" Thou comest to me with a sword and a spear and a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the L-rd of Hosts, the G-d of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast humiliated..." (I Samuel, 17:45-47)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Arrogance Humbled

Here at "The Jewish Fist", I rarely write about professional sports. But I can't resist after watching the Dallas Mavericks defeat the pompous Miami Heat for the NBA championship. It provides us with an opportunity to see the disease of arrogance and egotism humbled on the world stage.  It was an absolute pleasure to watch a veteran, classy bunch play incredible team basketball under their coach Rick Carlisle. Contrast them with the Miami Heat who were defined by their collection of obnoxious, arrogant, superstars, who made it a habit to celebrate early and often (prematurely it turns out). Later in the series, Dwayne Wade and Lebron James even resorted to mocking the Mav's superstar, Dirk Nowitzki, in front of live cameras, and joking that he had feigned a sinus infection. They thought they had the series in control. Man, were they wrong.

Arrogance epitomized. 

And then the Heat fell down hard in the NBA Finals, on the world's biggest stage.  Once again, Lebron proved that he's an overrated man-child, with all the talent in the world but no heart. This shouldn't surprise anyone. After all, James chose to abandon the team that drafted him and his legions of adoring fans in Cleveland. For what purpose? To forge a team of superstars in Miami that brazenly boasted of winning 8 championships before they even played one regular season game together. Last I checked, the count is still zero.

June 2011, and Lebron showed that his stones are still small. His poor sportsmanship after the game only added to his tarnished legacy. And lest we let him off the hook, Dwayne Wade proved that he is equally the arrogant drama queen. The fact remains that both of these poster boys for The Heat choked down the stretch.  It's always a pleasure to see the arrogant humbled.

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