Lazy LeBron is Lazy
LeBron’s answer to avoid getting dunked on in pick-up games? Play lazy basketball. Thanks to this find by Ethan over at NSEWSports, we see James has apparently learned his lesson when he’s going against college players who are now armed with the knowledge that dunking on LeBron can get you 15 strong minutes of fame, and so he stays out of their way and hangs around the perimeter. Now, I’ll grant you the video is less than a minute long and LeBron could’ve exploded for two-or-three possessions worth of MVP basketball and we’d be none-the-wiser.
However, living in a world of “perception is reality,” there’s not much James can do to escape posts like these when videos of his taking-it-easy play — in light of Jordan Crawford — are available.
In other news, it’s been a tough summer for the reigning NBA MVP. It started with his “no handshakes” treatment of Orlando after the Magic dispatched them from the playoffs. This led to an ill-received appearance of LeBron in his Run-DMC/MVP t-shirt, which transitioned nicely to Jordan Crawford. Each and everyone of these “incidents” have helped alter the public perception of James incrementally. Taken individually, each one could be considered “blow it off” material, but as a whole, it’s had a small-but-noticeable impact on LeBron’s image — except maybe in Cleveland.
Don’t believe me? Try reading some of the comments in the various LeBron James posts littering the sports blogosphere.