I’m really glad the NBA playoffs are over. Maybe, I’m one of the few that sees nothing exciting about cheering for teams, other than The Cavs, just because LeBron is involved. LeBron is from Akron, he left Cleveland. Let him be gone. I’m more concerned with the team that is still here and the future players that are coming,especially the pending 1st round draft picks. What does a jilted lover usually do after being dumped?=They find another lover. It’s time for Cleveland fans to move on, and I mean- REALLY move on. LeBron leaving is merely a continuation of fan frustration that existed before LeBron was ever thought of. Cleveland fans have been let down with players being traded or leaving on their own for decades. The names, Rocky Colavito, Jim Brown, Ron Harper, Jim Thome, Albert Bell, Manny Ramirez are all equated with some kind of let down or disappointment in Cleveland sports history. Jim Thome seems to be the most interesting case. Thome made a decision to go for the money when he left Cleveland. The Indians put forth an offer that was fair and he chose to go elsewhere. His “decision” as a fan favorite,to leave, was viewed by most fans as a move that was good for his family. This, of course, was a bunch of bullshit. Thome was getting older and didn’t want to be part of a rebuilding process AND he went for more cash. He didn’t leave by way of a shitty smack to the face of the city, but he STILL LEFT
Whoever ultimately advised LeBron to stage that disaster of a production known as “The Decision”should never be part of any marketing endeavors anywhere….ever again. The concern for ratings overrode any issues concerning brand image. Personally, I don’t think LeBron James has ever recovered from the images of his jersey being burned in the streets and alley’s of Downtown Cleveland. He can say it didn’t bother him, but the camera didn’t lie, when it projected the look in his face as he went from hero to zero…faster than O.J. Simpson. The people who praised him one minute, wanted to literally kill him the next. The young man had a right to leave, and twenty years from now, he will realize he could have done it differently. How many of us, in our forties, would like to redo some of the knuckle headed things that we did half a lifetime ago? Championship(S) or not, one day LeBron will look back in the mirror of his life with the maturity of a middle-aged man. Here in Akron, we think he will be proud of the reflection.
UPDATE: The rumored return of LeBron James has more than just a little bit of smoke-rising from a future fire. I wanted to repost this from a couple years back. Can “The Chosen One” come back home and finish his career where he started? Check out some of the links below and STAY TUNED!!!!
- Fans divided over LeBron Cavs rumors (newsnet5.com)
- Report: Cavs Are Saving Cap Space For Potential Run at LeBron James in 2014 (slamonline.com)
- Report: Cavs may target LeBron in 2014 (newsnet5.com)
- PBT: Karl sees LeBron returning to Cavs one day (probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Why LeBron James Will Opt-out of Miami Heat Contract in 2014 (bleacherreport.com)