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I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat...It gives me the best opportunity to win and for multiple years.  I want to be able to win championships.

As soon as those words came out of that dude's mouth he became Enemy #1 in Cleveland FOREVER and the "I hate me some Lebron" train started gaining momentum.  Right now this train is moving at light speed and steadily gaining riders with each day he doesn't say "The Decision" was a bad idea and now that race was a factor in his treatment.  OK, I can somewhat understand why people are mad at Lebron for how the leaving of Cleveland went down on national television and how some people feel here's another high-profile black athlete playing the race card once things aren't going their way.  C'mon now people!  It's time to move on and leave this dude alone.  He didn't do anything wrong and I'm going to break it down to you.

 Here's the deal!

1. Bad move by Team Lebron with "The Decision".  Hindsight is 20/20 and you can always look back and say "man I wish I would have done this a little differently".  My stance is it's what he wanted to do so he did it.  Plus, how can you get mad about any event that put $3MIL in the pocket of the Boys & Girls Club.  It's like people (primarily the Cavaliers & the city of Cleveland) felt like they got invited to prom by the hottest chick in the school (which they had been dating for a long time) and then when they went to get her (in the super-sized limo with half the school aboard) she turned them down in front of the limo and went with another dude.  The reality is, they were told they (Cavs) could come by the house if they wanted but she might be breaking up with them and going to the prom with someone else.  If this was such a bad PR move why wasn't there a lot of press on the negativity before the event?  How about this, if he'd stayed with the Cavaliers would the other teams be upset and would we still have the same situation as now? 

FACT:  Lebron does not owe the Cavaliers, the city of Cleveland, black people, white people, anyone a thing!  I was brought up that no one owes you anything so don't expect it.  I've found that to be true so why is it that so many people believe this dude should sacrifice winning a championship by staying in Cleveland just because people perceive it to be the "right thing" to do.  Who exactly is this benefiting?  Not Lebron.  He gave the Cavaliers 7 years to get him a quality #2 to play with him and the best they could do was Mo Williams and an over-the-hill Shaq.  I like Mo/old Shaq but they're not going to win you a championship.  I'm not mad at Lebron for leaving because at the end of his career and the debates start abou his legacy they'll talk about rings.  Staying in Cleveland probably equals no championship but by moving on to the Heat the question becomes how many. 

I'm also tired of all these NBA HOFers talking #$!& now also about how they wouldn't have wanted to play with one another.  Let's see why:

Magic Johnson - Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, Bob McAdoo

Larry Bird - Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Dennis Johnson    

Michael Jordan - Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman

Mistake me if I'm wrong but all these supporting guys are HOFers (or will be in the near future) and doesn't include the other All-Stars that were on these teams that were not listed.  The Cavaliers have NEVER been able to get a guy like this for Lebron so these dudes can be quiet about not doing what he did because they didn't need to!

2. Lebron pulling the race card is typical and untrue. Let me start by saying that race is factored into everything we do.  Whether it's going to buy a car or going in for a job interview.  It matters and influences the way people handle/react to situations (like Lebron going to South Beach).  If you don't think that's true then you are very naive as to how the world turns. 

Lebron was asked a simple question and he answered honestly.  He didn't go into great detail and say they white man is out to get me.  He just simply said it played a part which is true.  I'll give him props for being honest because Michael Jordan would have never had the balls to answer a question like that.  May have cost him a little more money but he put his opinion out there.  The race debate will continue forever but he simple made a statement.  One statement that happened to be true than some don't want to recognize.

So, let's all just move on.  This dude is not your brother, daddy, son, homie, prom date, or whatever so he owes US nothing. He's an athlete that made a decision that was best for him (just like we do when we go to another employer) and then made a TRUE statement about his treatment after the decision.  Simple as that.  So simple that's it's easy for me to see that the dude did nothing wrong for me to hate him.

Do you agree?

D. Buster

 

October 3, 2010  09:49 AM ET

You write that LeBron does not owe the Cavs anything.

