Mostly for the latter, I just went from indifferent to a fan of the NBA’s reigning king. There’s more to admire in his game than ever, and he comes off as affable, but I love that he posterized pettiness.
James’ greatest controversy was leaving his home-state Cleveland Cavaliers and announcing the move in an over-the-top TV event known as “The Decision.”
It didn’t help that he used a phrase that tweaks some folks. Elite athletes shouldn't say “taking my talents.” It never ends well.
That’s how the faux-outrage culture derived its catnip, and that culture is why James got the postgame question about his detractors Thursday. In his brief answer, James acknowledged his hometown, said how blessed he feels to have emerged from the inner city then dropped a phrase likely to become some company’s new ad campaign.
“I ain’t got no worries,” he said, perhaps channeling Lil Wayne.
No “H” word here, but take a cue, faux outragers. Graciousness is the best way to handle being posterized.
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