LeBron Takes On Cleveland...Again?!
Yeah, I'm back. New Year, same ole Len...sorta. I'm back to rant on a few things, first of which...
LeBron. Look, for anyone who really believs LeBron didn't deserve his two MVP trophies, look at the Cleveland Cavaliers now. They BLOW. No...that was my thought after LeBron walked in there and straight up eviscerated them 2010 Freddy style. They SUCK. No, I think that's been the Cavs since that game in which for the first time ever, the crowd had more balls to them than the players they were rooting for. Still, last night against the Lakers...I'm not sure if there's such a thing after the two things I mentioned to aptly describe what the Cavs really are. Swallow, almost seems like an insult to that particular word at this point. I have coined the "AAU" label for teams in the Association that have a fairly decent, young 25 and under core to them. Cleveland's a team I label as nothing more than a Practice Squad. Simply put. Other than maybe Jamison and Mo Williams, who in this team could you point to and say, "Yeah, they could be a legitimate starter for some team in the Association" about? Boobie Gibson? Varejao? I think those guys are pretty much reserves AT BEST. Sorry folks, but your team's done. Byron, sometimes waiting on a great job is better than taking a shit one. I give you three years max before you're shitcanned or just flat out QUIT.
Then...there's LeBron. LBJ, let's keep it basic shall we? I think it was The Undertaker who once said AND I QUOTE..."I'm not awestruck by your presence and I'm certainly not impressed with you." You guided the Cavs to two straight 60 win seasons on will alone. Yet somehow when it counted, you couldn't string together the 12 wins necessary to get your team to the NBA Finals, or 16 that were necessary to win it all. No, wait. You got them 12 wins in 2007, then ran out of gas against the Spurs. Since then, 7 postseason wins in 2008, 10 wins in 2009 and last season. ZERO wins in the Finals. If George Steinbrenner were your boss, he'd have slapped the Mr. April tag on you. Because you clearly do your best work when it's not really that important. You QUIT on the Cavs in Games 5 & 6, something which only Gilbert, myself and maybe a handful of folks caught last Spring. Still, it wasn't enough to keep Riles, Wade & Bosh from getting you down to South Beach.
So rather than handle your departure with some level of grace, show some humility towards the team that has been rattled by far too much in their sports lives. You take up an hour of television time (two if you count the post talk crap), then wait 28 minutes to announce you're taking your talents to South Beach. You had to know even if you ran your annual Bike-a-thon through the heart of Cleveland, you wouldn't be welcome back. EVER. Even after you eviscerated the Cavs in Cleveland, Craig Sager gave you the opportunity to make amends and you regretted NOTHING. I think you would've just been better off saying "Fuck Cleveland, I'm glad I left this dump" and called it a day. Or maybe go Samuel L. Jackson ala Time To Kill in saying "YES THEY DESERVE TO BLOW & I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL!!!". But alas, you didn't...least not that vulgar anyway. So let's speed it forward to last night, shall we? Cleveland plays the Lakers and well, good grief it escalated QUICKLY. 57 points by the Cavs, every Laker starter in double figures. Look, maybe now folks are starting to see what I was talking about with the Cavs all those years when LeBronmania was running wild. Sadly, Clevelanders are coming to the realization that LeBronmania was well due in part to...LEBRON and very little else. The Cavs might be the only team that LeBron could go 1 on 5 with and still WIN. Seriously, they're that fucking bad. I believed going into the year that the Cavs sans LeBron would probably win 30 games, max. Now I'm thinking even that might be pushing it. I know the Cleveland M.O. from a sports standpoint is "pull em' in and suck em' dry". Tantalize the fans with tons of "maybe, possibly" only to hit them with the "hardly".
But LeBron all of a sudden, is a "bad guy"? Really? Not in my book. Look, anybody can kick the low man on the totem pole. It really doesn't take much to tweet laughing against a Cavs team that just got their house, err, rubbles run over by the reigning champs two times over by 54 points. Anybody can get their boy to cut a damn freestyle rap on the fucking WIZARDS who may as well have been Team Ja Rule a few years ago. But where were your clever tweets when Boston came to town and put you in your lane? Twitter must've been down then. Or what about when Orlando spanked ya in the 2009 East Finals and you just stormed out of the building like a petulant brat? Nothing to say, huh, Prince? Look, a large part of the reason why i can't stand rap is because there are too many like you out there. Want a lot while doing very little and get recognized for it. As Jay-Z said in 30 Something, "y'all respect the one who got shot, I respect the shooter". You've been shot repeatedly every year since 2007 and yet, the accolades are nonstop. You're the King who hasn't won a single war worth mentioning. You're winless against the East's Elite when it counts, namely Orlando and Boston. While you may have shook the Cleveland "aura" or whatever, you're not winning in the postseason on just namepower alone. If anything, I'd have thought you would've figured that much out when you were in Cleveland racking up 60 plus wins the last two seasons and getting ousted before the Finals.
But yeah, heavy is the head of he who wears the crown...or the shoulders of he who carries much HYPE.