Skip this post if you’re not a basketball fan. I’ll be back to my normal posts on Monday : )
I’ve had the time of my life
No, I’ve never felt this way before
Yes, I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you.
Thank you, LeBron. The last four years have been undeniably aces.
I know I have a few fellow basketball fans out there, and today I just wanted to take a minute to reflect on LeBron James’ decision to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
I was out at lunch by myself on Friday afternoon when Adam called me to deliver the news: the king is going back to Cleveland. It didn’t quite feel like a punch in the gut, but it did feel like getting shoved really hard. As silly as it sounds, I couldn’t eat another bite of my food which had just moments before arrived.
The things LeBron wrote in Sports Illustrated didn’t really make me feel better or worse. I knew he wanted to finish his career in Cleveland, I just thought the departure would happen 3-5 years from now.
I guess to sum it up in one word, losing LeBron: sucks.
What do I optimistically hope comes out of this?
That basketball fans stop irrationally hating LeBron and start recognizing him for the once-in-a-generation basketball player that he is.
As a Miami fan I’ve heard people bash this extremely talented athlete for the dumbest reasons over the last four years. I have never understood how a fan of the game could not support the king.
LeBron is subjectively the most exciting player to watch in the league right now, and objectively he is the most talented player in the league.
I wasn’t old enough to appreciate Michael Jordan in his hey day, and I haven’t been on this earth long enough to truly appreciate Bill Russell’s run for 11 championships. It would have been cool to see all of that, but I am happy to witness LeBron’s greatness.
I moved to Miami in 2006.
My first time watching a basketball game, and truly enjoying it, came the night that Dwyane Wade and Shaq clinched the finals for us the very first time.
After that Miami went through a drought where D-Wade was his magnificent self, but we weren’t exactly contenders for the title. And then LeBron and Chris Bosh signed in Miami and I quite literally fell in LOVE with the game.
I don’t mean that I started cheering for Miami because we suddenly had three of the biggest, best stars in the league. That certainly helped spur it, but then I learned the fundamentals of the game, I educated myself on strategy, I explored the history of the sport and decided while it’s not football, it’s pretty damn awesome.
During the past four years I have followed the king on social media and in the local news. It’s impossible to say I know what LeBron is truly like as a man, but his public persona is certainly one that I believe deserves admiration.
LeBron is committed to charity, he is a successful entrepreneur, he is a relentless athlete, he mentors other players during the offseason and best of all he seems like a good husband (he’s married to his high school sweetheart) and a great dad.
Watching LeBron go back to Cleveland sucks because I never really knew him as anything other than a member of the Miami Heat.
I remember, in 2010, when he made The Decision to bring his talents down here, what an exciting time that was. Adam and I sat on the couch with our fingers crossed and jumped up and down when LeBron said that famous statement about south beach.
I was only a casual basketball watcher then. Now, four years later, I am a loyal basketball fan.
I’m also a loyal LeBron fan because he gave us more than we could have asked for over these last four years. Four trips to the finals, two championships and lots of fun.
I’m glad I got to see LeBron, at the height of his career, in person and in the jersey of my home team. Going to the AAA for playoff games as a Heat fan these past four years has been a blast.
Well, I’m extremely happy that D-Wade and UD are staying in Miami. Both of their jerseys will someday hang in the rafters at the AAA, and D-Wade is going to walk right into the Hall of Fame when he retires.
In 2010 the county of Miami-Dade temporarily renamed itself Miami-Wade County, and even when LeBron was here this was still Miami-Wade County.
D-Wade has done enough for us that it always will be.
You know what else? I believe in Big Shot Bosh.
Adam and I have been telling people not to count out Bosh for a very long time now. We love the big man and have always defended his game, which he completely reinvented to play here.
So, all in all, I’m disappointed that LeBron left, but just having Bosh and D-Wade makes us contenders for the Eastern Conference Title next year, and I’m sure that we’ll add even more pieces before free agency is over.
I’d love to have Ray Allen and Birdman back, and am looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds over the next couple of weeks.
Down here in Miami we have a saying: “In Riley We Trust.”
How could you not trust a damn good President who has championship DNA in his blood?