Hardcourt Correspondent, White Cover Magazine
It’s not Carmelo Anthony’s fault.
As the ugly-ass old guy at the end of the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men clearly tells Tommy Lee Jones, “You can’t stop what’s comin’.”
LeBron James has been a supernova of the hoopla’ ever since his first days on the court in 2003, but he’s taken it to a whole new level now and the New York Knicks learned that once again on Sunday night, getting whupped (Superfly-style) by Bron Bron and the Heat, 99-93, at Madison Square Garden.
The weren’t whupped in the traditional, 30-point sense, but it was a whupping. Close only counts in horseshoes, as we’ve all heard, and the Knicks are just owned by Miami. Every loss, whether it’s by many points or by six, is a loss now. Even though Miami had yet to beat New York this season, you just knew that record didn’t matter. When it comes down to it, the Knicks just can’t beat the Heat.
In the cockpit of this Floridian-based squad in the middle of a 14-game winning streak is their captain (O Captain! My Capatain!), LeBron James, who has seen his career swing and clang like a Plinko chip on its way to the Jackpot slot. He started with hype. He took off and hosted the ESPYs and starred in more commercials than Peyton Manning. He crashed when he couldn’t win a championship in Cleveland, and his PR took a turn for the worse when he ditched for Miami and Ohio folks burned his jersey on Euclid Avenue after his asinine The Decision. In his first year with the Heat, James and his crew were manhandled by the Dallas Mavericks. It seemed James was forever the NBA’s bad guy.
But, wait. That’s all changed.
LeBron is now the guy hugging everyday fans who sink half-court shots and wins thousands of dollars. He’s now the guy with the violin for the Thunder faithful. He smiles and he blows our minds in the world’s only entertaining Harlem Shake video.
LeBron James is the good guy, and Carmelo is still getting over the nosedive his personality took when he forced Denver to trade him. Some criticize him for how he co-existed with Jeremy Lin, but Lin’s not-noteworthy 2013 season has only helped Anthony recover.
Anthony and James are so intertwined, you almost forget just how obvious it is that they were drafted on the same day and only minutes apart.