Maybe LeBron James is learning some humility. Maybe he’ll come through a second NBA Finals loss as a better player, if not a better person. Maybe he’ll understand what it takes to win an NBA championship and we’ll look back at this year’s playoffs as an aberration from before he had it all figured out. That’s all part of the process of becoming a dominant superstar who leaves behind a sterling legacy.
For now, we still get to make fun of him, so let’s enjoy it while it lasts. The Peoria Chiefs, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, sure are. From their website:
The Peoria Chiefs have added a LeBron James 2011 NBA Championship Replica Ring Giveaway to all fans on Thursday June 16 to enhance the Salute to the 1990s Chicago Bulls Championship Teams Night. The replica ring, which like LeBron’s is non-existent, will be handed out to all fans through the gates prior to the 7:00 p.m. game against Wisconsin.
Throughout the night the Chiefs will be celebrating a true champion, the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 Chicago Bulls. Despite having the greatest player of all time, the most decorated coach in NBA history and two other Hall of Famers, the Bulls always played, and won as a team. There will be video clips of the Bulls titles along with audio highlights and trivia while the team will take the field to “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project.
In addition to the LeBron replica ring, the Chiefs are looking into whether or not the game can skip the fourth inning to honor King James who took off the fourth quarter of every finals game.
“We aren’t sure if the league will allow it,” said team President Rocky Vonachen. “But if LeBron doesn’t need to show up for the fourth, maybe we won’t either.”
One lucky fan will win a replica of James’ 2011 Finals MVP Award which he earned with his clutch fourth quarter play. Fans will also have the opportunity to learn how to perform the Heimlich to prevent themselves or their colleagues from choking in a big situation.
Got him. Totally got him. Between the choking, the not showing up for the fourth quarter, and especially, the no rings, LeBron James has been zinged every which way but loose by the Peoria Chiefs, a team most people have never heard of. Flawless victory. Finish him. Fatality.
The only thing that could make this better is if the Chiefs threw themselves a victory celebration before the game started. Do that and they’d really cover all their bases, which is a baseball pun. Versatility, holmes.