“Don’t think for one minute that I haven’t been keeping mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone.” – LeBron James tweet, courtesy of JuicedSportsBlog.
Despite an overall positive fan response to James' new Nike commercial, in which he asks, "What should I do?," there appears to be a pocket of disapproval.
As expected, Cleveland Cavaliers fans are up in arms over the way LeBron left them high and dry. They claim he mocked their organization in the nationally televised "Decision," aired on ESPN during the last week of his free agency.
LeBron claims he doesn't owe anybody anything, and that could be true.
But try telling that to fans in Cleveland.
Here's more from JuicedSportsBlog:
"You would expect Cavs fans to be annoyed and maybe even angry, when the second best player in the league and the only hope for sports in a town that hasn’t won a major championship since 1964 announces on a national TV special that he was going to leave Cleveland. It wasn’t just that fact that he left—which any athlete is perfectly entitled to do—but that he announced it in such a manner and was dancing for the cameras in Miami the next day. Moreover, he was given so much control of the team in Cleveland—his posse was allowed to travel on the team plane—and then he even played poorly in the Celtics playoff series.
Fact is, anyone is going to be a little bit annoyed with their former star player no matter how they leave. But LeBron just amplified those feelings in the process. And by going down to Miami Beach to try to engineer an easy championship with Wade and Bosh does, as so many critics have said, take him out of the conversation with Jordan and Bryant.
Fans and analysts alike are entitled to voice their opinions just like LeBron is entitled to leave.
For James to whine about so many Cavs fans who voiced their opinions just furthers his egotistical image. It says to the world, “Not only do I not care about giving the city of Cleveland the decency of a respectful ‘decision’ process, furthermore, none of you should be saying anything about it. You should feel that I’m more important than your city.”
For the record, winning a championship will not vindicate LeBron James. None of his critics, including No. 1 critic Charles Barkley, doubt that he has a very good chance of winning a championship. He just acted in an egotistical manner and took the easy way out.
“This clearly takes him out of the conversation [with Jordan]. He can win as much as he wants to. There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as the man.”
Enjoy. This video will be viral within days.
(Video courtesy of TMZ, insight thanks to mhblatt of Juicedsportsblog)