LeBron helped me define ‘foot in mouth disease’

Ben Skipworth

<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>The last time you kids read

an editorial from me, I was bashing LeBron James and the Heat.

Since Dec. 2, the Heat have managed a 20-4 record (as of press

time). Maybe the Heat are legit. Maybe I was wrong about LeBron

James. Maybe Nostradamus did predict future cataclysmic events.

Maybe I should buy into this whole Mayan calendar thing.

<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>For lack of a better

definition of my emotions, I am shocked. I would have never

predicted the Heat would be doing this well at the beginning of the

New Year. It seems like I do this sort thing way too


<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>I get all amped up about

things and I completely jump the gun. I remember how excited I was

when the Celtics went up three games to none against the Lakers

this summer. I felt like I was on top of the world. I talked a

ridiculous amount of smack to people. Then my world came crumbling

down as Kobe Bryant’s Lakers went on to win the NBA


<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>I never really understood

how much of a “hater” I am until my roommate, Parker Hendricks,

brought it to my attention (I know he just loves it when I name

drop). I do seem to bash super stars–and do it often. Although I

am a huge Celtics fan, I’ve been a Kobe Bryant fan since I was

eight. I had books, jerseys and all things Kobe. I guess that’s why

the LeBron talk bothers me.

<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>Here is my official

statement, though: LeBron will never live up to the career that

Kobe has had. There, I said it. I know that I have really given

LeBron a bashing, but he is a good player. His skills are

undeniable, and he is most certainly a force to be reckoned with.

He just doesn’t have “it.” 

<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>At this point in time, it’s

questionable whether the Lakers can oust the likes of the Spurs,

Mavs, or heck, the Thunder. I would love nothing more than to see

another Lakers-Celtics showdown in the NBA Finals, but there is

something that I must do to right my wrongs.

<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>I’m not going to explain

what I’m about to do, but based on the current state of the NBA and

my last editorial, I think you’ll catch my drift. The Heat are

officially the greatest thing to happen to basketball since the

birth of Coach K. LeBron James will go through a spurt of high

scoring games en route to being crowned the NBA’s MVP. The Heat

will roll over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals to play

in the NBA Championship.

<span style=

“font-size: 14pt; font-family: Arial;”>There, maybe that will

restore order to the universe.