FEBRUARY 26th, 2013
A man can only take so much. With one life to live and so many emails left to read I found myself at a crossroads. What if LeBron stopped dunking basketballs before games? What if he stopped for no other reason than he just didn't want to anymore? HE JUST DIDN'T WANT TO. As a six foot tall man that living in a 5 foot 9 Nate Robinson world I can tell you that all I've ever wanted to do is dunk. As a kid I lowered my basketball hoop to 7 feet just so I could have a *taste* of that above the rim life. But it's not the same. I had a neighbor that I'm pretty sure burned down her kitchen trying to cook meth. She saw me "dunk" once and she didn't say a word. She just shook her head...
She was right.
I was cheating.
If I ever wanted to dunk a ball I knew I'd have to earn it. And now here's LeBron, a man that's blessed with the ability to dunk since middle school deciding he simply no longer has the desire.
He's tired of doing this:
FEBRUARY 27th, 2013
A day later. LeBron weighs in.
At first I was angry, but after hearing this statement, I could appreciate his plea to end the insanity. I'd finally reached the acceptance stage in my grieving. You have to understand that ESPN had really run with this story. Every episode of Sportscenter, First Take, Around the Horn, Mike and Mike, and PTI had some form of debate around this singular issue. Would LeBron stop dunking? Should LeBron stop dunking? WHY is LeBron dunking? There was so much attention given to this story that it was enough to make any sane person think this was a very real issue, with some kind of meaningful outcome. I mean it moved this guy enough to take matters into his own hands and make a direct plea to Bron.
Which, in fairness to the writer, if I was LeBron reading this I would think two things.
1. This guy definitely doesn't want me to stop dunking. AND 2. I look pretty cool when I'm dunking.
FEBRUARY 28th, 2013
The top story on ESPN.com.
Don't worry about the How to Train Your Dragon tab. I could have easily cropped that out, but in the interest of transparency I thought you needed to understand what I was going through. At that time
But it didn't come to that.
Stand down everyone. LeBron will continue to dunk before games. I'm out.