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James disloyal, Cleveland cursed

Published: Sun, July 11, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m.

James disloyal, Cleveland cursed


I’m a Cavs fan, and for almost all of the last seven years I have been behind LeBron James, called myself a witness, etc.

I’m not mad that he’s leaving. That’s not my problem here, and it’s not Dan Gilbert’s problem either.

LeBron James grew up here, in Akron. When he started to play for Cleveland we changed everything about our team to usher him in, new colors, new logo, new everything. The Cavs spent the next few years trying to do everything they could to help LeBron. They hired who he wanted, they did everything for him, but he never won a championship, I’m not saying that’s his fault, but it didn’t happen.

Fast forward to the 2010 NBA Playoffs.

The Cavs beat the Bulls, 4–1, and went on to lose to the Celtics 2-4.

LeBron played like garbage. Anyone with eyes could see he was done trying. He didn’t care. I think at that point, he decided he was leaving. After blowing the final game, as soon as that buzzer went off, he ripped off his Cavs jersey and left.

He then announced that he’s leaving the place he grew up in. He’s leaving the city that has a giant “Witness” poster downtown. He’s giving up on a town whose hopes of ever having a successful pro team fell on his shoulders by having an hour-long special on ESPN where he announced he’s going to Miami.

Cleveland is a city that is cursed. Our sports teams are the most devastatingly disappointing things anyone could imagine, but regardless, our fans stay loyal. We always have hope, that’s why we call it Believeland.

Watching one of our own leave us because he feels he can never win here, someone who we have seen as a hero for seven years was like a devastating final blow.

Dan Gilbert knows this, and his letter’s purpose was to fire up the Cleveland fans that now have no hope in sight for our teams. I’m sure he may be a tad bit bitter about what happened, but wouldn’t you be? If you were in his shoes, would you have not tried to do something to help the thousands of fans who were just slapped in the face by a man they’ve loved for seven years?

LeBron said on Sportscenter that he and the others would take pay cuts to play in Miami. It’s not about the money. I don’t care if they would have offered him more in Miami than in Cleveland (which we know didn’t happen). It’s about leaving to get your NBA championship when you were with a team and a city who may have needed it more than anything, and it’s about your blatant disregard for anyone but yourself.

Tyler Moliterno


LeBron’s departure shameful, devastating

An open letter to LeBron James:

You have the words “loyalty” and “family” tattooed on your body. Please use some of your obscene wealth on a dermabrasion as soon as possible.

The farcical fiasco you just put the entire nation through on the hype machine called ESPN requires that you replace those words with “arrogance” and “egocentric”.

Shame on you for not having the decency to call the Dan Gilbert ownership group and give them a heads-up.

Shame on you for not mentioning appreciation directly to the fans of Northeast Ohio even once during your sordid monologue.

Gilbert has spoiled you rotten to the point every player move was run by you first. You don’t think the Cavs have the players you can win with? Point the finger at yourself as well. Gilbert even allowed your posse of 25-30 year old hangers-on to have the run of all team facilities.

The fans of Northeast Ohio supported you so much that a huge majority of them wouldn’t even call you out on the quit job you did against Boston. We should have had an inkling of the Boston Quit during the Orlando Quit in Game 6 in the 2009 finals.

You disrespected every sportsman who has given his all to the last second in every sporting event. Did you ever see your idol, Jordan, do that? How about Magic, Bird, Kobe, Nash, Duncan and so many many others? Shame on you.

There will be some who may respond with: It’s only a game, we have more pressing issues to worry about in Ohio and America.

Very true, but Cavs basketball was a tremendous diversion and escape from those ills. You took that away. Shame on you.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Mike DeNiro



1sknirak(120 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

When James comes back to play the Cavs, he deserves the "LeBronx cheers"

If you don't know what the "Bronx cheer" was, try long booing and really nasty remarks. He should get a "special" homecoming.

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2mrblue(1140 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

How about no one showing up when LeBron returns. (Just a thought)

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3anothermike(221 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

LeBron want to be like most of the other "thugs" we have today in pro sports. Forget team loyalty, forget who helped you along the way when you couldn't even afford decent shoes, helped your family because they saw some potential in you. It seems like the people from the lowest financial beginnings are the least appreciative once they hit the "big time". They have no problem burning bridges. I just hope they don't put him in the same catagory as Bill Russell, Larry Byrd, and so many greats of days gone by. They had/have class; something money cannot buy.....

