So, it finally came.
LeBron James (aka, King James) made his long, drawn-out one-hour announcement that he is bailing on the poor city of Cleveland to seek warmer pastures down south.
King LeBron James is headed to Miami to become a member of the Miami Heat (does that make him a “Hot”? I never could figure that out). No surprise. He is going to join friends Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in a bid that he hopes will bring him a title now, instead of further in the future.
Oh, well. After all, he did tell the nation that he had to do what would make LeBron James happy…in third person. And in first person. And he told us all that his Mom was a big influence on his decision.
So today, Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert laid into King LeBron (read the whole letter here). Essentially, Gibson referred to King LeBron James as Cleveland’s “former hero,” and stated in essence that LeBron is a self-promoting narcissist. Gibson is firm in his conviction that James has betrayed Cleveland, and Ohio, and he has vowed to win a championship before LeBron and company down in Miami.
But are they aimed at the right target? Sure, LeBron’s departure is a blow to the city, but he did give the Cavaliers some great years and some great revenue. They had chances to win titles. And, after all, the NBA has become a money-grabbing institution where “stars” now fall from grace in former cities to land in galaxies that will pay top dollar…even for “stars” who are close to burning out, such as Amar’e Stoudemire and Joe Johnson.
LeBron’s announcement is disappointing, but not shocking. It’s simply a symptom of a trend of greed and self-promotion in sports (and politics, and business). If Dan Gilbert wants to rip into anyone, maybe he should sit down NBA Commissioner David Stern and tell him that his NBA is turning into a house of ill repute.
Or, he could just write him a letter.