The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 April 2003

Without pretense

Six-foot-eight LeBron James, 18, about to finish up his years at Akron, Ohio's St Vincent-St Mary High School, has declared himself available for the NBA draft.

Laurence Simon doesn't have a problem with this:

He's especially heroic and magnanimous for not wasting one college's valuable educational resources that would have landed him and then had to pretending to teach him for four or five years while exploiting his ass for the lucrative NCAA motherlode. In addition, he won't waste a whole bunch of legal expenses that university would have inevitably resulted from his accepting gifts from the alumni association.

And were he to spend those four or five years at, say, the University of Oklahoma, he probably wouldn't even end up with a sheepskin. (Automotive upholstery doesn't count.)

Posted at 9:48 AM to Dyssynergy

How long do you think it's going to take for LeBron to find himself in legal trouble? Handing an NBA-sized paycheck to an 18 year-old is like handing him a "Go directly to jail, do not pass go" card. I hope he proves me wrong, but nothing draws the attention of sleazebags and cops like a niave kid with lots of money. I am afraid his future looks pretty grim, despite his wealth and talent.

I still say that working for the NBA, NFL or MLB should require a college degree.

Posted by: ronbailey at 10:50 AM on 26 April 2003

Whoops, I was shooting for naive, not niave. Maybe the requirements for posting a comment ought to stiffened a little, too!

Posted by: ronbailey at 10:53 AM on 26 April 2003

Then we'd all be blogless and glued to the tube. :)

Actually, NBA history suggests that lack of maturity can appear at any age.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:02 AM on 26 April 2003

"When you see there's no way you can get any hotter ... you've got to take on an opportunity when it's in front of you, and that's what made me make this decision," [LeBron James] said.

Heh. When the NBA talks, stupidity listens.

Posted by: Vickie at 7:22 AM on 27 April 2003

"I want my money now, while I'm still able to spend it without a bunch of damn CPAs cramping my style."

Posted by: CGHill at 1:00 PM on 27 April 2003