First off there is a milestone I need to mention. Today (May 3) marks the beginning of my third month as a "Blogger." I've enjoyed it immensely and it seems you guys enjoy it, too. You keep reading, I'll keep writing.For those of you that don't watch "Lost," I can't tell you how much I suggest you change that immediately. This is coming from a guy that loves "Sopranos", and "West Wing", "Deadwood" and "24". "Lost" is TV at it's best. I don't want to go into spoilers, but tonight's episode in particular was excellent. Looking forward to the final three weeks. But that's not what this blog is about.
I'm a Michael Jordan fan. I grew up watching His Airness reign over the NBA leaving future Hall of Famer after future Hall of Famer shaking their heads in disgust, knowing they'd never get a championship. Barkley, Ewing, Malone. Seriously it's a who's who of basketball. I saw every championship he won and there was never any doubt in my mind that he was and would always be the greatest basketball player ever.
But I didn't even really know the game. I was so young. In 1991 as Jordan and the new look Bulls took on the Lakers I was ten years old. Even when he retired and came back, winning in 1996-1998. In '98 I hadn't even graduated high school. My point is this, my appreciation for the nuances of the game has grown considerably since Jordan's last run. I know the ins and outs of basketball as well as any casual fan and better than most. All this knowledge hasn't lessened my appreciation and admiration for the Great One's accomplishments, it's strengthened them. And this is why I am so proud to be a Witness.
Anybody who knows b-ball knows I'm referencing the great Nike ads celebrating Lebron James' first playoff series. A co-worker of mine (Fox, for those in the know) likes to rib me about my unabashed Lebron love. He is a Jordan fan like me, and he bristles a bit at the constant references to Bron-Bron's "Jordanesque" play. Without a doubt Lebron is the greatest 21 year old to ever hold a basketball. In only three years in the league he has asserted himself as a (if not THE) premier player. The youngest Rookie of the Year, the youngest All-Star MVP, only the third player to debut into the playoffs with a triple-double, only the fourth player to average better than 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the season. The others who accomplished that feat: Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, and Michael Jordan. In his third season and first trip to the playoffs, he leads the league in playoff scoring and is second in fourth quarter scoring (although that stat got a lot closer after tonights game). Lebron has shown an ability to grow as a player and a leader that leaves me no doubt, that he will become one of the greatest players ever. And I get to watch. I get to watch his whole career, understanding the importance of every record he shatters. I get to appreciate his awareness of and admiration for those that came before him. I get to tell my kids about how I watched King James drop a triple double his first night in the postseason. I am a Witness. And damn, am I proud.