Keith Olbermann Needs to Lighten the Hell Up About Media Coverage of LeBron's 61-Point Game
Did writers who cover the team take some poetic license in describing how special the performance was? Sure. Especially this asshole.
But writers do this all the time. Particularly sportswriters. Particularly writers who cover the "big market" teams like the Red Sox or Yankees.
How many times have we had to hear about Derek Jeter's amazingness, even as he's slipped further and further into being a mediocre fielder? How many times have we all had to swallow how important and hallowed Red Sox world titles have been since 2004 -- as if a Red Sox World Series win is more important than other World Series wins?
Writers take poetic license because otherwise, people would just read box scores.
Here's what was great and special about LeBron's 61: He did it taking such few shots.
His efficiency is off the charts. And while guys like Kobe and Carmelo can hit 60 points in their sleep, that's exactly the point. Those two are score-first players. LeBron is perhaps the most complete basketball player we've ever seen. His career is riddled with criticism for always looking for the open teammate rather than taking the shot himself.
The very fact that he's capable of hitting 61 is the point of the greatness of this performance.
And the fact that he's the greatest living player right now is what makes talking about his 61 points so much fun.
LeBron historically never takes 30-plus shots per games. It's not his style. But he can. And when he does, 61 happens.
Then there's the constant comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in the segment. As if Wilt -- as great as he was -- didn't play against mostly small, slow white dudes who couldn't even get a ticket to an NBA game on StubHub if they were around today.
Comparing LeBron to Wilt is like comparing Miguel Cabrera to Babe Ruth.
It's fun but ultimately stupid.
And even if Skolnick was comparing LeBron to DiMaggio, that would be pretty on-point, anyway. DiMaggio was the greatest player of his day and remains a sports icon.
LEBRON IS THE SAME FUCKING THING, YOU BLOCKHEAD.
What, DiMaggio is the only one allowed to be blown by sports scribes?
Then there's the obvious FELICIA in the room: the fact that his current employer, ESPN, has made ratings gold over the years in saturating its airwaves criticizing LeBron -- particularly since he joined the Heat.
LeBron has been called a choker, not hungry, lacks killer instinct, LeChoke, LeBrick, and not as good as Derrick Rose over the years by The Four Letter Network.
When it hasn't been smoking Tim Tebow's pole, ESPN has dedicated thousands of hours to full-on LeBron hatred.
Olbermann speaks of the media's pedestal but fails to mention ESPN as the wrecking ball.
Gas Bagging Clowns like Skip Bayless and Ric Bucher (when he was there) and Bill Simmons have built their recent relevancy on shitting all over LeBron before the guy can even get anywhere near the midpoint of his career.
ESPN talking heads have reveled at every chance they've had at any LeBron failure, and the constant comparisons to Michael Jordan have been exhausting.
So, excuse the media, Frances -- particularly the Heat media -- if a great game by today's greatest player is sprinkled with a little poetic hyperbole.
Not to mention the fact that, not once in the entire segment did Olbermann mention by name the biggest culprit of the 61 Hyperbole Machine: HIS OWN FUCKING EMPLOYERS.
Sure, he mentions ESPN's Heat Index writer Tom Haberstroh. But a token "he said this thing" isn't the point. Not when Sports Center, Around The Horn and that Cold Pizza First Take show went on and on about it.
Yes, there have been other people who have scored 61 points.
Thanks for clearing that up, Keith.
Not a single person alive is saying otherwise, SIR.
Now for the love of God, get back to not trying to get fired from yet another network.
Heyy-oooo low hanging fruit from way downtown BANG!
/good night and good luck
//throws paper at computer