But this is a good one. Usually I read the comments on the Ball Don't Lie blog to laugh at how mean-spirited and racist Yahoo! commenters are. But a Cavs fan named Holden K actually had a poignant thought about LeBron's departure:
The truth is, and most Cavs fans won't admit it, they miss Lebron. Sure he's arrogant, selfish, delusional, and immature, but who cares when you win 66 games?!? People lie and say it's the manner in which he left that pisses them off, which I'm sure is true to some extent, but eventually Cavs fans will have to admit that they would have been mad even if he left with class and tact, because who wants to lose the best player in the NBA and end up with a team full of scrubs? And this is coming from a guy that absolutely hates everything about Lebron's egomaniacal personality.
I agree 100%. Many Clevelanders love going back to "The Decision" and saying they don't mind that LeBron left as much as they do the way he announced it. I've got to call bullshit on that one. We all got our shots in about "The Decision." That's been done to death. The only reason Clevelanders still keep focusing on it is because LeBron is still gone and he truly had every right and good sense to leave.
LeBron James is the best basketball player of this generation, and Clevelanders thought everybody in their downtrodden city had an intimate connection by proximity with this person who seemed so divine. The jilted lover analogy is still the best. If you're a giant loser who lucked into dating the hottest girl in school for years, in the long run you're going to be traumatized by her dumping you no matter how nicely or cruelly she did it.