Pardon The Interruption Summarizes 10 Years Of Lebron James Coverage – This Is Awesome (VIDEO)
It’s hard to believe, but Lebron James has been playing in the NBA for almost a decade. Throughout the last 10 years, Lebron James has undisputedly become the biggest lightning rod in sports.
When “King” James was still in high school, his games were being televised. When “The Chosen One” was still in high school, he bought a hummer. Before Lebron stepped foot on a NBA court, he was given a 100 million dollar endorsement contract with Nike.
After being drafted first overall by the Cavs in 2003, Lebron James took the NBA by storm. Lebron won the Rookie of the Year trophy, and he made the Cavs relevant for the first time in 15 years. As his career progressed, Lebron won MVP trophies and took the Cavs to the Finals, where they were swept by the Spurs.
That’s when things started getting really interesting…
In 2010, Lebron James completely checked out in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. It seemed like he didn’t try, he didn’t seem to care, and he famously took off his Cavs jersey while walking off the court. Speculation immediately turned to whether Lebron had played his last game with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire.
In what may go down as one of the most famous moments of sports and television, Lebron James went on ESPN and announced he was “taking his talents to South Beach.”
The internet exploded, people who weren’t sports fans were talking about it, and the hate towards Lebron grew exponentially. Suddenly, Lebron James went from a hometown hero to a national villain. It was pretty clear that Lebron was uncomfortable with playing the role of a villain, but he made his bed when he stomped the hearts of his hometown fans on national television.
In 2010-2011, the Miami Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, and Lebron played horribly. Fans and media ripped “King” James for passing up shots late in games, and for being mentally weak. After the finals, Lebron received help from a sports psychologist, and he came back in 2011-2012 with a new found intensity.
In 2012, Lebron carried the Miami Heat to a NBA championship, and he won the playoff MVP along the way. He silenced many of his haters, and now talk has turned to his place amongst the all-time greats.
To say Lebron James’ career has been sort of interesting is like saying Lindsay Lohan sort of likes cocaine. Whether you love him or hate him, he’s fun to watch.
Here’s a video created by Pardon The Interruption which mashes up 10 years of PTI coverage about Lebron James. It’s amazing to see them talk about him in 2002 right through until today…