Let me be the first to say that I’m a Lebron James fan. I think he’s one of the best players in the history of the game. I think he’s taken more heat than just about any player for any small thing that he does. Guys like Charles Barkley and other “old school” personalities don’t give him nearly the respect he deserves. I admire his ability to take it all in stride. I admire how smart a basketball player he is. But if there’s one thing I do not admire it’s his singing skills or pronunciation of the word “Birthday.”
Kyrie Irving just turned 25 and in honor of the kid’s birthday, Lebron James decided to treat us all to a lovely rendition of “Happy Birthday” to his teammate and friend on the Cavs team plane. Only there’s one glaring thing that I simply cannot get around. Every single time he says “Happy Birthday” it’s pronounced “Berfday.” Not once in the entire song did he pronounce the “TH” in the word “birthday” properly. Call me a stickler. Call me a racist. But one thing you can’t call me is someone who doesn’t know how to pronounce the combination of the letters “t” and “h” correctly.
This isn’t a black thing. This isn’t a white thing. I don’t care who is saying birthday. If you pronounce it “berfday” then it’s wrong, period. Nice pipes though Bron Bron. Now go and get yourself a triple double somewhere.