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Cleveland, listen to one of your own: Lebron is no traitor

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I am a native Clevelander. Yes like Joe Poz said, Lebron really put the hurt on the most tortured sports town ever. People are burning their Lebron jersey’s and I am feeling not surprised…but, I live in Germany actually so I can understand how Lebron feels (no, not really). Joe Poz, no longer lives in Cleveland either, so we cannot really judge Lebron for wanting to be with the best. The truth about Jordan is that he had Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson. If Lebron had doubts about being like Jordan, the way the Cavaliers are constructed basically ensures he wont win a championship anytime soon. Chris Grant, really? Byron Scott is think is a fine decision, but ultimately they need to start over from scratch one way or another.

Lebron is a grown man and I am a grown man, and really I dont have a problem with what he did. I am a Clevelander and I was prepared as Joe P. alludes to. Sure I wanted him to stay, and had they won a championship I would definitely be there to celebrate. We all know too well about how to expect the best but prepare for the worst. As well, the dude gave us 7 years of spectacular play and a whole lot more hope than anyone else ever gave us. Why should he sacrifice his own legacy for anyone but those closest to him?

The Cavaliers acquired such paltry and old and tired players, that it was ridiculous. That they could possibly get to the Finals in ’07 really was a miracle. Scrubs every single one of them with the exception of Antawn Jamison acquired only last year, and he is like 50. Lebron never got his Scottie Pippen, never had a Phil Jackson…heck he never even had a Steve Kerr, or B.J. Armstrong or Dennis Rodman either. The Cavaliers and Danny Ferry failed miserably in creating a team around Lebron. They have no one to blame but themselves. No, we were let down by mere managerial incompetence, which sometimes happens. Lebron did not have to make his move like he did, but he did and that was not cowardly, but rather the smart thing to do.

Must be hard as a 25 year old to carry an entire pained and dying region on your back at the expense of your legacy. Think about it.

No Lebron is not the enemy, though he did not show any tact in the manner that he went about his business. I mean really, on national television to humiliate all those people who really are behind him like that. I say however, Lebron go ahead and get your championships. No you are not in the class of Jordan, but who is? You are probably on par with Kobe, but ultimately you will be remembered like Arod. You will be a rich man, you will become a legend, and the pressure was in fact too great for you to carry on your own. Share the load with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade and allow the legendary Pat Riley to put the other pieces together for you.

Do ya thing boy…Actually though, Good Riddance


Written by lionoah

July 9, 2010 at 09:55

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  1. I truly hope you’re not from Cleveland because your lack of understanding is unbelievable. He doesn’t need our support, he made the wrong decision and the impact will be far-reaching here. It won’t be forgotten and he will never be forgiven.


    July 9, 2010 at 10:12

    • What did Frank Sinatra say? I’m for whatever gets you through the night. That goes for you and all that hate that you want to hold on to, to no end I might add. It also goes for Lebron in that he’s the one who has to sleep with his decisions at night.

      A part of me hurts too, but given the same kind of opportunity as he has, you would choose the exact same thing…and yes I grew up in Cleveland and saw Red Right 88, Elway, Byner, Jordan, Modell, Mesa, etcetera. There is just only so much heartbreak you can endure before you learn…


      July 9, 2010 at 10:24

  2. Thanks for this perspective.

    Seeing an entire society of people that believe in striving to be the best judge a young man for doing just that is disturbing and hypocritical, but the hurt is tangible.

    Still, you’re right here – the Cavs could have gotten Amar’e from the Suns last year… anything would have been better than what they surrounded him with. Ferry did a shitty job for all those years and then ditched the team when they needed continuity and stability to keep LBJ.

    Thanks for the honesty here.


    July 9, 2010 at 13:03

    • I think as much as we all were prepared for this to happen, it doesn’t hurt much at all. The guy is chasing his dream of being amongst the greatest basketball players of all time. I blame Ferry, but in the end he probably did the best he could in the end. It was not nearly enough…


      July 9, 2010 at 13:09

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