LeBron James: The Nike Puppet

Scotty RaubaContributor IJuly 9, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 16:  NBA basketball player, Lebron James visits the hand and foot spa at Carol's Daughter on June 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

We are all witnesses...

To LeBron James' controversial offseason, filled with disrespect and confiscated video tapes.

May 30, James and the Cavs lose in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Orlando Magic, 103-90. Instead of congratulating the team that could have swept them, had he not drained a miraculous shot, he hits the showers, no handshakes or anything. Showing no sportsmanship or respect for his worthy opponents. 

June 17, he walks around the streets of New York, wearing his LBJ MVP shirt.

Lebron, are you aware that you lost in the Eastern Conference Finals? Last season when Kobe Bryant won the MVP and lost in the finals, did you see him wearing a Kobe MVP shirt?

Dating back, did you see Michael Jordan where an MJ MVP shirt? In 2003-'04, Kevin Garnett won the MVP award, averaging 24 points and 14 rebounds per game. He led his team to the Western Conference Finals, much like LeBron. The Timberwolves lost, much like LeBron's Cavs.

You didn't see any sore loser antics, nor did you see an MVP shirt.

July 7, at LeBron's Skills Camp, Hawks player Jamal Crawford's little brother Jordan, who recently transferred to Xavier, was playing a pick up game with LeBron and others. Seriously, what an honor. And to make it ten times better, he shows up LeBron, delivering him a facial.

But what happened to the video? LeBron and Nike confiscate it, hopefully saving some criticism from their star money maker.

Is it a big deal that a college player who not very many people have heard of, dunks on you? And you have to go and confiscate the video? Please.

Now I may be overreacting to things. Heck if I won an MVP award, who knows if I would wear a shirt. But people look up to you LeBron. You are "The King". Maybe it's time you start acting like one.