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LeBron and Lowe, an unusual pair

Posted by Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LeBron James and Rob Lowe – an unusual combination of names.

One, of course, is a world-class athlete who took to the television waves last week to play a “will he or won’t he” game with anyone who fell prey to the hysteria of wondering where he will play next year. The other is an actor from Hollywood who had a questionable period in his life as the proverbial “bad boy.”

Granted, back in the 80’s, the definition of a “bad boy” would seem like a joke to kids of today…but I digress!

Anyway, Lowe put out on his Twitter recently a note that said, “Please don't watch the LeBron thing. Let's not teach athletes that this behavior is acceptable. As a life long NBA fan and friend of Magic MJ Kobe Shaq and others with rings, I cannot IMAGINE this kind of hubris from someone without one.”

Sure, he has a point.

It’s amazingly cocky of LeBron to take over the airwaves, jack up commercial prices, and basically take an hour to say a four word sentence (makes me think of that scene in Lord of the Rings when Treebeard says, “You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old English. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.”)

But, it’s funny to me that Lowe wants to correct someone else’s behavior, or “teach” someone a lesson. Who had a sex tape released? Who was involved in Nanny-Gate? Who has consistently proven that people don’t want to watch his television shows?

I’m sure that many people watched the LeBron spectacle (I Googled to try to find an estimated audience number) but I didn’t. Not because I was trying to make a statement (is ONE more television really that noticeable?) but because I was at a benefit for Living Classrooms, listening to a young man who has gone through their program recount the successes in his life that he directly attributes to the opportunities he has received. Even at that event, a celebration of community service, education, philanthropy, and music, the LeBron show was referenced in a joking manner more than once.

More power to LeBron for surviving so many years in a game whose season seems to be unending. Now that he’s done talking (remember, one hour to say four words), let’s move onto the sports that matter.

Bring on Training Camp!


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