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I saw this Nike ad that LeBron James made recently. I got to admit, Nike are working really hard on making LeBron James look good again, since he did damage his “brand” after that horrible ESPN special he had in July. You do not ditch your hometown team on national TV and expect to get away with it. Tiger Woods might be wondering why didn’t Nike call him instead.

This is one of the first ads that I actually found interesting, and I feel that a lot of people can connect to it, not just LeBron James or any basketball player. Any person can ask himself or other people this question. In this case, LeBron is asking what should he do; should he admit what he did was wrong, should he remind us he did it before, should he believe he ruined his legacy, or should he take the role of the villain?

In this ad, LeBron just seems to be answering the critics by asking meaningful questions. Questions that people have been asking all summer long. Why did LeBron do this? Why did LeBron leave Cleveland? Is it because of the money? I don’t think so, because Cleveland could offer him more. Is it because of the rings? I think so, but isn’t that going to tarnish his legacy? He’ll never be mentioned in the same breath as his idol Michael Jordan. Hell, I don’t think he should be compared to Kobe even.

I personally think he made the wrong decision, and I wanted him to stay with Cleveland. But again, maybe we wanted James to be loyal. Maybe we wanted him to be the Superman of his team, not Robin to Dwayne Wade’s Batman. Maybe we thought he could be better than Mike, and all be witnesses to the greatest.

He doesn’t seem to be or think so. He doesn’t want to be who we want him to be.

He wants to be who he wants to be.

And he wants more thing:

A question to be answered:

What should I do?


Kobe Bryant was one of the most hated athletes in the United States.

Tiger Woods was on the other side of that spectrum,

Add back to back NBA championships for Kobe in the past two years, and the sex scandal (call that multiple if you want) for Tiger Woods, and surprisingly, they are tied as America’s Top Sports Star, in a survey of 2,227 adults conducted by Harris Interactive.

Kobe Bryant is now America's top sports star with golfer Tiger Woods

One wouldn’t expect Kobe to be at top, knowing how much  hatred he receives in the league despite being the best basketball player today, but I certainly wouldn’t expect Tiger Woods to still be liked with all the controversy surrounded by him this year.

Woods had possessed the number one position alone since ’06, while Kobe Bryant made a jump from fourth last year to tie the greatest golfer alive.

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees moved up from  fifth to third while LeBron James dropped from third to sixth, despite the fact that this survey was done from June 14 to June 21, i.e. before James decided to leave Cleveland for Miami.

The legend that James and Bryant are being compared to, Michael Jordan, had a huge drop from the second position to seventh.

Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Peyton Manning also saw improvement, as they rose from ninth to fourth and seventh to fifth respectively.

The top 10 was rounded off with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who failed to make the Top 10 last year, at eight, followed by Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees of New Orleans Saints at ninth, and NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. at number ten.

The names aren’t surprises, with only one retired athlete among them (Jordan). Yet one would expect Brees to be the highest among quarterbacks since he won the first Super Bowl for the Saints since Hurricane Katrina.

As for the female athletes, the Williams sisters Serena and Venus once again went 1-2 for the second straight year, while NASCAR’s first female driver Danica Patrick kept her third position for that period as well.

As usual, Serena and Venus giving the 1-2 punch everywhere

Retired soccer player Mia Hamm moved up one spot for number four, and Maria Sharapova, who was tied at six, also moved up one spot.

The tennis list wouldn’t stop there as Anna Kournikova moved up three spots to sixth.

Volleyball player Mista May and gymnast Shawn Johnson tied for number seven, WNBA star Lisa Leslie came in at number 9, with the retired tennis stars Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova finishing the Top 10 in a tie.

Dropping out of the Top 10 for male athletes were  NASCAR”s Jeff Gordon and St. Louis’ first baseman Albert Pujols. As for the the female athletes, there were more dropouts, including WNBA’s Candace Parker, golfer Annika Sorenstam,  figure skater Michelle Kwan and former tennis star Chris Evert.