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How LeBron is under MORE pressure to win than ANY player in history! “Diamonds”

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses for a portrait with the World Championship Trophy after winning the NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Finals Game Seven on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sigmund Freud, the foundin’ father of psychoanalysis, once said, “We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, laid it out like this, “The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man…It is more powerful than external circumstances.” Then Peter Marshall, the famous preacher, shut the buildin’ down with, “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”

On Sunday night LeBron James fulfilled a dream/promise to bring a championship home to Cleveland! Two summers ago this dun put the ENTIRE city on his back and told boyz to ride with him because he’s got it. Pressure like no other playboy. To tell a city that hasn’t seen a professional sports championship in 52 years that’s he’s got it is enormous if not impossible. A few years ago the ESPN The Magazine did a cover story with ole boy sittin’ down with Chris Broussard. They talked about a number of things from his fear of failure, his relationship with Jordan or lack thereof and growin’ up an MJ and AI fan. But what they didn’t talk about is all of the pressure that this dun faced comin’ into the league that was created by the very people who put him on a pedestal at 16. 

What boyz have never seemed to realize about LeBron James is that he came into the NBA with more pressure than any player that has EVER been drafted. And oh yes playa… that includes Michael Jeffery Jordan!  

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Boyz have been pilin’ on this cat for years about why he couldn’t lead the Cavs (some BUMS) past the veteran San Antonio Spurs in the Finals when he was just 22 years old. They blasted him for leavin’ Cleveland after playin’ through two contracts and hookin’ up with his boys down on South Beach as well. What duns fail to realize, especially Jordan fans, is that their boy Mike never had the pressure that LeBron had to win multiple championships when he walked into the league. There was no expectation for Mike to win titles comin’ out of North Carolina. He went to the Bulls bruh! As a kid I could go over to the Bulls games, bring my sneakers and get some playin’ time! Nobody expected that dun to win out the gate! Don’t ever forget that playa! 

Even though there had been legends like Bill Russell that had come before Jordan, his legacy from day one wasn’t compared to Russell’s. When Mike was drafted boyz weren’t sayin’ that in order for him to be great he’s got to win at least 11 championships. They weren’t sayin’ that if he doesn’t at least match Bill in titles he’ll be a failure. They weren’t comparin’ him to the Big O and sayin’ that if he didn’t average a triple double for at least a season he’s not worth the price of admission. Naw playboy! You didn’t hear that! 

The media didn’t say when Kobe came out of Lower Marion High School that if he didn’t win as many as Jordan he would be considered a failure. But from day one LeBron had to be better than Jordan or bust because the media said so and because very few human beings actually think for themselves the fans accepted it as fact. 

When Jordan came into the league as a very inconsistent shooter that couldn’t go to his left they didn’t say that he was a bust because there were parts of his game that needed work. They did begin to ask the question, “When is he goin’ to win “A” title not 6?” because boyz like Magic, Bird and Zeke were already winnin’ and Mike was such a prolific scorer. They didn’t say, “When is he gonna win 11?” No, they let that young boy develop into the player that he eventually became. Nobody said once he won his first joint in ’91 that he’s got to win 10 more to be the greatest player we’ve ever seen! Stop me when I start lyin’ now! 

However, LeBron came into the league with the expectation from all of the media that named him “The Chosen One” that if he didn’t live up to it he’d be a failure. What blows me away is that the same media that named him “The Chosen One” got upset with the kid when he put it on his back. The same duns that called him “King James” even before he’d won anything got mad at him because he ran with the moniker like every other kid that gets a nickname from the media. 

He didn’t come up with his own nickname any more than Magic, The Ice Man, Pistol Pete, Chocolate Thunder or Air Jordan came up with theirs. But the world frowned upon this cat for acceptin’ the pressure that came with the name.  

So if you never take time to understand the pressure that this dun had on him to win from day one you’ll never begin to understand why he’s made the decisions that he’s made about his future. You hear cats blastin’ him about why he left Cleveland to play with his boyz etc. But nobody seems to deal in the reality of LeBron James!

After playin’ through two contracts with some bums and no help comin’ in the foreseeable future, his coach had just been fired and his GM had just quit. Why stay? Because the pressure to win and become better than Jordan wasn’t goin’ anywhere. That train had already left the station when he was 16 years old playboy and nobody was gonna let him off of the hook and he knew that. 

