We all knew that once that final buzzer sounded in last night’s thrilling conclusion to one of the greatest NBA Finals series, that Miami Heat star LeBron James would have to make the usual media rounds before he could finally settle down for the offseason and begin to focus on that coveted three-peat.
Well, one of those first stops was an obvious one. The always-scrutinized James stopped by the ESPN desk to have a small conversation with Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Magic Johnson. When it was Johnson’s turn to speak to LeBron, the NBA legend seemed to have an epiphany of sorts. More or less proclaiming that the two-time NBA champion would most certainly go on to become the greatest human being–not just NBA player–to walk the face of the earth. I can feel the entire nation collectively giving their television sets the gagging gesture with their fingers. Okay, let me rephrase. That probably happened among the majority of the LeBron “haters.” But, you get my point.
As I watched this, something about the events that were taking place in front of me seemed oddly familiar. An ESPN analyst talking about a professional athlete as if they were the second coming. I’ve heard this song and dance before, but where?
Luckily, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had the answer for all of us.
Magic is quickly becoming the John Gruden of ESPN NBA coverage. Everybody is the greatest everything. #bedtime
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 21, 2013
B-I-N-G-O, Mr. Rodgers!
Yes indeed, Magic’s face-to-face analysis of LeBron was eerily similar to that we hear from Monday Night Football analyst, and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden.
When Gruden really gets on the talents of a certain player, you expect that player to receive an immediate Hall of Fame induction. It’s almost as if Gruden is carefully constructing the bust himself. And, that is exactly how Magic came off when speaking towards LeBron last night.
Thanks for pointing that out, Aaron. Now, go get ready because it’s almost your turn to get to work.