So, I live in Cleveland. And tonight a certain basketball player had a very public break up with my fair city. And since it’s been the talk of Cleveland for the past 2 months (seriously, yesterday I had lunch with Mark and EVERY. SINGLE. TABLE. in the cafe was talking LBJ), here are my thoughts on the matter.
1 – He was drafted to the then very crappy Cavs 7 years ago. He did not choose to stay here near his hometown of Akron. But he really did make the best of his time here. He has done a lot to bring attention to both Cleveland and Akron. He played 7 great years of basketball (hello, 2 MVPs!). The Cavs did everything they could to help bring Cleveland a championship. LeBron did everything he could to bring a championship home (with possible exception being the final playoff game against the Celtics this year). And we still couldn’t close the deal. He’s allowed to move on without being called disloyal.
2 – When drafted at the age of 18 he said lots of things about bringing Cleveland a ring. That’s all well and good but my god, I hope no one holds me to things I said as an 18 year old! Think about it – if someone put your feet to the fire over something you said at that age you are bound to be burned.
3 – This will not destroy our city. Cleveland is way more at heart and financially then a single man. The last I checked the Cavs are still playing next season, one man does not make a team. I’m still a fan and will go to games, just like thousands of others. Heck, the Browns and Indians have sucked for years and people still pay to see them play.
4 – The man is an entertainer, he’s kept us entertained for the last 2 weeks as he made “The Decision”. He’s done his job well & now everyone is shitting on him for giving us something to talk about. We’ve fed his ego for 7 years & now people burn his jersey over him being the diva we asked him to be? That’s not fair.
5 – Yeah, doing this on national TV was a bad move. But see my diva comment above. And, like it or not, I think most Clevelanders wear the “beat down sports town” badge with some level of pride.
6 – We now have 3 huge egos on one team… if you are a NBA fan, it will be entertaining to say the least. (I still think the Lakers will beat them and win next year’s championship, too.)
7 – It’s a GAME people, not a “tragedy”. The oil spill is a tragedy. What’s happening to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is a tragedy. Get some perspective.
8 – All of a sudden, a crybaby who publically begged and pleaded for more money or he was going to leave the Browns (*cough* Josh Cribs *cough*) is being held up as the Cleveland definition of loyalty? Come on, we are better then this.
9 – I’m left wondering where the hate is for Patricia Heaton, Halle Berry, Ben Curtis & Toni Morrison and many more. All stars in their fields. All call Cleveland their hometown. All moved on to where they could make the most of their careers. LBJ is entitled to do the same and still be welcomed home.
I have no ill will toward the man. I wish him well in Miami and hope he continues to do charitable work in NE Ohio. I hope people still treat him well when he’s home.
Okay, I can go to bed now.