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Erin Summers

LeBron James, the best all-around

Posted October 24, 2012

I'm not a die hard NBA fan, I keep up with who's who and what team's doing well, but I don't tune in to watch every game. 

Tuesday night was an exception. The reigning champs were in town and I had to see LeBron James play.

Like all sports fans, I'm sure you have a check-list of stadiums you want to visit, games you'd like to attend and players you'd like to see. For me, LeBron is on that list.

LeBron James is the best player in the NBA and quite arguably the best athlete of our era. Hot off of an NBA Championship, an MVP award and a gold medal, the King is having a banner year. And yet it was him who said he was humbled by his experience at the PNC Arena.

"It’s amazing though the reception that we get here and the places that we go," said James. "The least we can do is go out there and play as hard as we can and show them good basketball."

James played for most of the game, opening with an alley-oop and then a dunk, netting ten points and eight assists on the night. Afterwards the fans could barely wait for their opportunity to get close to the King.

Follwing his post-game interview, James attempted to leave the court but was met with a flock of fans snapping photos and screaming with outstretched hands. Security wasn't prepped for that, and James didn't expect it. But he took the time to shake hands and acknowledge their adoration as he tried to make his way into the tunnel. 

"I think it’s cool," James said afterwards. "The fans are really excited to get an opportunity to see us and their Bobcats. That was a very humbling experience just now, all the fans coming on the floor."

James gets it. Even though it was a preseason game in a college venue, the fans came to see him and he gave them what they wanted. On top of that he enjoyed doing it.

"It’s really fun, especially me a guy who went straight to the NBA from high school," James said. "I didn’t have an opportunity to play in a lot of smaller venues, college arenas, so it’s always great to play in smaller cities that don’t have an NBA team in their respective city."

While I'll always remember seeing the King play for the first time, what will stand out even more is his attitude in doing it. 

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  • nasonbryan Nov 16, 2012

    Not the best of all time.

  • StunGunn Oct 29, 2012

    LeBron has grown up and deserves to be crowned "King". I watched the NBA playoffs and championship games in part to see LeBron lose, but LeBron refused to let that happen. I have to respect an athlete who plays so hard and so unselfish and who will do anything to help his team win. LeBron's spectacular play continued in the Olympics where again he refused to lose. I thought LeBron would make a cameo appearance in the game against the Bobcats, the lowliest team in the NBA. But, LeBron gave everyone in PNC Arena their money's worth. It's refreshing to see an athlete with such a passion for the game and appreciation of the fans that crowned him King.

  • VT1994Hokie Oct 24, 2012

    Nice article Erin. A load of people didn't like LeBron after his "Big Decision" on ESPN. This was way too much hype for a player leaving this team. The fans up there detested this/him. But. LeBron has certainly proven that he's the best right now in this game. This past season in winning the NBA Championship was totally impressive. He led this team every night out. What he did for the team in winning the Gold was out there too. Coach K has loads of respect for him, and LeBron feels the same about Coach K. No doubt that he will continue to grow and lead his team. He surely made me a believer.

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