When LeBron tweeted about Blake Griffin's dunk destruction of Kendrick Perkins, it gave Perk a sad. "You don't see Kobe tweeting," he said. "You don't see Michael Jordan tweeting." You also don't see Kobe or MJ running to the media to complain that someone was mean to them on the internet.
"If you're an elite player, plays like that don't excite you ... I just feel he is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him."
By definition, Twitter is about seeking attention. But James's tweet was mildly self-effacing, and more importantly, it came a week before Perkins decided to speak up. Was Perkins silently stewing over it for days, before deciding to go to Yahoo with his grievance? Did he think everybody hates LeBron so much that they'd instantly come to Perkins's defense?
"I'm an easy target," James said, referring specifically to Larry Bird saying he'd rather play with Kobe, but really, it's applicable to any story about him.
"You could be watching cartoons with your kids and you don't like it, you say, 'Blame it on LeBron.' If you go to the grocery store and they don't have the milk that you like, you just say, 'It's LeBron's fault.' "
He's right, but while it's not necessarily fair that James is the NBA's go-to villain, it's not unexpected. He had to know that by signing with Miami he'd be forfeiting any shot at being the good guy. That's fine, if you're a ruthless killer, which LeBron may or may not be. But up against a nice guy, a sensitive soul like Kendrick Perkins, it's probably best not to engage at all.
No matter his motivations, James isn't backing down from his comments on Griffin's dunk over Perk. It's already been retweeted 100+ times, so there no sense going through his feed and deleting it.
"Did I call him out? I mean, did you read the tweet? Did I call him out? I can see why he felt embarrassed. I don't think I was the only one to react to the unbelievable play by Blake and that's what it was all about."
So we can all move on now? Yes? At least until the Thunder and Heat meet in the finals, and this provides the meat for the lamest beef ever.