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We Aren’t All Witnesses, Apparently

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Not this time, I guess...

Not this time, I guess...

Apparently LeBron James is a bit of a baby – storming off the court after losses, refusing to talk to the media, and now, confiscating videotapes of himself getting dunked on.

On Monday night, two reporters were calmly filming a pickup game at the LeBron James Skills Academy, a Nike summer camp held at the University of Akron in James’ native Ohio. The game was relatively uneventful until all of a sudden, Xavier’s Jordan Crawford unleashed a vicious dunk right in LeBron’s face. Soon after, a Nike representative approached the videographers, demanding that they hand over their tapes.

One of the guys, Ryan Miller, had been filming all day for ESPN U and Syracuse.com and was only asked to hand over the tapes after the throwdown. He reported that following the dunk, LeBron pulled Nike Basketball senior director Lynn Merritt over and whispered something to him, after which Merritt came calling for the tapes.

“There’s nothing I can think of besides LeBron not wanting it online,” said Miller.

I guess Nike and LeBron didn’t want any witnesses this time….

Can you ever imagine anything like this happening with Michael Jordan? Or Kobe Bryant? Or Larry Bird?

The answer is no, because history’s greatest players don’t get dunked on by college kids. And, if they did – in some sort of freak, universe-altering fluke – they would simply accept it, file it away, and use it as fuel the next time down the floor. They wouldn’t pout, or cry, or stomp their feet, and they certainly wouldn’t order a Nike executive to destroy the evidence.

So what if it ends up on YouTube, LeBron? What are you so worried about? Aren’t you LBJ MVP?

Of course, there is the remote chance that Miller could be making this story up. Maybe they really don’t allow videotaping of pickup games at this particular camp, or perhaps LeBron didn’t actually censor the footage. But it just seems to me that stories like these are trailing LeBron’s every move recently. Take them with a grain of salt, for sure, but consider what they may reveal about the MVP.

Whatever the case may be, am I shocked that the guy who dunked on him was named Jordan?

No. No I’m not.

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