At the 2004 Olympic games the entire USA congregation meet in front of the USA housing in the Olympic Village in order to shuttle over to the Opening Ceremonies. This had to be one of the "coolest" scenes I have been a part of as many of my favorite athletes were all there just hanging out with one another wearing the same USA get up. We had the chance to talk with Andy Roddick, Kobe, Iverson, James, Odom, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Michael Phelps, etc. Many of whom were very approachable and would engage in conversation...and why wouldn't they? It was the Olympic Games and it felt like everyone was on the same level that night.
|Two of the worst|
Anyhow, my good friend and setter of the USA team, Donald Suxho had approached James and Iverson asking if he could take a picture. James' response to him was "hey man, females only". Not until after Iverson gave him a little shit did Lebron take a picture with him. I will have to email Donald and ask for the picture. Needles to say Donald was a little upset over the matter as it was pretty embarrassing.
A little while later when we were all hanging out at the arena waiting for Team USA to be called out to walk, we got a game of Finente going between myself, Riley Salmon, Eric Sullivan, and Lloy Ball. A lot of the women's basketball team had been hanging with us that night and a few of us actually walked out with them because they had the flag bearer and got to go in front. But back to the story...Sitting at a small table playing cards when the Men's Bball team walked past and Lebron just happened to lean over the table and ask "what game y'all playin?" when for some reason I spouted out "Hey man, females only over here". His response was pretty classic though. He looked at me and said "ah Fuck you then!" hahahahaha. What a douche!
|Should had just burned these....|
|Taking it down|
That isn't the end either. A week later Riley Salmon who was still a Lebron fan and actually had and was wearing his Cleveland number 23 jersey when he spotted Lebron and Iverson sitting up on the balcony...And I'm not sure why they were there this day because they stayed on the Queen Mary. But Riley got pretty excited when he heard "nice jersey" from Iverson. Riles yelled up to them "hey, if I ran and got a marker could you sign this for me if I threw it up to you?" Lebron's response was "No habla Inglais". And he wouldn't do it. Riley took the jersey off his back, came up stairs and got some tape. He went back down to the front door of our apartments and taped the number 23 jersey to the floor mat of the entrance to the building so everyone could wipe their feet with it.
|"No habla Ingais!"|
Now I understand these guys are on a different level and i'm sure they get bothered at times where it is inappropriate and whatnot but have a little discretion. I have to say that Lamar Odom was my favorite person of the 2004 games. When he came out of the building I couldn't help shouting out "LAKESHOW!"...he had just signed on with our team that summer. He looked over our way with a big smile and just kind of appreciated the comment. Later on I asked him for a photo and he threw his arm around my shoulder and just seemed as happy as the rest of us to be there. I will have to dig up that photo from my old computer as well. If Lebron had only done the same or something similar.
|Lamar Odom a true class act!|
On a side note: Lakers lost their 3rd straight last night. We need Andrew Bynum back to give Pau and Lamar some more juice in their legs in the 4th quarter. LAKE SHOW!