Let me begin with the negatives, what I don’t like:
I didn’t like “The Decision” and how he celebrated with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, but what I do like what he is doing. I don’t like how he self-proclaims and embraces the nicknames “King James” and “The Chosen One.” You just play your game, and let the fans and media do the talking. Yeah, be yourself, but have some respect for the players before you, and those you are playing against.
Here is what I do like:
He is continuing to visit his home state of Ohio and hosting charity events there. I like how he is trying to do right to his hometown by visiting and expressing gratitude to the community. Even overlapping his business decision with charities and donations.
He sticks to his decision being a “business decision,” and I believe him. Everything he has done, post-celebration,” has been business-like. He is a good guy that likes to have fun. He is the most talented basketball player I have ever seen, one of the best athletes as well. The proper comparison for LBJ would somewhere between Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen (as far as intangibles go), but better.
He is improving his outside shooting.
And now, is working on his post game with Hall of Fame Center, Hakeem Olajuwon.
Wow. He is entering his 9th season (most likely a lockout), and still improving.
Great passer with vision, great ball-handler, good free-throw shooter, and a great defender when he chooses to be.
For the record, he did not check Derrick Rose as well as the media portrays. He was toasted, and they could have put any bigger player on Rose and their team defense would have done the same. So no, he can’t guard an elite and explosive point guard. He can’t guard Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum. But everyone else in between those extremes, he can dominate.
The day he hits jumpers with consistency, if he can hit the 3-ball and the clutch baskets, AND put his athletic and powerful body to use in the post (passing from the post and scoring), he will take his game to the next level. A great level.
You don’t have to like someone to acknowledge their abilities and potential.