Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: LeBron James is taking notes, keeping score, and wants revenge on those who spoke out against ‘The Decision’ to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.
Please. ‘The Backlash’ to ‘The Decision’ was avoidable.
Suppose James dispensed with the dog and pony show known as free agent wooing, privately broke up with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, and signed with the Miami Heat on July 1st.
Suppose he held a presser in South Beach, where he respectfully explained his choice to join the Heat and not re-sign with the Cavaliers. Suppose he thanked Cleveland, Akron, and Ohio.
Of course, there’d be some backlash. There’d be some talk of his diminished legacy. There’d be some talk of his shortcomings as a player. And there’d be some talk of him turning his back on the state that raised him.
Life would eventually go on, though. And the backlash wouldn’t become ‘The Backlash’.
By going on ESPN, by hiring Jim Gray, by playing with the hearts and minds of Cavalier fans, James instigated and asked for the criticism.
‘The Decision’ created ‘The Backlash’. The sooner James realizes this, the better off we’ll all be.
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