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Why I Feel for LeBron James

CLEVELAND - JULY 8:  A parking attendant stands near a larger than life photograph of LeBron James July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. The two-time Most Valuable Player has the choice of remaining with the Cleveland Cavaliers or signing with a new team. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
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Rico OliverContributor IJuly 9, 2010

Look Cleveland, I really feel for you, I do. But this isn't the way to treat the man you guys bowed down to. I truly thought in my mind that LeBron was going to stay in Cleveland, but he was a FREE Agent. He has the right to choose where he wants to work. This is a business, but for the fans it's entertainment.

I understand that for a place like northeast Ohio and the Midwest, which are having some troubles, this hurts. But please, this man gave you guys seven years of his life. It's not about you, it's about LeBron, and he wanted to do what's right for him.

I sort of understand burning the jersey because it's out of anger and there happened to be a camera nearby. But then again the man made the toughest decision he ever had to make in his life. I feel bad because of the situation over there, and the whole nation does feel for you. But please don't hate the man. He gave you a show and brought you that franchise's first NBA Finals appearance. This is how you thank him?

I know the way he broke the news to the world was emotionless, but if he had put emotion into this, we are here today wondering if it was real or not. LeBron clearly had trouble leaving home. Also many people are debating if the one-hour special was self-promotion. Had he chosen to stay in Cleveland, would we be here talking about this? The money was given to a Boys and Girls Club. Come on, the media built this up, and this is what they wanted.

Again, I'm sorry Cleveland, because I think I know how this feels, but we now see what kind of person LeBron is. He is going to take less money and is going to a team where he isn't THE MAN. So this guy isn't the type that does this for self-promotion, but he put winning before money. How is he going to feel to have to walk back into Quicken Loans Arena hearing boos? We are going to see how he deals with it.

Sorry Cleveland, but if this is how you are going to treat Mr. James, well, you just don't deserve him.

 

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