The Chosen One

Nerd Alert! By the way, I’m just going to come out and say I am a HUGE Star Wars fans. I love the movies, the literature, everything about Star Wars. It is no secret I’m a big Cavaliers fan too. So yesterday, I was at work and found out about LeBron James returning, I was excited, like most Cleveland fans. And while I was outside on my break, I was talking with other CST members about LeBron. I said that he has retaken his throne and can be called the rightful King again. Then myself, being the big fan that I am, devised a LeBron-Anakin Skywalker comparison. One of the writers backed me up and helped expand on my idea. So here it is:

LeBron James has been dubbed the Chosen One since his junior year in high school. Since he never had a father in his life, he was raised by his single mother Gloria. He was the best high school player in the country. Good enough in fact to get drafted number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, even though he didn’t go to college. He had a good run with the Cavs, for seven seasons LeBron was the King. The hero. One of the best, if not the best, players in the league. Shown by his multiple endorsements, LeBron was recognized as one of the most liked players. But after seven years he still did not have a championship. He wanted to be the greatest of all time. He wanted more championships than Jordan. Then came 2010. The decision. LeBron trusted Pat Riley who promised him championships. So, LeBron took his talents to South Beach to um Join the Miami Heat. With that James was the Villain. He instantly become the most hated athlete in America. He played trying to prove something instead of playing for the love of the game. Year after year in Miami his reputation started coming back. He won two championships in four years. Then he opted out of his contract and became a free agent. He talked to David Griffin, the Cavaliers GM, who tried to pursue him away from the Heat. After lots of mental stress, LeBron James decided via a letter to Sports Illustrated. His decision.. To come home. With that, he decided to keep his promise. His promise to bring a championship to Cleveland, Ohio. When that happens he will be completely redeemed. When that happens he proves that he is the Chosen One. That’s what this is all about. Redemption.

Anakin Skywalker grew up on Tatooine. He was conceived by what was considered a immaculate conception. Since he never had a father, he was raised by his mother Shmi. He said that he was the only human that could podrace. And by winning the podrace that Qui Gon Jinn bet on, Anakin was than freed to become a Jedi. Within ten years he became a good Jedi. The Clone Wars started and Anakin showed that his skills far exceeded his peers. Then as he started being fearful for the safety of his wife Padmé, he trusted the Chancellor. Chancellor Palpatine promised Anakin the Power to save his wife. Anakin always wanted to be the very most powerful Jedi in history. So Anakin then turned into Darth Vader. He was the most sinister and most feared person throughout the whole Galaxy. It remained this way for about 40 years. Then his son came to try and turn his father back to the good side. It was only after seeing Palpatine hurting his son, that he decided to kill Palpatine. With that, Vader redeemed himself. Everything was right. He proved he was the Chosen One. He brought balance back to the force.

LeBron was the hero, turned villain, turned savior. If he brings a championship to Cleveland, he will live up to the Chosen One name.

Anakin was the prophet-ed Chosen One. Even through his demise into Darth Vader, he was always the Chosen One. He finally proved it when he killed the Sith Lord.

Some points I want to make. Palpatine can be looked at as Pat Riley. And Luke can be looked at as one of two things. One David Griffin. Or I think even more symbolically, the entire City of Cleveland. It is what eventually brought him back.

Both of these figures went through trials, down points. But both came back to the right side. Both brought balance to something. Anakin the force. LeBron the Universe.

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