I’m looking at you LeBron James. That’s right. You!

In the biggest game of your young career you come out with a performance the likes of Vince Carter. I got home from work last night hoping to watch the Cavs destroy the Celtics, I was horrified by what I saw. Normally, it’s the supporting cast that does not show up, this time it was “The King”. It was shocking. A “Cavastrophe” is what the good folks at The Basketball Jones called it.

I’m starting to have doubts about your greatness. Right now I hate you for making me feel this way. Since day one, I have proclaimed you to one day be the greatest player this league has ever seen. That’s right, better than Jordan, Magic, Oscar. Now, I’m having doubts. I admit, your supporting cast, while better than years past, is still not of championship caliber. That’s when great players take guys and make them think and feel they are better than they really are. In turn, they play above their means. That’s what great players do.

How can you expect them to come out and play great if you look disinterested, lethargic, unwilling. Watching the game, I was horrified. Where did the LeBron James I know go? Where was he? Maybe LeBron would rather be on a beach somewhere joking around with Jay-Z.

I have defended LeBron James as the best player in the game. I can no longer say that, not with a performance like last night. Not till you win a championship. That’s what legends do LeBron. They win championships. They take the guys around them and make them believe they are better than they are.

It hurts me to say all this. It’s the truth. You’re writing your legacy LBJ. Do you want the title of this chapter to read “he folded” or would you rather have it read “The mighty King returned.

LeBron James took home the first of many MVP awards today. LBJ is a man among boys on the basketball court. It was just a matter of time till King James took home the MVP award. In all honesty, this should be the King’s second MVP award, he was robbed last year. LeBron was the MVP, not Kobe Bryant.

LeBron chose to accept the award in his old high school gym saying “This is a place where all my dreams started and where I thought they could become real,” James said in accepting the award at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. “There’s really not a better place.”

What athelete today do you know accepts his award at his old high school. That just shows how connected LeBron is to his community, to where he came from. That’s what makes him so appealing. His teamates, peers, coaches and fans all love him. Today most athelete’s have a disconnect with the fans, LeBron has found that connection. His persona, his character are genuine and fans can see that and are drawn to it.

I just hope fans realize how lucky we are to be watching this guy play. He’s a combination of Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. LeBron, go and get your first of many championships this year so your legacy can begin. A legacy that will end with you being the greatest player to ever play on the hardcourt. Sorry Michael.

Seven in a row. The Toronto Raptors have lost seven games in a row. What’s scary is that, this is their 4th such losing streak this season. I mean, four streaks of 5 loses or more. However, I saw one positive last Sunday from the raptors in the fourth quarter. I finally saw some emotion out of Chris Bosh. I finally saw the best player on the team screaming at his team “let’s go”. Then promptly the Utah Jazz went on a 28 – 12 run right after Chris’ emotional outburst to end the game and defeat the Raptors. 

I’ll admit, I haven’t been a the greatest supporter of Bosh this season. However, I wouldn’t like to see Bosh leave. I’ve been big on voicing my opinion that the Raptors should move Bosh. I’ve changed my mind. He’s a 20-10 guy. That’s rare in the NBA. Now at the same time, I don’t think he’s an elite player or a max money player. I don’t think he’s worth 17+ million a year. I would love to see Bosh at around 15 million a year with the Raptors. 

The Raptors are just a horribly put together team. Calderon, while I love his competitiveness couldn’t defend a pylon. Parker’s shot selection is horrible, those spurts where he thinks he’s Jordan are AWFUL. I mean I understand you’re from Chicago AP, but seriously, YOU ARE NOT JORDAN! Marion just isn’t worth 17 million either. Marion truly belongs with Nash, and only Nash. Andrea, he’s still developing, however I see some promise. He’s not going to be the go to guy, but he has made leaps and bounds this year. Honestly, Andrea defends. I don’t see anyone else on this team that puts in the effort that he does on the defensive end every play. Once Andrea develops a bit more of a post game and gets more aggressive, I can see him being a 20-7 guy consistently. The biggest drop off this season has been Jason Kapono. While his interviews are hilarious, his shooting this year is horrible. He’s just been awful. I mean, this is a team where Jason Kapono is your sixth man. That’s pretty scary. Brian Colangelo has a lot of work to do this off season. I mean on a 12 man roster, I only see 3 that are worth keeping, Jose, Chris & Andrea.

I can’t really blame Chris too much for this season, he has done alright. He’s in the top 10 in the league in scoring, that’s not bad at all. While he isn’t the type of guy to take over games, there aren’t many at his position who can. Although, it’s not the offensive end that worries me about Chris, it’s his defense. He seems to have regressed in his defensive presence this year. That worries me, he has been a horrible one on one defender this year. Maybe it’s the fatigue from a long year of basketball when you include the Olympics. I suggest Chris work on his defense this off season. 

In terms of the Raptors, I really do hope there are some wholesale changes this off season. In a city that is the fourth largest market in North America, to not have one team make the playoffs this season is pretty rough. We knew the Maple Leafs were rebuilding, the Jays play in the toughest division in baseball, TFC is still an expansion team, and the Argos, well who cares about the Argos. The Raptors were supposed to be the team this year. I missed every Raptor game last year while working overseas, so I was extremely excited about this year for the Raptors, and I’ve been severely disappointed. It actually hurts, I feel hurt personally when I see them lose. Especially considering the high hopes I had for this team coming into the season. Yet, I still try and watch every game.

This whole season has just been a disaster, from the performance, to the coaches, to the TSN2 fiasco. I mean why would you make a deal with a network where most of your fan base does not have that network. It’s utterly STUPID! Now some would say, maybe it’s a blessing that we aren’t able to view those games, and the matter in which they lose. Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’ve invested too much into the Raptors emotionally. I feel like I’m in a bad relationship, where I’m more emotional invested, more supportive, more positive, yet none of it is reciprocated. Yet, I just can’t end it, I can’t break up. Maybe the Raptors will change, maybe they’ll see the dedication, the support, the emotional investment that I and all the other fans are putting in realise. Maybe the Raptors will start to change. Maybe.