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|Sir Charles was right about King James|
Don't know if it's the spirit of the season, the Spirits of St. Louis or the spirits I imbibed to wash down good drumsticks and bad football, but I find myself siding with Sir Cumference in "his" evaluation of LeBron James' approach to free agency 20 months from now. I haven't stunned myself like this since The Mysterious J. bought me that Pocket Taser for her amusement, she said.
"If I was LeBron James, I would shut the hell up," Charles Barkley decreed last week. "I'm getting so annoyed he's talking about what he's going to do in two years. I think it's disrespectful to the game. I think it's disrespectful to the Cavaliers."
I say, "Amen, brother." If we can overlook, for the moment that is, that Barkley never has known when it's wise to hit mute or how he made an on-and-off-the-court career of disrespecting the game, its fans and franchises in Philadelphia, Phoenix and Houston, and whose hearty partying during consecutive conference semifinals against the Rockets in 1994 and '95 (after the Suns went up 2-0 both times) cost the organization two trips to the Finals, er, championships.
As dutifully noted here last week, the good things about the early 2008-09 season (including your 14-3 Cavs, victors in 13 of 14, the last eight wins by at least 11 points) have been obscured by raging speculation surrounding the LeBron-led 2010-11 free agent class.
Hey, if the league has (in theory) tampering penalties in place for teams and their executive branch, why not implement a business-casual gag order for players who may or may not be playing out their contracts?
That way, when fans, the media and Tarot readers seek what the future holds, LeBron might be more inclined to remember who currently cuts him a check the lst and 15th and respond to questions accordingly.
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On second thought, I suppose you're just gonna have to wait until Friday for the sarcasm.
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Added: December 3, 2008