Tonight, the NBA CHAMPIONSHIPLESS self proclaimed "King" of basketball held a live televised press conference to announce where he would sign on to play basketball next.
There is no denying attention to where he was going to sign was in fact high. It was one of the top stories on most sports sites since their free agency started up earlier this month. LBJ was often a trending topic on twitter, one of the largest online tools of recognizing popular in the moment topics. But the reality is, this ego-maniac thought so much of himself (I guess winning 1 Olympic gold makes you think you are THAT important now) that he decided to have a televised live interview to tell the world where he would be playing next.
Instead of taking on a challenge, like a real supserstar would, he went for an easy road. he signed with the Miami Heat. The team that recent major free agents Chris Bosh & Dwayne Wade have sold their services to. He went for the easier road.
Mr. James decision was met with bitter anger by most NBA fans, especially Cavalier fans. The team LBJ played with for 7 seasons. A team that is Lebrons hometown team. Only 50 miles down the road from Cleveland is Akron, Ohio. The city that raised James.
No more outraged fan was found perhaps than the Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert. Gilbert, one of the Cavs majority owners posted a letter to the public on the Cavaliers website stating his very boisterous displeasure in the decisions, not just of playing elsewhere, but the way he went about it, of LeBron James.
Gilbert started his letter...
"Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment."
As the letter went on, the anger, betrayal & bitterness of that entire region & fanbase oozed out in the words of the teams true leader, their owner. Gilbert carried on calling James actions a "cowardly betrayal", "shameful" & "selfishness". He pointed out that James disloyalty to the franchise and its fanbase sends a negative message to kids. In short, Dan Gilbert publicly owned Lebron James like few others have... outside of Jordan Crawford.
I have never been a Cavaliers fan. Over the years I have had a few favorite teams. The only 1 I have always had has been the Los Angeles Lakers.
I have been a fan at times of The Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Seattle Supersonics, Vancouver Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns & now the Dallas Mavericks.
After seeing the way the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers feels about seeing his team & his fans sold out by a selfish prima-donna that has accomplished NOTHING yet in the NBA, I am slowly becoming a fan of theirs.
I became a fan of the Dallas Mavericks after meeting their owner, the very vocal & public Mark Cuban. Although I have never met Gilbert (as far as I know), he has become probably my 2nd favorite owner in all of sports now. Perhaps other owners can learn a lesson about being more human. Showing their emotions occasionally & when they feel screwed over by a selfish ego-maniac, let the public know it. Too many owners are business people first, they want to say the most politically correct thing. That isnt what fans want. They want to hear that you are as passionate about the team as they are. Tonight, Dan Gilbert did just that. His fans will no doubt rally around him & place him on a pedestal.
He may just deserve that level of admiration. Afterall, he showed the fans of the team, he cares. He takes betrayal from one of their own seriously. To him, it is not just a business decision. Its a part of life.
No doubt, fans of the Miami Heat will also put LBJ on a pedestal tonight as well. Of course, they will be admiring & honouring greed, selfishness & a snobby, cocky & so far, unsuccessful hero. Cleveland fans can probably tell you a little something about what type of "hero" you got tonight. Just dont be surprised when what you hear is negative. Because that is the taste the self-proclaimed King has put in their mouths with his Benedict Arnold type antics.
I may disagree with 1 thing Gilbert said in his letter. I think Miami will win a title before Cleveland most likely. Unfortunately, this is just reality. That being said, I will hope to see Cleveland destroy the Heat. If they ever meet in the playoffs, it will most definitely be the biggest draw in years in the NBA, even more than Celtics vs Lakers of recent years. If somehow, the Cavs down the Heat, it will be the biggest thing thats happened for Cleveland since The Drew Carey show hit the air.
This season, I will still cheer for the Lakers. I will still cheer for the Mavericks.... and I likely will find myself cheering for the Cleveland Cavaliers as well. The fans of the Cavs can thank their owner for possibly making me a fan of their team... and thats really how it should be. Because at the end of the day, players move on, even the good ones. But a good owner, doesnt. They stick it out & try to do right by the fans.