Kirk Bohls: LeBron did him­self few fa­vors by leav­ing Cava­liers; plus, other mus­ings on base­ball, the Bri­tish Open, Le Tour

NBA star could’ve han­dled his move with more class

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - kIRk BOhLS kbohls@states­man.com

1 Did LeBron ever make up his mind? Missed it. Ac­tu­ally I could have been in Antarc­tica and not missed the most re­cent ex­am­ple of What’s Wrong With Amer­ica To­day. Please, LeBron, get some help. Find a men­tor like a David Robin­son to as­sist with these ca­reer de­ci­sions. I don’t think any pro ath­lete ever did more to sab­o­tage his own rep­u­ta­tion with one moment than James did. Kobe Bryant, who paid for his moment, never acted with such fan­fare when he twice re-signed with the Lak­ers. Charles Barkley said the other day, “Mike (Michael Jor­dan) and I are in 100 per­cent agree­ment on this. If you’re the two-time de­fend­ing NBA MVP, you don’t leave any­where. They come to you. That’s ridicu­lous.”

LeBron just be­came a big­ger vil­lain in Cleve­land than even Art Modell, if but for one rea­son. He is in the news con­stantly whereas Modell could be a Rus­sian spy or a U.S. vice pres­i­dent, and we’d never know. He’s be­come in­vis­i­ble whereas James has no es­cape from the pub­lic and ap­par­ently doesn’t want one. That said, Dan Gil­bert thinks he’s the new Ge­orge Stein­bren­ner. I do be­lieve ev­ery pro fran­chise pro­tects its star, just as Gil­bert did. Not sure if an­other high-pro­file free agent will ever sign with the Cavs af­ter Gil­bert’s naïve, over-the-top tirade.

2 No. 2 on the WWWAT list is the ESPYs, an over­done self-pro­mo­tion of the net­work. I did miss those. Thank­fully. Didn’t watch a sec­ond. Is that show over with yet? What’s next on this net­work? A look at Chris Berman, The Ado­les­cent Years. Stu­art Scott, the man, the myth, the iconic force in jour­nal­ism. I’ll read a book in­stead.

3 Classi­est move by a pro ath­lete (take note, LeBron): Derek Jeter’s wish to con­tinue be­ing in­tro­duced by the late Yan­kees voice Bob Shep­pard. I love it. In fact, if I could have a sec­ond job, I’d want to re­place Shep­pard or Larry King, al­though I have never worn sus­penders. Of course, then I read not a sin­gle Yan­kee went to Shep­pard’s fu­neral. Re­ally?

4 A for­get­table All-Star Game was matched only by the long­est pregame cer­e­mony in the his­tory of pregame cer­e­monies. This is not just sour grapes ei­ther be­cause my Yan­kees lost home-field ad­van­tage in this year’s World Se­ries.

5 When ex­actly did Lance Arm­strong and Greg LeMond start their own re­al­ity TV show? If you have in­for­ma­tion that Lance has doped, present it. Oth­er­wise, give it a rest, Greg.

6 Roy Oswalt has to be traded. Come on, Dray­ton. Don’t botch this one. Nearly ev­ery other ma­jor-league team chooses this route to re­build. Your staunch in­sis­tence that there is no such thing as a re­build­ing year curses your fran­chises and keeps it from re­stock­ing its de­pleted farm sys­tem. Get some­thing, any­thing for Roy. Now. Un­less the an­kle con­tu­sion he suf­fered in Sun­day’s start scares off po­ten­tial suit­ors. The Phillies, Mets and Twins could all use a vet­eran starter. 7 Didn’t love In­cep­tion, al­most from the be­gin­ning. I was thor­oughly in­trigued, how­ever. I love ev­ery­thing Leonardo DiCaprio has ever been in, but this script was so con­vo­luted, so con­fus­ing, that I was al­most hop­ing the 2 hours and 22 min­utes were a dream. I love the premise, the thought-pro­vok­ing na­ture of the film, but I think the movie-maker tried too hard and could have ex­plored the whole psy­cho­log­i­cal na­ture of and our to­tal fas­ci­na­tion with dreams in­stead of re­vert­ing to so much ac­tion footage.

8 Was that the most bor­ing Bri­tish Open — ex­cuse me, Open Cham­pi­onship — ever? Made me long for the All-Star game. That said, I love how run­away win­ner Louis Oosthuizen wished Nel­son Man­dela a happy 92nd birth­day. Very classy.

9 Chris John­son, ESPN re­ports, will make $550,000 for the Ti­tans this sea­son af­ter top­ping 2,000 yards last sea­son. Tom Brady, one of the best three quar­ter­backs in the NFL, along with Pey­ton Man­ning and Drew Brees, is sched­uled to make $3.5 mil­lion. Mean­while, Sam Brad­ford will sign a deal pay­ing him be­tween $45 mil­lion and $50 mil­lion in a sign­ing bonus be­fore throw­ing a sin­gle pass in the league. Is there any­thing more ridicu­lous in sports? I know about ris­ing tides rais­ing all boats and vet­er­ans’ salaries and all, but there is noth­ing more lu­di­crous in pro­fes­sional sports than rook­ies mak­ing more than proven play­ers. If noth­ing else, the next col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment needs to fix the dis­crep­ancy.

10 One crazy predic

tion: Texas will re­ceive ver­bal com­mit­ments from both run­ning backs Mal­colm Brown and Aaron Green by the end of the sum­mer. And Texas will run more this fall than it has in four sea­sons.

Rich Ar­den ESPN

LeBron James an­swers ques­tions posed by Jim Gray dur­ing an in­ter­view on ESPN on July 8, the night he an­nounced his in­ten­tion to leave the Cleve­land Cava­liers for the Mi­ami Heat.

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