The man is an icon, a legend, a menace, and so much more depending on whom you ask. But regardless of your personal opinion, chances are you’ve heard of Lebron James.
Reports of vandalism at his home in L.A. quickly flooded the sports world on Wednesday May 31st, the eve of the NBA Finals. With all the pressure placed upon him by the media, mixed with having to prepare for a Golden State team that was surely seeking revenge after last years upset; you’d think the Cleveland star already had enough on his plate without having to deal with the vandalism of his home.
News reports elaborated on the details of the vandalism to say that a racial slur had spray-painted across the front gate of his home.
In the past James has been very open about his stance on racial matters. At last years ESPY awards he went on stage and called on all athletes to use their platform to help unite all races in anyway possible. He has gone on record voicing his gratitude for leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Muhammad Ali. James addressed the media Wednesday evening saying, “ No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.”
Now that all eyes are on him (as if they weren’t already) the question is: Can the King block out all of the distractions and achieve success in the form of another NBA Finals Championship? Or rather, can he take the adversity and use it to fuel his quest the way the great Muhammad Ali did so many times?
Thursday’s performance by the Cleveland was less than impressive, but series’ aren’t won in the first game. With game 2 on the line Lebron and his squad have an excellent opportunity to prove themselves at Golden State before returning home. It’s a throne fit for a king.