LeBron Should Shake Hands, Consider New Team
Isiah Thomas was the original poor loser and superstar mope. His image never recovered after he and his Pistons teammates, unable to accept the collapse of their mini-dynasty, snubbed Michael Jordan and the Bulls by refusing to shake hands. It's one of the last practices of good sportsmanship we have left in the athletic arena, a ritual that should be preserved.
LeBron James, arguably the best team-sports athlete in the world these days, dumped all over that playoff tradition Saturday night. The least he can do, while thrusting his commercial ambitions in America's face every other TV timeout, is be a man and congratulate Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic instead of blowing out of Amway Arena without even a nod to the Eastern Conference champions. Yes, I understand James is 24, feeling the weight of his eventual place in history and surely wondering if Cleveland is feasible as his long-term base in a career that demands multiple titles.