By Dave Uram
LeBron James is annoying. He’s a self-centered backstabbing liar, hidden in an NBA superstar’s body. While he is the best player in basketball, his off-season actions in 2010 and 2014 speak volumes about what James represents.
After making the entire world wait for yet another decision, Friday SI.com published a letter from James, announcing he’ll return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014-15. This appears to be the turning point in a biopic movie made for the big screen. With the deluge of admiration and praise thrown his way across the country, it is safe to say a lot of people feel that way, especially the people of Cleveland — the same people who deemed him Public Enemy No. 1 in 2010.
The smoke screen for “The Decision” in 2010 was the charitable gesture towards the Boys and Girls Clubs. Yet, it was an asinine way to let Cleveland know he was leaving. He admitted he would do things differently if he had the chance.
This announcement to return back to Cleveland is buttered up by a “heartfelt” letter basically to that same fan base.
“Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio,” James wrote. “It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart”
That’s just an example of the nauseating apology James confesses. When reading closely, it’s clearly all about self-centered LeBron. The letter is filled with a lot of “I, me, my” and everything in between.
James said he left to win championships, something Miami previously experienced. Now, he wants to end Cleveland’s half century championship drought with “one trophy”, while raising his family at home. He said Cleveland is the only place he’d leave Miami for because it makes him happy. James also revealed him and Dan Gilbert have made amends. The letter closed with the “realistic” belief a championship will not come to Cleveland next season, but he’s looking forward to the challenge of building towards that.
Never in the history of sports has any player made such an over dramatic publicity stunt when deciding where to play. Don’t be fooled by the initially charming yet disingenuous smile he poses on the top of this “essay.” Notice the piece of jewelry on his right ring finger – a championship ring with the Miami Heat. James, even in attempt to display a heartwarming gesture, is about himself.
That ring is one of two won with Miami – not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven and not eight. Remember what “King James” said shortly after signing with the Heat? When asked how many titles Miami’s ‘Big Three’ would win, James confidently proclaimed, “Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven.
“And when I say that I really believe it,” James would later say. “I’m not just up here blowing smoke at none of these fans because that’s not what I’m about. I’m about business and we believe we can win multiple championships if we take care of business and do it the right way.”
He lied and backstabbed Pat Riley, Dwayne Wade and Heat fans, which to be clear, I’m not one of. I don’t feel for Miami just like I didn’t for Cleveland in 2010, but this time, just like when he said “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat,” it was all about LeBron.
The man opted out of a contract after only four years, despite promising at least eight championships. His opt out forced Wade and Chris Bosh to do the same in hopes Miami could re-sign “King James.” Bosh is returning with a lucrative max contract, while a declining Wade may have lost out on millions, as the Heat reportedly try to bring him back.
LeBron turned on his superstar cohorts, just like the people of Miami whom he promised an abundance of titles for.
Dave Uram is a producer and update anchor for SportsRadio 94WIP.
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