Cleveland No More: Lebron James Bails
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the last four hours, Cleveland’s favorite son Lebron James is no longer a Cavalier. The “Decision” has come and gone and Lebron has decided to take the worst route possible to announce his breakup with the Cavs, through National International television. For a long time, I thought his decision was obvious, almost laughable that it would need to be announced through an one hour television special (don’t worry, all of the proceeds will be donated to the charity, this should make up for one hell of an asshole move by a superstar).
Having no affiliation with Cleveland and by no means a Lebron James fan, even I felt betrayed by Queen James. Instantly turned from a hometown hero to almost as much hated as Hitler in Cleveland, he’s got the whole world buzzing about whether he made the right decision. You can make the argument that Cleveland never got the right pieces together for Lebron to make another run at a championship, but how can you quit on your hometown team when they’ve stuck by you through thick and thin. Like most people have said, people in Cleveland have never turned on Lebron like fans in other cities (see Kobe Bryant, ok that’s L.A., but what about Donovan McNabb). Why go through all this trouble to make a circus about where you’re going to go when you are leaving a city that’s been so loyal to you?
Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, in the last hour issued a letter to the fans of Cleveland stating some pretty harsh opinions on James [Read it Here]. In fact, if you go to the Cavs’ main site right now, the letter is clearly on the home page. Seemingly like a rant, some parts of the letter probably came out of frustration. In any case, you can just feel the anger that’s coming from every Cavs fan out there. Burn those Jerseys!
If I interpreted correctly, there is actually now a Dan Gilbert curse:
I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE
At the end of the day, while Lebron probably made the right decision for himself, his ego drove him to becoming one of the most hated players in the league. If they don’t win a championship Miami next season, it will be deemed an utter failure. Who is Lebron James going to blame this time? Hell let’s bring Shaq back to South Beach as well, maybe the party can continue when all the egos collide once again.