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Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 5:41 pm
Posted by Royce Young

What do you think will happen when LeBron James enters Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night? What do you think will happen when his name is announced during introductions. What do you think will happen the first time he touches the ball?


Something like that.

But there's a movement that has a different idea. And if you ask me, a better one. Don't boo. Laugh. Instead of the universal sound for audience disapproval, confuse the heck out him with some chuckles, giggles and loud HA-HAs, Nelson-style.

It comes from the Twitter account @LaughAtLeBron. The idea, is this: "Let's flip the script on LeBron people. He's expecting crowds booing him. Why? We all need to LAUGH at him. Dec. 2nd." Sounds innovative, if you ask me.

Right now, the group has almost 400 followers, which surely isn't enough to sway an entire arena that's ready to boo their heads off to laugh instead. People have been waiting months to take their seat Dec. 2 and unleash the loudest, meanest, most devastating chorus of boos known to history. And LeBron is ready for it. He knows it's coming. That's why laughing could throw him.

Heck, why not take it even further? Why not REALLY confuse him and applaud him? Cheer him, even. Chant his name. Well, let's not kid ourselves here. The laughing thing is a pretty big longshot. I think it's more likely for my dog to walk over, shake my hand and say, "Hello Royce" in a funny British accent than for Cavs fans to cheer LeBron.

But honestly, with the way the Heat are playing, it really might not be that hard to laugh at them. It almost might even come naturally.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:23 pm

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

I understand and get it.  I really feel bad for Cleveland.  Great city in my opinion.  

However, you mention the value of tradition and trust.  I dont doubt one bit that Cleveland greatly values these things but tradition or trust dont mean a dang thing to multi-million $ athletes.  These guys chase paychecks and attention and have shown time and time again that they value anything outside of that very little.  Lebron is no different - Cleveland just thought/hoped he was.

Shame on Lebron for scorning the Cleveland faithful.  Shame on Cleveland for believing he valued trust or tradition.

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:19 pm

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

What might be even better, is when he's introduced, stand, turn the other direction and be silent! 

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 1:46 pm

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

Gilbert went out of his class-less way to keep the fan base energized and keep buying them tickets and the Cavaliers merchandise. I am looking forward to tomorrows game....not so much the Cavaliers playing ball but those fools who bought ticket to see Labron play!

Talk about Poetic justice! Labron is getting his and so are the Cavs fans

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:40 am

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

That's the point, Ichigo03.  Or has something been lost in your translation?  The city of Cleveland, Ohio invested a great deal of money and time, draft picks and trades around him, actually gave him a name he is not worthy of in the slightest and lavished him like petty people would to a god.  In a sense, LeBron James was a demi-god to the Cavalier faithful.  He made new fans out of people who never even followed (because Cleveland was such a bad basketball team for so many years) the team until he came along and restored the interest in the game to thousands, I am quite sure, that threw in the towel on their team years ago. THAT's THE POINT.  Fans, the city of Cleveland, the Cavalier organization... they put their hopes, dreams and prayers on the shoulders of LeBron James, treated him like a demi-god in the process, and that is why they feel the bitterness towards him that they do.  Don't you get it?  You're right when you say that this organization and team was terrible... And for so long too.  But when this young man came along and showed what he could do, it immediately brought life back to this city, team, organization and its fans.  He certainly enjoyed his tenure there and he more than indulged in the way fans, coaches and the media treated him too.  He was nothing short of a demi-god.  He was the messiah the Cavaliers fans and organization poured their faith into.  He jumped ship.  He knew he needed someone to lean on, to help him win a championship because he felt he wouldn't be able to do it with who he had in Cleveland.  So when your hero decides to hit the road for something he feels is far sweeter than what he currently has, it must have felt like your own child or best friend stuck a blade in your stomach and watched you drop to your knees as he walked off with a smirk to his new home in Miami.  That is why they despise him.  There was never a question of who was "crying" when he turned his back on them.  So while Cleveland has returned to its former self before the LeBron James era, there must be a sense of satisfaction to see him and his "new team" hovering over the .500 mark when it was said that they were to clean house from day 1.  It raped like betrayal doing what he did.  It must have felt far worse than a slap in the face to Cleveland and its fans, so I applaud the fans if they are going to "boo" or "laugh" at him when he comes back to play the Cavs with his new team.

This is far different than what happened in Edmonton when Peter Pocklington sold Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.  Gretz didn't want to go, but the owner sold him away for mere millions.  This is different than Ryan Smyth's trade to the New York Islanders, another foolish move by the Oilers organization.  Ryan Smith bled blue and orange.  He was the toughest and most loyal player the Edmonton Oilers had ever seen in their time in the NHL.  And they dumped him for what exactly?  Those players will always be adored in Edmonton because it wasn't their decision to go.  LeBron wanted out because he knew he felt he could never win with who he was surrounded by.  And he should be jeered for his decision.  

While the face of sports has changed drastically in the 33 years I've been alive, one thing will never change about it.  The fans.  It's not just about being an athlete anymore.  Now, athletes are business men looking for the biggest and fattest pay cheques and the teams that will pay them it.  It's sad really.  The Mario Lemieux(s), the Steve Yzerman(s), the Ryan Smyth(s) (because he wanted to play for the Oilers only and would have played and finished his career there if he wasn't so rudely traded at the deadline), and the Dan Marino(s) of sports are all but gone now.It's not about the loyalty to the team that drafted you anymore... It's about where and who is going to give you the pay cheques with the most zeros at the end of it.  And LeBron James is just another one of those stories.  Good on you, Cleveland... Some of us still believe in what is right too.   

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:43 am

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh's fu****g basketball, you don't need Lebron to laugh at tall, illiterate millionaires!!!! Who cares??

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:24 am

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

becuase they are playing like the 3 stooges thats why you should laugh .  the 3 egos get in the way of the talent.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:45 pm

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

Go ahead Cavalier fans, you can boo, laugh, clap, hell you could even bring 20,000 VUVUZUELAS and annoy the crap out of him...
BUT in the end, just know that YOU were the ones crying, YOU were the ones wishing he never left, and YOU are the ones that placed all your money on this kid, hoping he would bring your city out the MISERABLE crater or sports failure that is your town.
GO AHEAD AND LAUGH, in the end, he will laugh last...

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:31 pm

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

I am completely confident that Z will get a standing ovation everytime he is on the floor.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:41 pm

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

I don't get it....Lebron has been in Miami for about 1/5 of a season.  What is there to laugh about???  Miami has three absolute studs that over time will learn to play together.  How could anyone call this anywhere in the ballpark of a failure???

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:56 pm

Heat Stroke: Don't boo, laugh

Why doesn't every fan get a whoppee cushion and after you boo your asses off and throw his jersey on the floor, everyone sit on the whoppee cushion and laugh your asses off. Then I'd like to see the look on his face.

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