First and foremost, I am not a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, but I am a huge LeBron James fan. For reasons unknown, the King didn't have his greatest performances ever in Games 5 and 6, but that is history now. James will not win his first ring this season, he won't even get the chance to make a title appearance.
That being said, why in the world would this young man stay in his beloved city? That city cut him to pieces, chewed him up then spewed him out as if he hasn't done anything for the past seven years. Did they forget what that team was like before him? Did they forget that they wouldn't even be talking about a championship without him?
It's easy to throw guys under the bus. For years we said Kobe could never win a championship without Shaq, then last year happened and that saying is like a distant whisper never to be muttered again. Kevin Garnett could never get past those teams in the West, then he went to Boston and got that ring that he had been coveting for so long.
So what is the difference between them and James? Kobe asked for help and the organization went out and got Pau Gasol. Garnett wanted help and he was traded to the Celtics and paired with two all-stars and potential Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, but we tear James apart for wanting help. I'm talking about real help, not an over the hill Shaq and a past his prime Antawn Jameson. Even though I love Shaq and Jameson, they were no where to be found during the Celtics series.
James led this team from day one like he was supposed to, but even Batman needs a Robin. Will it be Dwayne Wade? Amare Stoudemire? Chris Bosh? Only time will tell, but LeBron needs one thing for certain; a change of scenery.
The lasting image playing over and over in the King's mind has to be the display of boos and harsh comments after the Game 5 loss in which LeBron had one of the worst performances of his professional career. He looked helpless, and showed a lack of effort in the embarrassing defeat against the Celtics, but does that mean that the city of Cleveland needed to unleash the boo birds. Even the local radio stations wrote this guy off as if he did that on purpose because he wanted to split town.
We're talking about a guy who was anointed as the chosen one before he stepped onto an NBA floor. A guy that means so much to the game, the NBA is begging for him to make another title appearance and to finally win that ring. The media has placed such a burden on this man, because LeBron is still very young.
We all know that Jordan won in his seventh season, but the cast that helped him certainly trumps the cast that LeBron has had to work with. Yet, we write the guy off as a quitter or someone that cares more about his off the court ambitions. LeBron's only focus is winning, it has been since day one. Does he have a chance to win in Cleveland? Of course, but should he strive for that after the debacle the city pulled nights ago? Absolutely not.
LeBron should wipe his hands clean of the city of Cleveland and move on to greener pastures. To a city that will want and need his services and that can deliver him a championship, not throw him under the bus for every time he fails.
Cleveland was nothing without LeBron and if and when he leaves, they will again be nothing and will have only themselves to blame.