As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them and in a true sense of that saying, it looks as if LeBron James has grown to accept his role as the villain in the NBA. He has accepted the label put on him by many, many fans and has even embraced it to a certain degree.
His latest and most obvious dip into the role of the ‘heel’ came late Tuesday night when his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were getting wasted by epic proportions by the Los Angeles Lakers (who won that game by 55). During the fourth quarter, James sent out the following tweet.
"Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!"
Yeah, so maybe that isn’t the same as bashing Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in the back of the head with a folding chair, or even half as bad as that whole ‘Decision’ fiasco (I know, I Know, I need to get over it) but it’s still an outward, non-pc, verbal declaration of spite directed at his old team. This, coming from probably the most image conscious athlete the modern world has ever seen, could very well be the first real step in him raising the white flag and surrendering that farce of a good guy image he’s trying to sell the populace.
And it’s about time.
The NBA needs a villain who wants to BE a villain and I’m not talking like some second level talent like Matt Barnes or Ron Artest, but a true top level guy who is clearly heads and shoulders above the rest. James is that guy. He is primed for evil thanks to this past summer and the success he’s had so far this season, he is primed and is in full position to be the NBA’s Doctor Claw ( an Inspector Gadget reference for those not in the know….oh, and Chris Bosh gets to be his cat.).
Now I can only hope that James truly jumps on board with this new designation. I want his laughing at every Cavs loss, mocking every opponent the Heat fillets, standing over every opponents who falls before him. I want him being snide with reporters, wearing black all the time and talking with his pinkie in his mouth at ALL TIMES. Hell, put him in a suit with a helmet that emits loud suction noise every time he breathes!
Be the villain LeBron! You owe it to the NBA, the fans and even to your own warped set of principles. Accept it and embrace it because like it or not, that’s what you currently are to everyone outside of Miami.