Antwan Jamison has already admitted that in order for the players to be unified in this year’s lockout deliberations, the superstars must come to the forefront. Who are those superstars?
LeBron James. Dwyane Wade. Kobe Bryant.
However, the name that sticks out of that assembly the most is James because of his obvious history with the organization. About a year ago the Cavaliers knew that their leading man would be coming back to right the wrongs of his performance against the Boston Celtics. Now that the crushing is over and the hearts of Cleveland have been temporarily mended by his collapse in the NBA Finals, enemy lines must be erased because the Cavaliers need the LeBron’s name more than ever.
The owners have officially locked out our beloved NBA players and no matter if you are siding with the billionaires or the millionaires, one fact cannot be disputed. It will take more than a few flashy numbers and bargain brand deals for the owners to know that the NBAPA means business.
They need firepower that can only be loaded by the league’s finest.
This means that as much as players may rest their hats on the determination to beat him, they need James. He must step up to the plate as a spokesperson for the movement and as a firm supporter of his brethren. Whether it is attending meetings or speaking up when talks are going in a direction that does not coincide with the players’ best interest.
This will be a true test of whether or not LeBron James can be a team player and help his fellow man. If he can achieve a voice at a time when his counterparts need him most, we may see a strong shift of support in ‘King James’ favor.
However, Dan Gilbert will probably still hate him.