In the first game of the 2014 NBA Finals, the air conditioner of the San Antonio Spurs court went out. It was very difficult to play in those conditions but the players keep playing until the end, except LeBron James. James couldn’t play the last crucial minutes because of a cramp. It was something shocking and shameful. The best player of the NBA and he couldn’t play without air conditioner. It is natural that if the person suffers deshidratation he or she could suffer for cramps. The problem is that if you are an athlete you need to be preparing for all the conditions including excess heat. The question is: does an athlete need to be like a superhero?
Athletes are like rock stars: they are models to follow. Kids in school keep talking about their favorite basketball players. When they played in recess they feel like their favorite basketball players because they are their heroes. When your fans are adults, then you have much more to prove. Especially adults that watched Old School NBA in the times of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. They know that these basketball players were tough. They played in every situation and they survive. For example: Michael Jordan played with flu and Larry Bird played with temperatures almost 100 F. Athletes are not superheroes. They have weaknesses and they suffer for injuries too. They don’t have special powers only talent and passion. It is true that some athletes do things that no common person can do. Sadly no one have powers like Superman or Batman they are human beings just like us. The question is: why we are so hard with them? Because they get paid a lot of millions of dollars. After all much of us have to work very hard to receive minimum wage. These athletes have millions of dollars. They can train with the best trainers, have the perfect bodies, and have the bigger houses and party like animals. Even they can travel the entire world without any money concern. That is the reason why we are so hard with athletes. After all we pay thousands of dollars watching their games and buying their merchandise. They owe us big time. We look at them like superheroes because they have all the money and resources to improve themselves. Another reason is that if the athlete is the champion then he needs to prove himself harder than the rest. Play like a champion. Scream like a warrior and win the battle or die trying.
In conclusion, athletes need to prove themselves harder than regular people. They have all the resources to do it. LeBron has the title King James, but he has to defend that title and right now he is doing a bad job defending his kingdom.