Fine.

If you EVER write that a team is being disloyal to an athlete...well, I hope someone gives you baseball-bat discipline

October 3, 2010  12:13 PM ET

Let's not all move on. I am hoping for some big time bang bang on December 2 in Cleveland

October 3, 2010  01:13 PM ET

Here's the big issue. First off, LeBron did owe Cleveland the time to go out and look for other free agents when he had no intention on staying there. It wouldn't be that hard to pick up the phone and call them. Cleveland paid him over $62,000,000 and if he had no intention on staying, for that kind of salary, he owed it to them.

Secondly, you may call it a "bad decision" by Team LeBron, but at the same time, he had the final decision on it and decided that it would be a good idea to publicly scorn Cleveland and all of their fans on a national stage. Other thumbs down go to ESPN for showing that there is no chance that ESPN will ever be able to be anything more than a LeBron shill station.

The whole idea that it was to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland was simply a smokescreen. I'm guessing he could afford the $2,000,000 that they got out of "petty cash". It was such an ego move that it boggles the mind, that the whole of sports should stop to see what "The Decision" is.

I'm getting pretty sick and tired of the "race card" being pulled out in cases like this. LeBron has shown that he loves it when the media is his personal lapdog, but the moment that anyone dared to say anything that he didn't approve of, he goes and pulls out that card. Is there any real difference between he and Brett Favre? Both are complaining about the media after they used it to their benefit to force decisions to be made by a teams management.

If you honestly believe that race has anything to do with the coverage and not the fact that he:

1. Publicly embarrassed the management and fans of Cleveland after they showed him nothing but love and loyalty.

2. Had his mind made up a long time ago. He decided that he couldn't do it on his own and needed to be a follower rather than a leader.

3. The media calling him out for what he is. He is a typical selfish athlete who is just looking at himself, hence the term MeBron.

4. Let's not forget that he had a say in all of the player personal decisions that the Cavs made over the last few years to try and put a championship team together.

5. Being called out by Charles Barkley. Now, I haven't seen Charles on screen for the last month or so, but the last time I remember him, he was black. Guess MeBron can't pull the race card there.

In conclusion, it is easy when the media is your friend and does everything that you want them to do, but when someone dares question a decision, pulling out the race card is about the worst thing to do.

October 3, 2010  06:58 PM ET

Brats -- Every team's goal is win games and work towards ultimately winning a championship. Having a player that is helping them accomplish those goals would be considered a prime situation correct? Now, as soon as that player's play, attitude, whatever are deemed to be not assisting them meet those goals the team begins to look to deal the player. At times star athletes end up going to worst teams. In these situations it's called "a good business move". So why isn't it considered the same when Lebron makes a move within his right as an unrestricted free agent? Could he have called the Cavaliers and let them know he wasn't coming back? Of course he could BUT he didn't and that was his decision. Maybe Lebron heard someone in management talking about his mom I don't know but for whatever reason he didn't call. Eli Manning refused to play for the San Diego Chargers and forced a trade to the NY Giants. Was it the norm? No it wasn't but he did it and now no one talks about it now and didn't get half the beating Lebron is getting. Why is that? So is everyone going to be pissed about it and keep punching the kid in the stomach everytime they can or are they going to move on. Move on.

You also brought up loyalty by the teams like this was a norm. If that was case Michael Jordan would have hade some role in management with the Chicago Bulls instead of the Charlotte Bobcats. What he's done for that organization and city I don't care if he walked up to Jerry Reinsdorf and smacked the crap out of him they should have made some sort of role for him. New generation fellas. Not like before where you stayed with one employer, stayed loyal, and hoped they took care of you. This young man (along with others) has a grasp on the system and how it works and is working it to his benefit.

