LeBron James Dumps Cleveland Only to Heat It Up

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LeBron James Dumps Cleveland Only to Heat It Up

It was the most riveting hour of live national television since Geraldo Rivera breathlessly described the opening of Al Capone’s vault 24 years ago.

Instead of dirt and an empty glass bottle, we got LeBron James talking in the third person about all the talent he brought to Cleveland for seven years before telling us he was now going to bring all that talent to Miami, where everybody thought he would go in the first place.

It was a stilted and awkward setting at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America in Connecticut as he sat down before a silent audience of, well, boys and girls, with an ESPN reporter who tried his best to drag out the painful proceedings by asking about a dozen inane questions before finally getting around to the BIG ONE.

By the end of the show, it was clear LeBron’s ego had left the following in its wake: One very happy American city, five other cities shrugging their shoulders and one really pissed off Cleveland, Ohio where his uniform was burned in effigy and the owner—Dan Gilbert—released a statement calling LeBron "selfish, heartless, callous and cowardly."

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Troy Sparks is a Jabberhead and an SJ contributing author. Read more of Troy at Troy's Thoughts on Sports .

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