Re: Any genuine LBJ fans not a fan of him anymore?
There were a pretty good portion of posts on the first page I could relate to. Well stated. I was a solid LeBron James fan for the duration of his time in Cleveland. He was huge, he was exciting, he was revolutionary, he was carrying his hometown team toward glory.
I surely don't hate this fellow, but I will say I'm no longer a fan of his. The primary draw was the way in which he carried the underdog into near overdog status (the Cleveland Cavaliers) while dominating in some ways that I hadn't seen before. The guy was like Batman coming in and wrecking house, saving the day in a city in near shambles that was looking for a new leader.
When he moved over to Miami, it was just a real bummer to see LeBron willingly close out what I felt to be such a beautiful era. Sometimes, it seems that players just belong on certain teams. It was sad to see Shawn Kemp leave Seattle. It was sad to see Ben Wallace leave Detroit. And it was sad to see LeBron James leave Cleveland. They all had their reasons, some of them may have been valid at the time, but it doesn't make their move any less of a bummer.
To know that LeBron's reason of leaving Cleveland was so he could win a ring. . .it just didn't add up emotionally for me. I felt like people should be coming to his team to win, not vice versa. This revelation created a vision that was vastly different from what I pictured. I thought he was a warrior who was cool enough to fight for a ring in his home region or die trying.
I understand people like making comparisons, such as "MJ never would have done that". To me, that's not what it's about. I'm not upset because LeBron did something other older players would not have. I'm just upset, period. It was a unique situation and my soul did not enjoy the unique result.