October 3, 2010  07:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Brats -- Every team's goal is win games and work towards ultimately winning a championship. Having a player that is helping them accomplish those goals would be considered a prime situation correct? Now, as soon as that player's play, attitude, whatever are deemed to be not assisting them meet those goals the team begins to look to deal the player. At times star athletes end up going to worst teams. In these situations it's called "a good business move". So why isn't it considered the same when Lebron makes a move within his right as an unrestricted free agent? Could he have called the Cavaliers and let them know he wasn't coming back? Of course he could BUT he didn't and that was his decision. Maybe Lebron heard someone in management talking about his mom I don't know but for whatever reason he didn't call. Eli Manning refused to play for the San Diego Chargers and forced a trade to the NY Giants. Was it the norm? No it wasn't but he did it and now no one talks about it now and didn't get half the beating Lebron is getting. Why is that? So is everyone going to be pissed about it and keep punching the kid in the stomach everytime they can or are they going to move on. Move on. You also brought up loyalty by the teams like this was a norm. If that was case Michael Jordan would have hade some role in management with the Chicago Bulls instead of the Charlotte Bobcats. What he's done for that organization and city I don't care if he walked up to Jerry Reinsdorf and smacked the crap out of him they should have made some sort of role for him. New generation fellas. Not like before where you stayed with one employer, stayed loyal, and hoped they took care of you. This young man (along with others) has a grasp on the system and how it works and is working it to his benefit.

Didn't say loyalty was the norm. I said if YOU ever complained about a TEAM being disloyal you needed a beatdown.

There is also a growing new generation of fans who won't take crap. I am looking for mayhem when the Heat visit Cleveland December 2. Dis me...who the F are you. Bank bang kneecap time.

I'll just sit back and laugh.

October 3, 2010  08:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Here's the big issue. First off, LeBron did owe Cleveland the time to go out and look for other free agents when he had no intention on staying there. It wouldn't be that hard to pick up the phone and call them. Cleveland paid him over $62,000,000 and if he had no intention on staying, for that kind of salary, he owed it to them.Secondly, you may call it a "bad decision" by Team LeBron, but at the same time, he had the final decision on it and decided that it would be a good idea to publicly scorn Cleveland and all of their fans on a national stage. Other thumbs down go to ESPN for showing that there is no chance that ESPN will ever be able to be anything more than a LeBron shill station.The whole idea that it was to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland was simply a smokescreen. I'm guessing he could afford the $2,000,000 that they got out of "petty cash". It was such an ego move that it boggles the mind, that the whole of sports should stop to see what "The Decision" is.I'm getting pretty sick and tired of the "race card" being pulled out in cases like this. LeBron has shown that he loves it when the media is his personal lapdog, but the moment that anyone dared to say anything that he didn't approve of, he goes and pulls out that card. Is there any real difference between he and Brett Favre? Both are complaining about the media after they used it to their benefit to force decisions to be made by a teams management.If you honestly believe that race has anything to do with the coverage and not the fact that he:1. Publicly embarrassed the management and fans of Cleveland after they showed him nothing but love and loyalty.2. Had his mind made up a long time ago. He decided that he couldn't do it on his own and needed to be a follower rather than a leader.3. The media calling him out for what he is. He is a typical selfish athlete who is just looking at himself, hence the term MeBron.4. Let's not forget that he had a say in all of the player personal decisions that the Cavs made over the last few years to try and put a championship team together.5. Being called out by Charles Barkley. Now, I haven't seen Charles on screen for the last month or so, but the last time I remember him, he was black. Guess MeBron can't pull the race card there.In conclusion, it is easy when the media is your friend and does everything that you want them to do, but when someone dares question a decision, pulling out the race card is about the worst thing to do.

