As is superstar standard for this NBA Lockout, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul donated their time to a good cause on Saturday, joining First Lady Michelle Obama and a bunch of young people from bands and TV shows I’ve never heard of at Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The event turned out to be the largest in its history, undoubtedly due to the muscle flexed by the NBA stars and especially Obama, who was pushing her youth fitness agenda so our kids don’t all end up competing for the World’s Fattest Woman title.
We’re pretty tough on James around these parts, what with our discontent for his robot-like demeanor and arrogant indifference toward the blue collar NBA fans, but I have to say that I’m impressed with the new person he’s trying so hard to become. I don’t know if he hired a new friend to tell him that being nice to people and not being a dick will make us stop “hating” on him, but it’s nice to see that he’s taking a step in the right direction.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to hate just a little bit. As a tubby tub of lard tub, I can definitely appreciate the cause of educating our fatty kids on physical fitness, so it’s cool that James and Wade would take part in this. However, three of the biggest stars in the NBA should be spending a little more time getting paychecks for their peers. These are the guys who need to step up and take on the owners (and agents) in between being doused with green slime. Otherwise, their teammates will be their greatest charity.