What do you think about Michael Jordan? He’s a legend, you’d say. And what about Kobe, what do you think about him? O yeah, he is the greatest player of all times you’d say. And then, you’ve got LeBron James, (6 feet 7 inches) tall Power forward/ Small Forwards from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James, the man who likes to be called The King, the man who stopped wearing his signature headband because he wanted to look like his teammates, to be one of them. Sports Illustrated called him the sportsperson of the year. His fans are happy, he is super happy, but there are those who see it from another point of view.
There are many basketball fans who say he is not as great as Jordan, as Kobe, or as any other legend we can name. But that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Why do we want to compare two individuals? What makes a person less of a legend than the other one?
There are leaders who tell you to do things, and there are leaders who lead the way, take charge of a challenging situation, and turn it around. You don’t need to ask us which one’s the LeBron kind. Here is what Richard Jefferson; the Cleveland Cavaliers Small forward has to say about James:
“I don’t care if you’re a LeBron ‘fan,’ or not, I have seen it: Bron has something I’ve never seen. The way he says ‘Follow me and I’ll take you there’ with actions, more than words, is like no one else I’ve ever played with. He’s the kind of leader who makes you want to carry the weight, too. I feel indebted to him. We all do.”
Isn’t it the exact trait, the exact quality that we look for in our leaders, and not just in sports? One look at LeBron, and you know his determination is audacious, his goals unfathomable and his vision downright crazy. But it’s his skills, his presence, his self-confidence and his trust in his team that makes him the true definition of a leader. He doesn’t need to be great like Jordan, Kobe, O’Neal or Jabbar; he is great in his own way.
In boxing, we have Holyfield, Tyson, Ali, Sugar Ray, and many other legends. Did we ever wonder who is the greatest of them all? Wouldn’t comparing the legends an insult to the game?
Players like LeBron James are not found every other day. They are a rare find because these gems are hard to find because they aren’t born every day.
LeBron’s military-like approach that he brought with him from Miami Heat enabled him to inculcate values like discipline, punctuality, focus and accountability in his teammates. If we have such people in charge of the leading positions in the world, whether it is the politics, business organizations, or any other aspect of life, things would be so much better. Don’t you think?