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

What is the difference between LeBron and a bag of manure? The bag.

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5Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

No, no, no,

The youngman isn't disloyal nor is Cleveland cursed. Where I feel for the fan's that this has so adversely affected it's not your fault's but don't try making it his either.

As for loyalty he has the same loyalty to himself and his family to make the best of an opportunity to be a success making an honest living just like everybody else.

He's toiled in Cleveland for 7 years and five of the best of them squandered by Dan Gilbert greed ridden incompetency.

See while Dan Gilbert was lavishly collecting those NBA profits and royalties off LeBron's bargain contracts back. Gilbert put more thrust into seizing the rights to forge legalized gambling in the state.

LeBron is a player that not only wants to win but by nature of the game and his aspirations he HAS to.

Which in 7 years of trying even he wasn't going to do it having to carry a casino minded Dan Gilbert and his entourage of basketball dummies on his back.

Gilbert's a lying, self centered and vindictive little being that crapped out

They're a loyal bunch but easily manipulated and ownerships that play the buddy system to milk the misguided fans is modus operandi.

See just like the Browns drafting a Tim Couch, Brady Quinn and Colt McCoy who positionally nobody with football brains wanted.

The fans get a churn of losers on the field but the selective millionaire makers win at the box office.

Same goes for the Indians where the Jacobs family came in and briefly saved baseball in Cleveland. Which after Jacobs sold the team it reverted back to a major league farm club.

It's not a curse a mindset of Ohioan's to play to such foolery and consistently pointing the finger at the wrong cause and individuals.

Which is exactly why they always get burned not shaking the foolish philosophy.

See it's not all about money for those like Ron Harper, Carlos Boozer, LeBron, Winslow, Shannon Brown, Jim Thome, Sabbathia, Cliff Lee, and a historical host of other players that bolt after trying to help.

Where aside from having had enough of being used as profit margin to make co-millionaires out of a of management malingering make believers.

Those non dependent players will get paid anywhere and unfortunately for the manically manipulated Ohioan's.

Those players have time and time again proven they even have a better chance to win getting away from such defeatist by design madness.

Now if that non competitive business plan is going to be changed. Before you try to continue your gullibility of inaccurately blaming players.

You better start far more accurately understanding what you're seeing from the self driven agenda ownership names of Dan Gilbert, Larry Dolan and Randy Lerner.

As the no good for the sport nor to the fans as the fleece never ceases fraud artists. That keeps making excuses and steering you to point the misdirected finger.

As a design to prey on you both so and while they're selling you worthless tickets for a pilfering profit.

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6Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


Nope this is apolitical,..

Just like the posters stated it's clearly understood as entertainment and nobody's trying to misconstrue it with political football agendas.

Win or loose no sport, team nor player is going to exact social order shangrila on nor for any city, state nor region. To which no sensible fan is neither expecting nor implying any deviation from that.

Sports like all other entertainment is a diversion and or pastime treat to engage in no political, daily grind or religious bickering.

Which the statement is made that in regards to Ohio teams. They're predictably and continuously the worst in all three sports.

Because their business plans are to profit off manipulating prejudice. Ironically just like you stumbled up in here trying to toss that football.

Into a gathering of those of us sharing perspectives on the exit of not just a basketball player. But a homegrown that happens to be the best individual player on the planet.

Where those competitors whom more wisely don't operate like the color coded and finger pointing fraud artists that flock to prey upon Ohio via Cleveland. Has and are always going to continue to be the winners in comparison.

Clearly by having proper focus, applicable perspective, better teams and genuine sport relevant brains and a legitimate appreciation for their fans.

So when the most foolish of all fans go petulant and the political footballs come into play.

Games over and it becomes woeful owner friendly time to skew the view. Of anything pertaining to why, how, where and by what focus and measure.

You're resigned and vulnerable to a steady diet of buying an array of worthless tickets,.. Go Heat, Steelers and Yankees.

So now,.. did, can or are you even capable of catching that on the money championship winning spiral not playing political football?

Or how about your ability to handle a no look bounce pass for a game winner in basketball.

Which even if you're a baseball fan did you manage to just miss how I turned that triple play?

Which if fans are truly for and or about that kind of besting the rest. They're going to have to take on the oh no variety owners that's killed the competitiveness as far as Ohio sports.

Having perched as a monopoly in Cleveland.and playing to the social ills of the vulnerably vexed for pure personal profit.

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