The Burden of Greatness

“So it’s a terrible burden, but for one guy, he has to make sure that he always keeps the energy and that positivity flowing in the right direction.”  – Ray Allen on Lebron James

True greatness is to be better than everyone else all the time.  No excuses.  No caveats.  It is unrelentingly unforgiving.  It is the burden of being LeBron James.

As good as they are, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are given a leeway that James is not afforded.  When they play well it is a revival of past glory, and when they don’t,  it is age or injury.  Even Tony Parker can hide behind the well-oiled machinery of the Spurs team conception, or simply acknowledge he is and always will be French.

Lebron James is the best player in the world.  He is healthy and at the height of his powers.  For that he is scrutinized for his minute to minute performance, the outcome of every game and against the legacy of the game itself.  This scrutiny stands on top of the burden he carries for his team as scorer,  facilitator, rebounder, lock down defender, and as Ray Allen alludes to carrier of energy for himself and others.

Life is many things, but fair isn’t one of them.  I don’t know how tomorrow night’s game will play out, but I am pulling for Lebron because I respect the burden of greatness.

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