LeBron James Loses Again, This Time It's His Movie
Last Sunday the Dallas Mavericks defeated the LeBron James led Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals and take home the Larry O’Brien championship trophy. Though the Heat sported 3 all-stars and Dallas had only one, the Mavericks defeated the glitzy Heat with hard work and determined team play, while the Heat raced around the court performing highlight reel dunks.
In the process of losing, LeBron James, already one of the most hated athletes in the world, responded to his poor performance and the general dislike of his bad behavior this way:
… all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today… They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.For those of you who didn’t make it through the whole quote (probably because you had to throwup), here’s a quick summation: “I’m rich and you’re not.” That’s right, the most hated athlete in the world found a way to make himself look even worse.
So it should come as no surprise that sponsors, suitors, and Hollywood moguls are at last starting to back away from the self-styled King James. For instance, Variety says his movie has been pushed back indefinitely. Movie? That’s right, LeBron James was supposed to pull a Space Jam and get his own movie. Michael Jordan had won at least a bajillion championships before he got his first movie. LeBron… well he hasn’t done anything except turn into a PR nightmare.
The film, called Ballers, was originally conceived in 2009, back when the world still liked LeBron and thought of him as this humble, hard working, home town guy. In retrospect, we should have known better. He did call himself “King James”, after all. Now no one outside of a handful of fans in Miami (and even they aren’t exactly happy with him after his Finals performance) wants anything to do with the King.
Ballers was supposed to be a comedy in which five guys show up to attend a LeBron James adult basketball camp and somehow end up getting him involved in their lives. Right now they’re only saying it’s been pushed back, perhaps hoping for some sort of PR miracle which will change the public’s perception of the NBA’s least likable star, but I wouldn’t count on this ever happening.
Here’s a thought. Ditch LeBron James and make the movie about Dirk Nowitzki. All that stuff we thought about LeBron back when he seemed like a good dude? You know, that he was a loyal, humble, hard working guy determined to lead his home town team to glory even if he had to do it all alone? As it turns out, all of that is actually true about Dirk Nowitzki. Except, since it’s true, it also means that Dirk Nowitzki would never agree to do a movie… in much same way he doesn’t do shoe commercials or take people’s money in exchange for allowing them to slap his name on an adult basketball camp… or go around calling himself King Nowitzki.
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