Everyone has take on LeBron’s latest
From outrage and dismay in Cleveland to euphoria and disbelief in Miami, LeBron James’ decision to leave behind the Cavaliers for the Heat sparked wide-ranging reaction among NBA fans and media who cover the league. Here are a handful of excerpts about “T
Maybe this happens when you get too much, too soon. Maybe it happens when you forget where you came from, or what you mean to the people of Northeast Ohio.
But LeBron James should feel a sense of shame and pain for putting together a self-serving ESPN special to inform the world that he no longer intends to play for the Cavaliers. To sharpen the insult, he titled his switch to the Miami Heat as “The Decision.”
Yes, that’s just like The Fumble, The Drive, The Move, The Shot and other awful moments in the history of Cleveland sports — and he picked the name?
Doesn’t anyone in the James camp have a clue what people back home will think? Doesn’t anyone care? Of if they mentioned it to James, doesn’t he get it?
Cleveland Plain dealer Now, Clevelanders truly see it for themselves: He was a fan of the Cowboys, the Yankees — never the Browns and Indians. He was a frontrunner, and he just made the most frontrunner move in the history of the NBA. Off to Miami with Riles, D-Wade and Chris Bosh.
New York would’ve been hard, and maybe Cleveland would’ve been the hardest. With those state tax laws in Florida, he isn’t taking less money with the Heat. He’s just taking less risk and less burden in his championship chase.
“This whole idea that he makes his own decisions, that … went out the window with this,” one NBA executive said. “Someday, he’s going to look back at this and not believe that he let those kids at LRMR (a marketing firm) talk him into doing this. This idea that he’s his own man … come on, he’s a follower. And he’s following all the way to Miami now.”
Yahoo SPortS We had been told for more than a week to expect it.
It was still stunning. He did it with bombastic excess, live on ESPN, in a narcissistic, ego-feeding, ridiculous hourlong television special augustly entitled “The Decision.’’ It was the perfect gruesome marriage of the most self-serving, self-promoting network in history and a mega-superstar in the mood to rapaciously celebrate the man in the mirror.
Many people elsewhere in the country surely thought Thursday night’s show was crass, unduly mean to the poor, jilted people of Cleveland, somehow just not right.
I must tell you, though: Down here, Heat fans sort of liked it!
Here in South Florida, we weren’t hearing the rest of the country’s muttering complaint because we’re too busy blowing car horns, high-fiving strangers, doing shots to our unfathomably great luck, saying, “Can you (bleep)ing believe it!?” and making sounds like this: “WOOOOOOOOOOO!”
As for Cavaliers fans feeling angry and betrayed? Get over it, mis amigos. Players leave. Ever heard the phrase “greener pastures’’? Besides, when Column A is Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and living on South Beach and Column B is far less of a supporting cast and living in Cleveland, well, let’s just say Mensa membership is not required to reach the conclusion James did.
MiaMi herald People want loyalty, as if that’s going to cover things. Just imagine if LeBron spent an entire, title-free career in Cleveland. In 25 years, when the greats are gathered for a tribute to the all-time legends, the chatter could go like this:
“Hey, it’s Tim Duncan, four-time champion.”
“Look, it’s Kobe, wearing all five of his rings.” “There’s LeBron. … He was … loyal.” Awkward silence. “Have you seen KG?” Don’t ask James to be loyal if you won’t grant him an exception to the ring rule. (As in Jordan, Magic and Bird on one side of the tee at the charity golf tournament, Ewing, Barkley and Malone on the other).
But it’s not too much to ask him to be respectful on the way out. In this case promotion took precedence over protocol. He strung everyone along, tried to build the drama at the expense of the common courtesy of notifying teams of his plans so they could get about constructing their teams.
Everyone associated with this looks bad.