I couldn’t understand it. In regard to LeBron’s return to Cleveland, I fully expected for the media to take advantage of the occasion- and they did. As usual the media did what they were supposed to do, and promoted the fight (LeBron vs. Cleveland) better than Don King ever could. Also expected was the antics of the loyal fans of the great city of Cleveland. However, what was not expected was this swole-in-the-chest, we ready for war attitude that seem to come over the Cavaliers team overnight– needless to say the outcome wasn’t pretty.
Anybody who has ever been in a fight knows that if your not quite as talented throwing the hands as your opponent that you can not fall into the pre-fight hoopla– especially if you have WITNESSED your opponent lay many people out cold.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had an opportunity to gain the respect of the rest of the league on a basketball and character level; They did neither. Cleveland bit the bait and made Thursday nights contest with the heat “more than a game”, and I couldn’t help but the think: Why? As a Cleveland native and diehard Cavaliers fan, I knew that we were ridiculously outmatched.
The romantic side of me saw JJ Hickson dunking on Chris Bosh and Mo Williams hitting three’s in the corner as we marched on to a convincing victory, but the real side of me said the Cavs are 7-10 going into the game with nobody on the team averaging more than 15 ppg.
As for the great fans of Cleveland, I love you, but you made the Cavs look even worse. Every basket that LeBron scored made your booing, signs, and t-shirts appear more and more hater-ish. I knew it was highly unlikely coming into the game, but I wanted the Cavs fans to remain civil seeing what the potential outcome of the game could be.
Now in no way am I suggesting that the Cavaliers and/or fans act like a punks, however there is a time and place to play Billy Badass, and this was not one of them. During the buildup to the game, I didn’t hear any insinuating remarks from LeBron or Miami, their public attitude was humble.
Not only did the Cavs lose, they got embarrassed. LeBron put together his most complete game of the season, and Miami, for the first time, looked like a potential championship contender as they waltzed to a 28 point victory.
I am sorry to say it but I am unsympathetic. Cleveland talked Filet Mignon when they knew they only had dollar-menu money. The game/situation made one thing glaringly clear and that is LeBron James has moved on, I suggest Cleveland do the same.