At first sight, it seems that Rory McIlroy, a Northern Ireland-based golfer, and LeBron James, a basketball player from Akron, Ohio, have nothing in common. But, in our age of celebrity sports endorsements, nothing is impossible. The two of them came to know each other as they have a contract with the same watch company and became texting buddies.
McIlroy defended the basketball star at a press conference a week before the U.S. Open. As you probably know, LeBron James’ fourth-quarter offense in Game 6 of the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks was far from perfect and probably cost the Miami Heat the NBA title. But the golfer said that LeBron was unfairly criticized and everyone could have bad days.
The athletes have much more in common than one would expect. They are young and obviously talented, with plenty of expectations put on them. Plus, Rory also had a disappointing finale in a big tournament and let the title slip away. Everybody thought that he was going to win the Masters until he shot 80 in the final round of the Masters and lost a 4-hole advantage against his opponent.
But McIlroy is in a far better position than LeBron since he can erase his loss at the U.S. Open this week and does not have to wait another year until the NBA Finals. Plus, McIlroy recovered from his loss after a UNICEF trip to Haiti where he saw the ruins left by the earthquake and understood that a loss in a golf event, no matter how big it is, does not matter very much.