Posts Tagged 'Lebron James'

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.

NBA/Stanley Cup Playoffs = AWESOME

Anyone I run into lately has had to put up with my constant endorsing of the Stanley Cup (NHL) Playoffs and the NBA Playoffs.

I cannot get enough of it! There are exciting games being played literally every night, which is the best part. God bless the NFL, it is by far my favorite sport, but the waiting each week for the games drives me crazy. There is nothing like this time of year when there is action on every evening.

Now I will admit, part of my interest in these games is because I usually have a dog in the fight because I bet on the games using Cent Sports (which is a very cool site and is deserving of it’s on blog post on here some other day). But even if I wasn’t pulling for this team or that to cover by x number of points…you can’t ignore the intensity of these games in both sports.

Take last night for example. First up was Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi’s between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a tight game throughout and the B’s Milan Lucic scored the go ahead goal with just over four minutes to play. Boston’s TD Garden was going NUTS! On each power play and penalty kill you could feel the tension of the crowd on the edge of their seats. Great stuff.

At the same time the Celtics-Cavaliers game was being played in Cleveland. This was more of a blowout and consequently my attention was on the hockey game instead. But still there were some amazing plays including Rajon Rondo’s must see fakeout. The Cav’s Lebron James is an amazing show every night he plays, however he is dealing with a right elbow injury so he isn’t at his best.

The late basketball game was the Spurs at the Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi’s. And this was a fantastic western shootout.

A little background: The teams hate each other, and the fans hate each other. This is mostly due to this being the sixth time the teams have faced each other in the post season in the past decade. U.S. Airways Arena was rocking from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

The NBA is always fun for me to watch because of the superstars. Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Nash were a joy to watch in this one. They played with so much energy and effort. Nash scored 17 points in the first quarter and was feeding off of the crowd’s emotion. On the other end, the Spurs looked out of the game and ready to throw in the towel several times in the game. And each time, when they were down by about 14 or 15, they would make a thunderous run and get right back in it. Tony Parker made some amazing drives to the hoop and Tim Duncan, although beginning to show signs of aging, is still a master at hitting that midrange bank shot.

This was all on one evening. And there is still more than a month of this craziness to go. Can’t wait to see what unfolds the rest of the way

Wednesday Morning News & Notes

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Two rather big NFL news items to note this morning:

-ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Browns have traded wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets. In return, Cleveland gets wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, special teamer Jason Trusnik, and two draft picks. The trade comes just two days after Edwards was accused of assaulting a friend of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Lebron James outside a nightclub. Edwards was the third overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft.

-Schefter is also reporting that wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the only first round draft pick of 2009 that hasn’t signed with his team, now apparently has. Crabtree was drafted 10th in this year’s draft by the San Francisco, but missed all of training camp and the 49ers’ first 4 games due to a holdout. He is expected to report to the team’s facility later today.

-On a sad note: Tony Fein, who was a linebacker for the Ravens during the preseason, was found dead in Port Orchard, Washington yesterday. His agent said there were no immediate details available.

-And what a baseball game last night! The Twins and Tigers were tied atop the AL Central after 162 games. And in baseball’s third tiebreaker game in as many years, it was Minnesota who prevailed 6-5 after 12 endless innings. In the top of the 8th, Detroit’s Maglio Ordonez hit a solo shot to tie the game at 4 apiece. Each team scored in the 10th, and then Alexi Casilla drove home Carlos Gomez in the bottom of the 12th. The game lasted 4 hours and 37 minutes. The Twins have little time to celebrate though; they begin Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees tonight at 6:07.


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