LeBron James drove a stake through the hearts of the Cleveland Cavalier fans by letting the world know he's going down to South Beach to play with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
James stated, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach."
Hailed as the "The Decision" the self-anointed King James suggested, "When I woke up I knew it was the right decision."
Well, he's got his attention and the team of his dreams of at the expense of the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland. Now we'll see just what "Queen" James is made of.
Let's be real here. As a citizen I could give a rip about what James does. It's not like any of us are benefiting monetarily or otherwise from where he plays. But as a journalist and sports fan I have a huge issue with how James duped the city of Cleveland.
James treated this situation like he was a rock star. He acted as if he has the allure of Michael Jordan in his prime and Kobe Bryant's current rings. Just what has he accomplished to have such red-carpet treatment from ESPN?
Frankly speaking "Queen" James isn't worthy of the attention he's gotten over the years.
Furthermore, the Miami Heat didn't need him. They are very capable of winning a championship with Wade and Bosh -a solid point guard. Let me take you back to 2006. Dwayne Wade won an NBA title without LBJ. He got his ring with an aging Shaquille O'Neal.
O'Neal was Wades' Robin. He understood he was no longer the man and catered to Wade. With Wade, Bosh and now James, who is going to be the man? Who will take the last second shot? A better question is when will the soap opera begin once the James starts to grumble about not being "the" man?
Furthermore, if James was truly the man, why did he have to leave his house to occupy another mans house? If he was really King James why didn't Bosh and Wade flock to Cleveland? If you are the man they come to you, you don't go them.
So who is the real man?
Back to the people of Cleveland: I feel for them. They embraced James like no other athlete in recent memory. Last night he drove a dagger right through the city that's had a storied history of failure. They lived through "The Drive," "The Fumble" and Art Modell moving the Cleveland Browns out of town. Now they must live with "The Decision."
James provided Cleveland a flicker of hope by giving the people a chance to feel they could be a part of a winner in Cleveland.
Sorry Cleveland fans, but you were duped.
But don't worry-as owner Dan Gilbert suggested, it's about "karma." Facts are James left because he couldn't hack it. He bolted because he realized that he couldn't get it done. Gilbert stated emphatically, "The self-declared former 'King' will be taking the 'curse' with him down south. And until he does 'right' by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma."
When the Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics in this years' NBA, James came up short. He didn't play with the fire in the belly. Yeah, he got his triple double in Game 6 but it was quiet. Gilbert suggested James "quit" on the team during the series. I totally agree. If you are "the man" you find a way to simply will your team to victory.
Like my mom says, "If it's not in you, it's not comin' out of you."
Without question, James doesn't have "it."
James states MJ is his hero. To me he's nothing like Jordan. The only resemblance James has with Jordan is the number they wear. He doesn't have the rings, class, taste and tact of Air Jordon. James is merely a kid posturing as a man. He's needs the attention of a diva who starves for attention to compensate for his lack of true accomplishments.
Did Michael Jordan leave the Chicago Bulls high and dry in the prime of his career because he couldn't get past the "The Bad Boys" and the Detroit Pistons? No, he stayed and persisted until he got by them. With 6 NBA titles Jordan built a legacy and now he has a statue outside of the United Center to remind everyone of his greatness.
Did Larry Bird seek to join forces with the Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76'ers in the early 1980's because he couldn't beat them in the Eastern Conference Finals? No. He kept at it until he got through them to win 3 NBA titles.
Did Isaiah Thomas seek to join forces with another team because he couldn't get past Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers? No. He willed the Bad Boys to back-to-back NBA titles.
James wants to be known as "The King" but in actuality he's a wannabe superstar who lacks the overall guile of the likes of Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Isaiah Thomas. If he did, he would have stayed in Cleveland and delivered them a championship. Obviously he doesn't have "it" because he bolted for another man's team as a hired gun.
Even with all the allure and diva-like treatment of James' decision to go to Miami makes the team more competitive in the East but the Los Angeles Lakers are still the team to beat for a ring.
A ring that Wade has but James doesn't.