|Magic vs. Bird 2.2|
Oak Hill won 72-66, and they should have because they had alot more talent than the S.V.-S.M. team that LeBron carried. Melo dropped a cool 34 and had 11 boards. James had an ill stat line: 36 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and six steals. The numbers predicted how versatile a player LeBron would become on the court in the NBA but something before the game occurred that the cameras didn't catch that may be telling of how LeBron is perceived off of the court. My friend attended the game and told me it didn't feel like a high school game; the game was played at Soverign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ which seats 8,500, and arguabally the two best players in the NBA at that time, Shaq and A.I. (kinda funny right?), were in attendance. But it is what my friend told me about what took place before the game that stands out for me the most. He told me that before the game Melo was signing autographs and taking pictures with kids and that LeBron declined to do any of that. LeBron as a junior in high school, 16 years old, and its too much for him to sign an autograph? This could mean one of two things: (a) He was so focused and committed to the upcoming game that he didn't want any distractions or (b) he is and has been very full of himself and his personal celebrity. He's a great player no doubt, probably the most physically gifted human to ever touch a basketball. But I guess he's just never been able to tone down the ego a few notches. If that's what makes him go than he should keep doing it, because either way, LeBron being loved or a villain, its good for the NBA. He says he doesn't mind getting booed, but if he does, then I bet he really regrets not taking those pictures and signing autographs for those kids because LeBron knows what karma is . . . As far as Melo goes, his positive karma brought him a National Championship in one year at Syracuse and now a big contract with the Knicks, and a reality show to boot for himself and his wife LaLa. Melo definitely brings the swagger to New York that the Knicks have been missing since John Starks played for them. The Knicks and the Heat were rivals at one point too with some classic playoff battles, and the unforgettable fight that ended with Jeff Van Gundy wrapped around Alonzo Mourning's leg!
Might not see any of that but the court will be filled with very good talent from Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, and Chauncey Billups as well as LeBron and Carmelo.