I think that instead of LOTD standing for “Link of the Day” today, that a more apt title would be “Link of the Decade.” Not only would it allow me to keep my hastily created acronym intact, but it could end up being much more appropriately descriptive of what we all witnessed last night:
The true birth of LeBron James as heir to Michael Jordan’s throne.
Obviously LeBron cannot sit up tall in the throne and own it until he backs his own greatness up with titles, but last night – for the first time – I personally looked at LeBron James and thought, “he really could be the next Michael Jordan.”
For one night, LeBron sat in the throne of the king who came before him. Now, assuming LeBron’s game-winning 3-pointer to beat the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals was just a stepping stone, the current King appears well on his way to someday occupying the same throne as the past king. I won’t yet go so far as to say that he could surpass Michael Jordan, but isn’t incredible just to be able to legitimately consider the possibility?
Shots like what you are about to see (courtesy of Robert Littal at Black Sports Online, always johnny-on-the-immediate-spot with great sports videos) are the reason such a future reality can be considered:
Video: LeBron James Hits Game-Winning 3-Pointer to Beat Orlando Magic in Game Two of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals
And isn’t it just perfectly apt that the defining moment in LeBron’s young career came against a team called the Magic? Not only is Magic Johnson one of the of the two people to whom LeBron is most compared (he is really a Magic-Jordan hybrid), but he is starting to make former Bulls fanatics like myself see the same magic quality in him that we also used to believe was possessed by Michael Jordan.
Like everyone else rooting for the Cavs last night, I thought the game was over and then leapt uncontrollably out of my seat and screamed when I saw the shot go in. More amazingly, for that split second between the time when the ball left LeBron’s hands and then rattled in, I caught myself believing that he was going to make it. Of all the testaments to LeBron’s ever-burgeoning greatness, that may be the most prodigious of all.
Unbelievable. Now, for LeBron’s game-winning shot against the Magic last night to truly have the transcendent, eternal meaning that we all believe it will have, he and the Cavs just have to go finish off the Magic. With the momentum of LeBron’s shot and the greatest player in the world on their side, there is no question in my mind that they will get it done and move onto the Finals, one step away from Cleveland’s first major sports championship since the 60s. Which reminds me of a picture we posted a few months back when all the talk of LeBron-to-New-York and LeBron-to-New-Jersey was running rampant:
He continues to lift the entire city up. Amazing.
And now you have read my best attempt to describe my feeling after watching LeBron James’ game-winner last night. Here are some other attempts from the around sports blogosphere:
- LeBron James = Serial Killer — (Black Sports Online)
- Where LeBron Happens — (Plain-Dealer)
- LeBron James won’t shift from his pass-or-shot decisions — (Plain-Dealer)
- Mass suicide avoided in Cleveland thanks to LeBron James three-point prayer — (Bleacher Report)
- LeBron James redefines “The Shot” — (Waiting For Next Year)
- Cleveland, Where God Happens — (Cursed Cleveland)
- A Note on That Shot — (Cleveland Frowns)