Archive for July, 2010

The King Chooses Miami, But Some VERY Sour Grapes in NE Ohio

Yeah I know I haven’t posted in a while. Rest assured I’ve been keeping up with sports, what else would I be spending my summer doing? Actually I’m trying to find a place that will hire me, so far no luck. Oh well.

I digress, this is a SPORTS blog, and I am posting today because of what happened in regards to “The Decision.”

So last night LeBron James, the most sought after free agent in the history of the NBA, made his decision on national television to sign with the Miami Heat. I’m excited by this move, I can’t wait to see James play alongside Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. I can already see some epic Eastern Conference playoff battles next May and barring injuries on either end…a Lakers-Heat NBA Finals in June 2011.

Obviously ‘Bron could only pick one team and a bunch of other cities were going to be disappointed. This had a special twist though because he is leaving his hometown Cavaliers, whom he spent 7 seasons with. The last two seasons saw the Cavs own the best record in the Eastern Conference, but fail to win a title.

The Cleveland fans are disappointed and heartbroken. I guess I can understand, but get over it! LeBron doesn’t owe that city a thing. He wants to win titles, he gives himself the best chance to do that in Miami.

All of this was to be expected, but what irritated me was the extremely childish reaction of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Within a few minutes of LeBron making his decision he posted this open letter to fans on the Cavs official site.

I’ll quote a few sections in case you don’t feel like clicking the link, although I highly encourage you to read read the whole thing (only 421 words)

“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.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal. 

I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE” 

Hey now. Are you kidding me. Sounds like a bitter man who can’t accept the cold hard fact that LeBron wants to WIN.

‘Deserted”?, “Cowardly Betrayal”? 

Please, he played 7 years for your team, his contract is over and these are the rules the NBA has set up. Don’t like the fact that you were unable to build a strong enough team around him to win a title? Too bad. Choosing a team that gives him the best chance to win is NOT betrayal. I LOVE the fact that you guys waved the most money at him that anyone could offer and he STILL chose Miami. The guy wants to win, plain and simple. Money can buy lots of things these days, maybe Dan is just upset his high bid was a moot point.

Oh and that last line? Mr. Gilbert, with all due respect, let me respond to that bold guarantee with one of my favorite quotes. I don’t know who said it first. I don’t know if it was in a movie, a song, or a TV show. But here it is:

“Don’t let your mouth write a check that your ass can’t cash”

In other words, make sure you have a roster that can get out of the first round of the playoffs, better yet MAKE the playoffs next spring before you make the prophetic claim that your franchise will win a title before James wins one. That statement might stir up the emotions of the Cleveland faithful, who haven’t tasted a championship in any sport since 1964, but you better get to work shaping up that roster or it will be a LONG season.

I feel like this is an infomercial…But Wait! There’s More!!

Here is what Gilbert said to the AP late Thursday night in regards to James’ playoff performance:

“He quit, not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”

You want to talk about being a coward?? If Gilbert had any…(you can figure out what I mean), he would have made that cute little statement BEFORE LeBron left. It’s easy to say that trash AFTER he waved bye-bye to you and your team. If you were a real man you would have called him out right when it happened. What if he had signed with Cleveland? Would you have just kept that little blurb to yourself? I’m thinking yes.

So there you go. In conclusion, I’m fine if some feel upset and empty because LeBron left…but to write the absolute garbage that Dan Gilbert, a grown man, wrote last night? Wow. Speaks volumes in my opinion.

Hope LBJ drops 50 when the Heat visit Quicken Loans Arena this season.


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