Doug Robinson: Memo to LeBron: Self-promotion is not cool

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  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 4:53 p.m.


    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear --
    "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    Mr Jazz Source we calling "The Mailman" selfish now. Should we right a big article about how terrible Karl is. He literally talks about himself. He wouldn't even use I's or me's. He referred to himself in the 3rd Person. "Karl Malone thinks this... Karl Malone calls himself the mailman cause Karl Malone always delivers ect."

    Michael Jordan refers to himself as the greatest basketball player ever.

    I could go on and on

    The fact is almost everyone in the NBA is self centered that's why they are good. they are so competitive and want to be the best and Lebron is no exception. John Stockton and Kevin Durrant are rare exceptions to the great ones.

    "The bottom line is selfish people talk about themselves. Some selfish people even do good things (i.e. boys girls club) to make themselves look good instead of just simply to help people."

    How do you have such "inside" information into his charity reasons? Seems a bit judgmental. He has his own foundation that helps kids all over the place. The guy has done great things for the NBA and people in general.

  • bigv56 Cottonwood, CA
    Feb. 19, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    He should let his basketball do the talking. His self promos have been duds. Russell put him in his place. 2 hs titles,2consecutive NCAA camps, an nba title in his firs and last years and 9 in between. It's a team game lb.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 1:16 p.m.


    You bring up some good points. However, just because he does some/maybe alot of good things does not mean you get to ignore the selfishness. "The Decision" wasn't first and foremost about the boys and girls club. That was secondary to what "The King" was doing regarding team selection. LeBron surrounded himself with people with poor judgement and he let them misguide him. This is not new news.

    Only an idiot would not think this guy is a great basketball player. I sure don't need some guy literally calling himself the King in order to figure that out.

    Self promotion and bragadoccio get on most peoples nerves. Its annoying.

    The bottom line is selfish people talk about themselves. Some selfish people even do good things (i.e. boys girls club) to make themselves look good instead of just simply to help people. I don't know in this case for sure because I am not a mind reader but you can't ignore all the self-promoting prideful statements.

    Just play LeBron and let us enjoy it and come to our own conclusions. Who knows, he might even be viewed as greater if he does.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    Thats fine if you don't like lebron but to write a article talking about how arrogant he is seems like old dougie is runnin out of stuff to write about. If lebron continues to dominate the way he has he will be one of the top 4 players ever. Its not like he just came out and said he was the best. he was asked the question. he told the truth.

    Don't bring up "the decision" either. I can't figure out why he was so hated for this. he raised 2.5 million dollars for the boys and girls club with that program, and there was another 3.5 million from advertising from that program that was actually donated to various charities as well. How is this bad? Doug when was the last time you used your status to help out charities? if you have great but I guarantee it wasn't 6 million dollars worth. You mention the awards he has gotten and talk about how selfish he is? Last year he led the team in points rebounds and assists. doesn't seem too selfish. oh yeah you also didn't mention he won the NBA community assist award.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    Lebron is just being Lebron and exemplifying his self-venerating generation.

    My NBA Mount Rushmore - with only 4 available slots would be:


    My 2nd 4 would be:

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Self promotion, greed, crime, exploitation. It's all in basketball, and to varying degrees throughout pro 'sport'.

  • Bankshot7 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Pride is the inordinate love of self — a super-confidence and high esteem in your own abilities also known as vanity. Pride fools one into thinking that you’re the source of your own greatness. Pride is excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Humility is the remedy for pride as it shows that a person recognises that talent is a gift from God.

  • TMR Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 18, 2014 8:54 p.m.

    Leave him alone. He is for the most part a good role model. There are worse characters in sports, politics, and yes, even the media.