Lebron Monster, System Deserves Credit And Fault

There is a very interesting article on Yahoo Sports regarding Lebron James and his not-so-happy attitude towards head coach Eric Spoelstra.  The article begins by explaining how Spoelstra went out and sought advice from previous coaches that have had to deal with Lebron and the message he came back with was simple, in order to succeed he would need to:

End the cycle of enabling with James and hold him accountable.

Right off the bat that line says a lot, but the article goes much deeper.   I do not care or care to argue if the article is completely true or not.  A lot of the things that are pointed out in the article are similar enough of what has previously been released about Lebron.  I believe where there is smoke there is fire.

According to the article here are some of the things James has, for the first time in is career, heard no to:

Can I stay overnight to party in New Orleans after a preseason game?

Can I play the clown in practice?

Can I get out of playing point guard?

The next scene in this play involves James and his agent Maverick Carter planting a storywhich does not paint a rosy picture between James and Spoelstra.  Next up is the supposed corruption of a normally loyal Dwayne Wade, who is also seemingly going against the coach.  Many people who know Wade closely are very disappointed in him.  They seem to think he is following the Lebron way of cowardly blaming everyone else.

Here are some more Lebron points in the article.

The fundamental problem for Spoelstra isn’t that James doesn’t respect coaches – he doesn’t respect people. Give LeBron this, though: He’s learned to live one way with the television light on, and another with it off. He treats everyone like a servant, because that’s what the system taught him as a teenage prodigy. To James, the coach isn’t there to mold him into the team dynamic. He’s there to serve him.

Does System Deserve Credit and Fault

My question is, is it our youth system that creates monsters like Lebron.  For someone who has not done anything worthy of a police blotter Lebron does not come off as a very good human.  The youth basketball system has morphed into a system where all great youth players get a chance to play each other in summer camps, AAU ball, or the increasingly popular Prep School powerhouses that travel all over the country.

Stars like Lebron are babied, but stars are babied all over the country at almost every level.  The difference here is, due to the chance of playing everybody who is anybody, Lebron KNOWS he is the best at a very young age.  It is one thing to first get national attention in college or the pros for being one of the best at 20 years old, it is quite another to think and KNOW you are the best at 15/16 years old, which Lebron did.

Our youth system allows these great players to play against the highest of competition all across the country.  There are no boundaries to who and when you play with AAU, summer camps, and Prep schools.  This allows our young players the great opportunity to play against other great players, but what happens if one player is TOO dominant early on?   We may be finding out that answer with Lebron James.

Topics: Eric Spoelstra, Lebron James, Miami Heat

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