LEGACY SCHMEGACY

Every ESPN TV and radio platform, when it isn’t shoving the World Cup in your face, is telling you that you really need to care about where Lebron James ends up next year.

I don’t care where he ends up because I don’t care about the NBA, but I understand it’s a story and it’s important to a lot of people.

What I don’t get is all the “legacy” talk.

I keep hearing and seeing discussions about LeBron’s legacy and how it will be affected if he leaves Miami and ends up on his third team.

Does anybody REALLY care about his legacy?

Does LeBron REALLY care about his legacy?

Why should he?

He should do whatever he thinks will make him happy now.

Do you really think that Wayne Gretzky cares that he made that stop in St. Louis to play for the Blues?

Would it have made sense for him to stay in Edmonton instead of agreeing to the trade to Los Angeles because it would make him happier now as a 53 year old man?

The media love to talk about this stuff, but can they really expect the players to take it seriously?

Myron Cope would say that the people obsessing on LeBron’s legacy sound like a bunch of card party women.

I would never say that in 2014 because it’s politically incorrect.

I wouldn’t want it to affect my legacy.

  • Ken Rosenzweig

    I’ve always thought that the “legacy” talk was nonsense. It the athlete’s life and they should do what makes them happy. I don’t think Peyton Manning is regretting his move to Denver. There’s always that talk about hanging on too long, “ruining your legacy.” You’re only young once, play as long as you can and as long as you want to. Don’t leave anything in the tank; you have the rest of your life to grow old. Willie Mays looked bad as a Met, Hank Aaron bad as a Brewer (and Unitas, Namath, etc.). They’re all still remembered as great players despite their decline at the end. John Elway went out “on top,” preserving his legacy to some. He was playing as well as ever at the end and Denver won two straight Super Bowls. (IMO, he was better as an old QB than the young one who couldn’t throw a touch pass to save his life.) You can’t tell me that he doesn’t wonder all the time how much longer he could have played, if he could have won another championship.

  • Bobzilla

    We have legacy issues right here, in our own backyard: Pompeani and Cook have been fretting about Big Ben’s Legacy since 2010, even to the point of bashing Bradshaw. These two objective and unbiased journalists won’t rest until they have the entire region pretending that Roethlisberger has won six Super Bowls all by his lonesome. And that he’s going to win another six … or more. Never mind that he’s thrown 1 TD pass and 3 picks in the two Super Bowls the Steelers have won with him. Meanwhile, one of the great defenses in Steelers history came and went without much fanfare or appreciation. It was a defense that ranked at or near the top of the league for about 7 seasons, starting in 2004 until 2010. A legacy, I suppose, is only in the eye of the media.