No other player in the history of the game had been put on the cover of Sports Illustrated and named “The Chosen One!” Not even the great Michael Jordan! Why? Because he wasn’t the greatest high school basketball player the world had ever seen.  

Let me put it where the goats could get it bruh. There has never been a kid drafted into the NBA that HAD to win 5,6,7 championships just to get the respect of the dull media and the ignorant fans that believe everything a dun on TV says because he’s, well, on TV.  They’ve  brain washed the fans into believin’ that if LeBron doesn’t win at least 6 championships he’s a failure. Nobody has ever had that type of pressure! Not Wilt, Bill, Magic, Bird or Jordan! 

Sure, LeBron added to that pressure when he did the dull pep rally in Miami and got caught up in the hype and said, “Not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7!” That was stupid because now boyz are gonna hold you to it. But don’t get it twisted, that expectation had already been set on the table the day he walked into the league in 2003 because they constantly compared him to Jordan before he’d even signed a contract. 

So when LeBron made the decision to leave Cleveland not one of the duns doggin’ him about why he left ever once thought about the pressure that this cat was under to win! See if Jordan had only won 2 titles boyz wouldn’t have tripped. Why? Because there was no expectation for him to win 11 championships when he was drafted. There was no expectation for him to be better than Wilt, Bill or the Big O etc. Magic and Bird were still playin’. So their resumes were still bein’ formed. Therefore, Mike didn’t play under the same microscope that LeBron has been playin’ under. 

Not only was LBJ dealin’ with the pressure to win. He increased it by tellin’ a fan base that hasn’t won a title in 52 years and had NEVER seen a basketball title that he was comin’ to the crib to win one for them. And in two years he did it in the most amazin’ manner. He led his team in darn near EVERY statistical category known to man. Not only did they win the title. They beat arguably the best statistical team in the history of the league with the best shooter of all-time after bein’ down 3-1. He led the team in points (208), rebounds (79), assists (62), blocks (16) and steals (18). All of those numbers were No.1 in the History of the Finals! Pressure!

But check this out bruh! He’s lived up to the hype and at age 31 he’s a far better player and he’s more accomplished than Jordan was at the same age. Simple numbers playboy, he can play all 5 positions and guard them, he’s been to 7 Finals, won 3 of them and he’s won 3 Finals MVP’s and 4 league MVP’s. Mike at the same age had only been to 3 Finals, had 3 titles and won 3 MVP’s. He only won 5 MVP’s in his whole career bruh! LeBron’s sittin’ on 4 already! And oh yeah, MJ could only play 2 positions!

Stop tellin’ me about Mike never losin’ in the Finals because up to this point in his life he’d only been to 3! At the same age LeBron’s been to 7 with three different teams and two franchises! And he’s got at least 4 or 5 good years left in him bruh! 

Think about this playboy! Every dun that LeBron had played with has already overachieved in life! Not one of those cats came into the league with the media expectation of havin’ to win a title not even D. Wade that has 3 rings to his credit. If he had never won a title comin’ out of Marquette nobody would have cared. Duns like Bosh, Kyrie, Kevin Love etc. have become rich beyond their wildest dreams, datin’ or married to some broad that they never would have met had it not been for the bread they’ve made as a result of the NBA and winnin’ a championship because of LeBron. Cats like Iman Schumpert and JR Smith were traded to Cleveland for a 2nd round pick in 2019 bruh! They are now NBA Champions now. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? So the only cat in the car that still has somewhere to go is LeBron. Why? Because the pressure to win ain’t goin’ nowhere like Puff Daddy! 

Everybody else is just ridin’ bruh. If they make it to another Finals cool, if not… oh well they’ve already overachieved. 

So now you can understand the pressure that this cat is playing under that nobody in the history of the game ever had to deal with. Not even the great Michael Jordan. So when you see this cat on the street just give him a pound because he’s doin’ the impossible under the pressure continues to make diamonds! Stop me when I start lyin’! 

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Spit: verb – to say

2) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific. 

3) Put it where the goats can get it: verb phrase – to make it as simple as pie. To lower it to the most elementary level of understandin’. To put it in the ground so it can be reached.