LeBron's Legacy Is Not Ruined

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IJuly 9, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 09:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 9, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 97-87. NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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What a spectacle, what a train wreck.

What a shame.

This is the closing statement provided by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports regarding James' decision to publicly air his laundry on ESPN in prime-time Thursday night.

Whatever! That's what I say. LeBron did not fail the Cavs, they failed him. For three summers he asked them to give him more help, and for three years he got nothing. Mo Williams was wishy-washy during long stretches and provided good games few and far between. Anderson Varejao was likely their most consistent player on the floor akin to James over his seven years wearing their uniform.

So how long have the mediots been planning this assult on King James?

Did he let his city down, yeah maybe he did. And in all fairness, they never did anything to prompt him to do so. But this is all the fault of the Cavs ownership. Dan Gilbert calls LeBron's decision a cowardly betrayal, but really he is the idiot behind the decision. He wants LeBron's name for the money it puts in his pocket and nothing else. Now he is saddened that he will no longer have that money so he throws a little hissy fit and writes a letter. 

Sorry Clevelanders, but there is only one way to see this thing. LeBron asks for help and he gets the aging former stars like Shaq and Antawn Jamison, meanwhile when Kobe Bryant threatens to leave, the Lakers can somehow convince Phil Jackson to come back and coach the player he once thought was no more than a grown-up man child.

Are You Kidding Me?

The entire time LeBron James wore the uniform of the Cavaliers he played his heart out. He wanted to win. He gave everything he had to that franchise every single game for seven years.

The NBA is not a one man show, one guy can not put a team on his back and carry it to glory. Kobe Bryant could not do it by himself, Michael Jordan could not do it by himself, and LeBron James can not do it by himself. Since the Cavs wouldn't give him what he really wanted, which obviously wasn't money, he took his services elsewhere. Somewhere warm where they would help him by supplying more talent than just himself.

How can you blame him? Really, I'm asking seriously. I'd do the same thing. I understand the desire to win it all for your homestate, but do you understand the frustration he must have felt from not getting a helping hand? Do you understand that the Cavs would have ditched this guy in a heartbeat if he suffered an injury that compromised his abilities? That is the business. It is sad but true.

These are men, not miracle workers. Yes they are great athletes. Yes, they are superstars, but they are not gods. The Cavaliers thought they could keep LeBron James there by offering the biggest contract, but it was not to be. Perhaps if they had shopped the market harder and made a stronger play for Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire, or the guy James really wanted to play with Chris Bosh, Cleveland would still have their King.

Okay, they tried to ring Bosh's agent, but come on people! This is the biggest free agent market in the history of the league and the Cavs signed NOBODY! Not even James! The Cavaliers are an epic failure this offseason and LeBron James, D. Wade, and Chris Bosh are all huge winners this offseason.

To burn his jersey in the middle of the street, I understand it was an emotional outcry. But the symbolism of it suggests that it is more than that. It suggests that the fans (or one fan in particular) is ungrateful for what James did give to the city while he was there. He made the Cavaliers. Before LeBron James, Cleveland was a laughing stock. With LeBron James, Cleveland was dangerous. However, they would never be champions because the ownership wanted a good show, not championship basketball. They wanted a human highlight reel that would be all over the Sportscenter's top ten plays, not a team. They jsut wanted the money James was bringing in, screw championships.

What a train wreck. What a shame. What a sham.

"As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier."

Seriously, this guy is a joke.


In CAPS, no less. He is not "self-titled", he was given the nickname by the mediots and fans who currently wish to shred his image.This guy is either a complete idiot or he has no clue what his team just missed out on this offseason. I don't know why he is worried about LeBron James leaving, he sounds like a circus act all by his self.

Good Luck Cleveland Cavaliers fans. If I was you, I'd pray for new ownership.