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.