LeBron James Wins in the Battle of Classiness, Miller, Barkley Could Learn Some

Bhemis ParksAnalyst IDecember 3, 2010

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After months of enduring rants of how classless he was for his ESPN televised decision on where he would take his talents. LeBron James returned to the place where he earned global stardom and arguably basketball immortality.

For nearly five months people from all varieties of life have taken shots at the character of LeBron James.

Some have resulted to racial slurs, where as others have taken to pledging harm to James and those closest to him. Yet, ironically the class in which James carries himself is what’s usually been in question.

Somewhere people have forgotten that the NBA brand is a source of entertainment and nothing more. The blind devotion that is dedicated to the action of its players is bordering on the sign of insanity these days.


James Stays Classy Through It All

In the mist of all the bitterness, hate filled intentions, and ignorant rants from James newly founded detractors. It was James himself who has been the one constant in terms of displaying class and integrity.

He’s had to endure overly harsh criticism from many who quite frankly shouldn’t have any kind of opinion on his dealings.

Of his many critics, some of whom are former NBA legends who have been accused on more than one occasion of lacking class.

Of those players, none have been more hypocritical then Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller.

If you aren’t aware, Reggie Miller is the guy that was caught stalking a woman last July. Miller initially denied it until tons of evidence brought about the truth.

Charles Barkley and his lack of class have been well documented. From Barkley’s use of foul language in front of children to him forcing a trade from a franchise that drafted him to help win a championship.

And who can ever forget Barkley's comments in July of 1988 when he stated during a CBS telecast that he expected he and his teammates would lose the series versus the Detroit Pistons.

It’s amazing how some people can be blind to their own shortcomings but quick to comment on those of others. Never the less, these are just two knuckle heads in a very, very crowed pool of such.

Guess we should thank LeBron James for being anything but such.

Even while dealing with a Cleveland fan throwing a battery at James and his Heat teammates, and the Cleveland crowd applauding the jester, James never wavered in his resolve.

He never gave in to the temptation of being one of them.

And in some ways he proved finally that he isn’t a Cleveland, Ohio native, a point that he’s made it his business to make since he entered the NBA. 


LeBron Comes Out On Top

With the moment finally had and the game finally over. James stood and embraced a real Cleveland, Ohio born NBA player, Jawad Williams.

Clearly the talks of all Clevelanders hating James have been greatly exaggerated. Chalk that up to one of the many lies the media callously perpetuates on the daily.

However, the situation still remains as it was prior to the game.

Craig Sager has been very adamant in his displeasure on what he thinks of James. He tried to once again plod into the mental resolve of James by once again raising the question of if James wanted to apologize for his decisions to date, a question he has now asked James four times…can you say classless?

Even the NBA paid officials showed how unprofessional and classless they are.

LeBron James had his headband physically removed from him on three separate occasions, none of which were whistled for fouls. There was tons of contact being allowed upon Wade who only received three free throw attempts even though he took most of his 16 attempts in the painted area.

There was tons of illegal activity being visibly allowed by the officials, most noticeably Antawn Jamison being allowed to throw an elbow and shove Chris Bosh in the very same possession.

None of it would matter in the end.

LeBron James was not to add “homecoming loser” to his long list of brandings.

Not on this night.

LeBron James would cap his return to Cleveland with a crown, a homecoming crown that is.

Now hopefully everyone can show a little more class and let this young man continue his growth as a player as well as a person.