, so don’t confuse things. This series was a 5 gamer last year; it was a 5 gamer when Bosh was healthy. So we’re going to blow everything up because Bosh got hurt? Wow, like the Mavericks proved it last year – it’s about the fit. Right now, going into the playoffs in the middle of it, Chris Bosh got hurt…come on people! You can’t go crazy on this stuff. If Chris Bosh is healthy, like he was last year, this is not a 6 or a 7 game series, wasn’t it last year when Boston was arguably better!! We’ve got to slow this “blow the Heat up” bubble fast!! For the last 2 years, last year they got to Game 6 of the finals and this year they are in the Eastern Conference finals…without Bosh!! Now you’re asking Pat Riley to blow them up?? Slow down everybody; take a deep breath – if Bosh returns for 2 of the next 3 games, Miami will win the series. It would be nice however if somebody not named Lebron James would give you a good effort for Miami, but that’s the world he’s lived in his entire NBA career.

Remember after Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open last year? “He is the next Tiger…” that was some golf expert saying that! Well to be honest, either your anti-Tiger or you have poor memories. Over a 10 year period, Tiger has won 64 times with 12 majors and has only lost 1 lead. Anybody that thought Rory McIlroy, over 10 years, was going to duplicate that is delusional or purely anti-Tiger. Rory Mcilroy my friends, in the peak of his young career, has missed 3 straight cuts. Tiger Woods has missed a total of 5 in his entire golfing career. Tiger Woods, who won yesterday, is now a victim of Tiger. He was so great that we don’t give him credit even when he’s really really good – which he’s been this year. Think about this, Tiger Woods in 11 tournaments this year has 2 wins and including those wins has 5 top 4 finishes. So that means that this year, Tiger has in 43% of the events, has either won it or was close to winning it. Every other golfer on the planet would take that today.

If I said that for 15 years of your golf career, 21-36 years of age – you enter 12 tournaments a year and 43% of the time you won or were close to winning it, you would become the greatest golfer in the sports history, would you not take that? Rory McIlroy has missed 3 cuts in a row yet Tiger Woods – according to Vegas, is a 6 to 1 favourite to win the U.S. Open, double the chance of any other golfer, Tiger is the only next Tiger. Now however, comes the inevitable question “are you back?” this was asked yesterday and he said “I don’t know, it’s a process…like back to what? I’m just always trying to get better regardless of where I am in the rankings and all. Reporter: Do you feel like the Tiger Woods of old? Tiger: I feel like an older Tiger Woods, yes…” perfect answer! Let’s stop trying to find or embellish what the next Tiger is.

We never demanded that Michael Jordan, when he was with the Washington Wizards, become Michael Jordan 6 years earlier with the Bulls. Unless you play baseball and took cattle steroids in the bay area, nobody is better as they get older after injuries. Tiger Woods, this year, in 11 tournaments, with 2 wins, 3 other top 4 finishes – is he going to be Tiger of a decade ago? Of course not! But he is still, right now, as good as or better than any other golfer on the planet and there will never ever be another Tiger. Appreciate history folks! It’s not going to be duplicated hence why they call it history.