The lottery numbers are in, and to add gasoline to the fire that is the LeBron James/Cleveland Cavaliers soap opera, Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have received the first pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
That should bring this rivalry's boiling pot down to a simmer, right?
If only we were all naive enough to believe that. However, this is definitely not the case, and if LeBron James thinks that his 10-month-late apology, or his condescending remarks toward the Cavs' lottery pick will make the state of Ohio stop cursing his name, then he's been in the South Beach heat for too long.
Although many may find an element of sincerity in the King, and may be inclined to offer some empathy (if that's even possible), the apology was half-hearted, and misdirected.
While James may have made amends for his childish waste of network airtime, he failed to target the real victims of his decision to join the Miami Heat, who are none other than the citizens of Cleveland, and the Cavaliers organization.
A player has every right as a professional to "take their talents" to another team, but what LeBron James did was not within those rights.
Although breaking the hearts of Cleveland was inevitable in the scenario of his departure, having them fall helplessly from the thread that he had them hanging by was not.
Lebron James knew in the 2010 series against the Celtics that he wouldn't be returning to Cleveland, and although he wouldn't admit it to the media until it was time for The Decision to be made, he told the world through his play.
I'm not going to say he gave up, but I will say that he didn't trust the talent of his team as much as he trusted his own, and that is not how we have come to know the game of basketball to be played.
It's not how Michael Jordan, or Magic, or any of the other great basketball players of history played it.
When asked what his thoughts were on the Cavaliers receiving the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, James stated "It's great for their team, great for the franchise and great for the fans."
Sure, a first overall pick is exciting for the team, and exciting for the franchise, and exciting for the fans, but I think we all know that what was great for them was having the homegrown talents of a man who, when he retires, could be regarded as the greatest player who ever lived.
Instead, as we all were so blessed to witness in The Decision, King James took those talents to South Beach.
In all seriousness, Cleveland is lucky to have the opportunity to rebuild their train-wreck of a team so soon after they lost their franchise player (James packed his bags only 10 months ago).
With this being said, I am sure Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as the state of Ohio would be happier with the 6'9 multi-tooled, super athlete of LeBron James than with the heralded 6'3 guard out of Duke who, prior to the NCAA tournament, had only had eight games of college experience (he also failed to advance his team past the regional semifinals in the NCAA tournament).
Don't take this as a discredit to Kyrie Irving, as he is projected to be the first pick for a reason, but even in the happy, and hopeful state that Cleveland is in because of their two top five picks, the 2011 draft class doesn't offer a player, or even two players who will be able to live up to the standards that LeBron James set.
These players, who will bring talent to both the front and back court, will most definitely add a spark to the seemingly dead Cavaliers roster, and could potentially bring them back into contention in the near future.
If this is the case, than the void in the roster, and on the court, that had been filled by LeBron for seven years, will effectively be filled.
However, even in the case that this void is filled, the one left in the hearts of Cleveland fans will not be, and the fire James set in the eyes of Dan Gilbert will continue to rage until he gets his revenge.
So, while some may call LeBron James' attempts at making amends with his insincere apology, and his seemingly fake interests in the well-being of the organization honourable (I'm not sure who these people are), they do nothing to clean up the mess he made when he left.
The drama between the once soul-mated LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers will continue heat up, until revenge has been taken.