Far be it from me to say anything nice about a guy who took great pleasure in taking a big dump on a fan base who adored him for seven years.
And I am not excusing LeBron James for his narcissistic hour long "Kiss my A--, Cleveland" spectacle to announce he was going to Miami.
BUT, looking at the latest NBA standings, it must be said the James made the right call basketball-wise.
Currently the Cavs sit at 8-27. Now granted they also lost Big Z to the Heat along with LeBron.
But 8-27? That just shows what little they gave LeBron to work with there. They still have Antawn Jamison and Moe Williams, right? And they still have the guy with the crazy hair, right? And together they've won eight out of 35? That's it?
So we all owe LeBron a bit of an apology I think. I don't care how great a player he is. I don't care how great ANYBODY is.
NOBODY, not even Michael Jordan, could win a championship with an 8-27 supporting cast. Want proof?
When Jordan was away playing baseball and making movies with Bugs Bunny, were the Bulls winning 20 games a year? No. They weren't winning titles anymore, but they were still playoff contenders.
Miami last year made the playoffs. Has James turned them into the runaway best team in the league? Not really. Right now they only have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Take Kobe away from the Lakers. Would they be 8-27? I doubt it. They'd still be over .500. So if James had stayed, would he win a title there? No way.
And that is what Barkley and Jordan basically demanded of him. Their reasoning for him to stay was because of his legacy.
Well, Barkley should know the answer to this question. What would his legacy be had he stayed to turn an 8-27 team into a No. 1 seed in the East only to be exposed in then playoffs every year?
He gave Cleveland seven years to get better players. How long was he supposed to give them?
Is he a jerk for the way he left Cleveland? Yes. Was it the wrong move? Absolutely not. So maybe we should cut the man some slack.