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Dawn Knight

Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

City-sized ego


I probably won't watch tonight's ESPN special announcing LeBron James's decision. A quick click of the mouse will give me in a few seconds what ESPN will be dragging out for an hour. Plus, I haven't cared about the NBA since the Pacers and Pistons had their infamous brawl.

When LeBron James was drafted in the first round in 2003, I actually wondered if he was a rare exception to the typical athlete drafted too young and immature to handle the fame and fortune. His playful personality, evident in various endorsement deals, made him likable. Seven years later, however, I have to wonder how well he actually made the transition. Instead of poking fun at himself, now he seems to be taking himself too seriously. Then again, with the money being thrown at him and attention he is receiving, his nickname does seem at least somewhat validated.

Like Frankenstein, will his makers regret their mad creation? And now that the proverbial monster has been created, one has to wonder if it will run rampant and affect other sports as well. How long before NFL teams are held hostage by a player, or rather a player's out-of-control ego? Will the salary caps and franchise tags be enough to keep it at bay? These questions are especially significant this year.

The NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement expires in 2011, and the new rules are not yet established. Little can be accomplished until that happens. Until then, organizations and fans will have to wait and hope. The LeBron James situation, I am sure, will at least factor into the new regulations as the NFL tries to keep the monster at bay. This year, NFL teams can pretty much spend freely. This does not mean they will, however, as the CBA regulation changes will be put into place next year and will effect whatever decisions were made this year.

Of particular interest to me is how the LeBron James situation will affect the CBA and, therefore, the negotiations to keep Peyton Manning with the Colts. I can't see that being an entire ESPN special, though, because despite his talent and hefty contracts, Manning's ego isn't vast enough to warrant that. It's not as big as LeBron James's ego, which is the size of Cleveland, or is it Miami? New York? Chicago?

By Dawn Knight  |  July 8, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  | Category:  Collective Bargaining Agreement , Free Agency , NFL , NFL Rules Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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LeBron James announces that he will buy the Miami Heat, endorse the New York Knicks, marry two of the LA Clippers’ Spirit Dancers in a Utah ceremony in August, become Executive Vice President of Mining and Distribution for Polyus Gold (NJ Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s gold empire) and play basketball part-time for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Read the FUNNY article here:

Posted by: eye95 | July 8, 2010 1:32 PM

eye95, you left out that he also announced that he will plug the BP oil spill, fix the economy, and end world hunger in his spare time.

Posted by: jlhare1 | July 8, 2010 6:32 PM

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