i made the following point yesterday on the freedarko blog, and i'm curious to hear if any fellow forumites agree/disagree with what i'm trying to say. "lebron and the cavs make me think of Dumbo, the flying elephant. remember how he only believed he could fly if he was holding the little feather in his trunk? lebron, to me, is a similar type of illusion, even in his own mind. like the illusion of himself as a basketball mesiah has made him a better player, making the whole thing something of a self-realized prophesy. and yet, that does nothing to delegitimize anything #23 has accomplished thus far. i suspect there is a sizable camp of people who despise lebron for this very reason." this spawned from a discussion about cleveland's recent decision to play inspired defense. while i was arguing that Mike Brown's coaching deserves some witnessing of its own - especially in regards to the defense - it was countered that lebron's playoff might is inspiring "the other cavs" to play better defense. which makes me conclude that the "Idea of LeBron" is more powerful than "LeBron the Actual Breathing Human Being." Thoughts?