…has every right to work anywhere he wants. He’s under no legal obligation to northeast Ohio; this is obviously advice for chumps and losers. If he thinks the $28m he made there last year is cramping his style, it’s the American way to add to it. I myself have no conception how to spend a tenth of that; it’s easy to possess a lot of stuff (many houses with many rooms, many expensive cars, jewelry, and the like), but James only has about sixteen waking hours a day to experience it, just like everyone else. But the very rich are different from you and me.
Anyway, he said he went to Miami so he could win, and winning is what he’s all about. Obviously winning basketball games is the precise and limited sense in which he means this, though a lot of observers seem to think he had other priorities during this year’s playoffs. While his importance to the stumbling economy of his rustbelt home is almost certainly exaggerated (winning sports teams do not save cities), what he means is not be confused with any sucker’s idea that teamwork applies to a village, a family, fans, or a city.
James is a role model and an ideal of a certain type. Where have we seen this type before? Ah yes, in Blue Chips. I recall a little conversation between the coach and the mother of one of his players, who are being corrupted left and right by boosters. From memory: “Well, maam, if Joey makes it into the NBA and becomes a star by cheating, what would he really be?”
Mom knows where its at.
James is not technically cheating, and if you’re not technically cheating or breaking the law, you’re a good person, right? We have absolutely no right to criticize someone who hasn’t actually been indicted convicted exhausted his appeals.
Someone else is coming to mind in connection with this episode…oh yes, Midge Kelly. Again, this is so unfair: James is, as far as I can tell, a better person than Kelly, and never beat up a crippled brother; I can’t imagine why Kelly came to mind reading the saga of James leaving everyone behind while he goes for a personal brass ring; completely unfair. James seen his opportunities and is taking them, and is there really more we can expect?