1: Let me take a wild guess here? Your white aren't you? Ding Ding, Ding!!!! No wonder your tired of the race card being pulled! ( For the record he answered a question, not pull a card) It does'nt effect you the way it effects us. When was the last time you were denied employment, Schooling or credit based on your race? How would you feel if your Mom, Sister or daughter decided she wanted to be envolved with a musician? ( like a rapper) c'mon don't blow your top just yet, just think about it.
2: That $62,00000 he was paid was probably at the DISCOUNTED rate seeing how much he brung into that organization and all!
3: The Larry Bird clause, this b/s clause allows a team to take there profits upwards to about 200% by matching offers to there players w/o hurting there salary cap. Now why would a player agree to this? Oh yeah... because the organization has made them feel like the player owes them after the player infact was the one who's probably sold out arenas from New York to China. So pity Cleveland

October 3, 2010  08:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

1: Let me take a wild guess here? Your white aren't you? Ding Ding, Ding!!!! No wonder your tired of the race card being pulled! ( For the record he answered a question, not pull a card) It does'nt effect you the way it effects us. When was the last time you were denied employment, Schooling or credit based on your race? How would you feel if your Mom, Sister or daughter decided she wanted to be envolved with a musician? ( like a rapper) c'mon don't blow your top just yet, just think about it. 2: That $62,00000 he was paid was probably at the DISCOUNTED rate seeing how much he brung into that organization and all!3: The Larry Bird clause, this b/s clause allows a team to take there profits upwards to about 200% by matching offers to there players w/o hurting there salary cap. Now why would a player agree to this? Oh yeah... because the organization has made them feel like the player owes them after the player infact was the one who's probably sold out arenas from New York to China. So pity Cleveland

Guess you missed my point where I put Favre, who is white, in the same bucket, right?

I'm also guessing that LeBron hasn't been denied employment, he was "hired" at 18 for several million dollars by the Cavs, schooling, because he refused to go to college to bypass and go directly to the NBA, and I don't think credit is a problem.

Next, I wouldn't care who my relatives were "involved" with, I care about how that person treats my family.

Also, he was given the maximum salary allowed by the NBA when he was with the Cavs, so you can just give that part of your argument up as well.

I'm also pretty sure that LeBron hasn't played in China, so I have no idea what you are talking about there.

Nice try race baiting, but it didn't work.

 
October 4, 2010  01:46 AM ET

The simple truth is RACE IS WITHOUT A DOUBT A FACTOR IN LEBRON'S TREATMENT IN THIS SITUATION. Is everyone looking at this and saying:"Who does this black Lebron kid really think he is?" I would say absolutely not but there are quite a few that did and have used this as fuel to keep this issue dragging on. Let's be honest here, a lot of what we'll call "mainstream America" basically don't understand or identify with the young African American athlete, which is why in SOME CASES this has carried on with Lebron. This is what he, Jalen Rose, and others are getting at.

Here's the deal "mainsteam America" (not calling out anyone just educating), every young black man or woman has a great grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle, etc....telling them how difficult it was for them growing up black (as much history is discounted it still plays a huge factor in the development of their psyche even if the person didn't experience those exact conditions) and has a list of at least 5 events (depending on the part of the country it may multiply) where blatant racism was at work. These kids listen to these stories (it's not "go hate the man" as being the purpose but just educating them on the past), read the books, see the pictures/video and realize now it's a new America and get a "I ain't taking that ****" attitude that they carry with them in their personal and professional affairs. Sometimes it's a benefit and sometimes it's to their detriment. In Lebron's case, he knew how to play the game (just as MJ had before him - without giving his true opinion of hot button topics like race), had some control in this situation, and decided to do what HE wanted to do and not what others thought he should. Hey, he made his decision, acted on it, pissed a lot of people off, and even stayed fairly quiet after all the things that were said. As a result, that pissed people off even more with some saying:"Who does this black Lebron kid really think he is?".

All I'm saying is that race has played a part in his treatment. Not saying everyone that doesn't like the dude is following that "I hate him because...." route but at least acknowledge the presence whether you believe it to be 1% or 40% of the people. Even if you say 1% then you are agreeing that all the kid did was answer ONE question with ONE statement TRUTHFULLY. I'm sure if you even broke it down to Sir Charles that way he'd agree also. He's upset because he didn't like the way Lebron went about things. As are a lot of people but c'mon the kid did just what he wanted to do and told the truth. I'm a big Barkley fan but ain't that how Chuck has always done it?

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