Lebron is still the ultimate Alpha Dog

I'm not one to name drop- actually I totally am- but in this instance I haven't received clearance to reveal this guy's identity. That being said, one of my favorite players ever is a guy you've never heard of and a guy who never played in the NBA. Let's call him "Greg." I honestly thought I was one of the craziest and most outrageous guys I'd ever met, until I met him. He and I used to play in an elite underground pickup game in NYC where, during the summer, many NBA players would run.  During the waning moments of a pickup game one of the NBA guys drove the lane for a vicious dunk to put them within game-point.  Greg got the ball from the in-bounder, drove the length of the court, pulled up for a very routine fifteen footer from the elbow and sunk the game winner. He then yelled "TWO POINTS IS TWO POINTS. ALPHA DOG," right in the pros face. The pro just took it, knowing he had been beat, and walked off the court. Even though his net-worth and fame were 1,000 times Greg, he was not the Alpha Dog, Greg was.  

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And while there's many stars in the NBA, many of them are not in fact Alpha dogs. The kind of players that make their teammates scared and the other team nervous. Lebron James is still THE Alpha dog of the NBA.  Tonight against the Nets he turned it over and trailed Sean Kilpatrick on the break. Kilpatrick traveled (uncalled) pump faked four times then Lebron swatted the ball out of bounds. Later the same half it appeared that Lebron turned it over. He protested and without going to the monitor, the refs overturned the call. He just made it happen with his Alpha dogness. A few minutes later three Nets players ducked out of the way as he dunked it on the break from a step inside the foul line. (He's also become such a strong personality that he has convinced the refs that you can both jump stop, pivot, pick up your pivot foot, and then step through for an up-and-under, but that's another story...)

Sure, sometimes it can get annoying when Lebron acts like he's the GM, coach, and every other position in the Cavs organization. And yes, he's a bit of a diva sometimes. But cut him some slack because he's still sonning the entire league every night. I'd still like to see him match up with Greg though...