Man, you know that feeling when you finaly meet the one person who you've always looked up to? That person, who you have always thought is perfect in every way, shape and form? And you know what always happens when you get to say hi? You're let down. That's how I feel right now.
I, of course, have not gotten to meet Lebron face to face, and it is more than likely that I never will. However, like most of the world, I have followed the Lebron saga all summer, and, through the camera lens, have met the real Lebron.
I totally repect Lebron's right to change cities, I even encouraged it from the start. Cleveland did not have the pieces to be a legitimate championship contender and didn't really have the capabilities to get them. Furthermore, the city doesn't have the swagger that is necessary to satisfy legends. Lebron needed to leave, and I'm glad he did.
But the way he did it?
Lebron's first mistake was not telling Cleveland from the start that he wasn't coming back. If Lebron had outright, from the beginning said he would not be returning to Cleveland, he still would have been the center of attention and gotten all the suspense he desired with where he was going. Deciding between Miami, New York and Chicago would have been good enough, he didn't need to lead Cleveland on like that as well. He lost so much respect from everyone for that.
Another mistake was the way he decided. An hour long tv special? Ok, that's fine, if you do it right. But doing it from a high school in Grenwich is not the right way to do it. It should have been a celebration, he should have informed the tam before hand, so they could set up the party the night of, not two nights after, like it happened. Sure, he gave some money to charity, but its not like that saved the hit his image took at all. If anything, it made him look worse, cause everyone recognized it for what it was, a pathetic attempt to save face, ingenuine, fake.
Finally, I have a serious problem with the decision he made. Miami??? I get that you want to play with your friends, but this was about something bigger. This was about legacies, untold riches and the fate of the NBA. Not some buddy-buddy bull shit. Lebron was in charge of saving the NBA by creating parody and competition. By reviving storied franchises, either the Bulls or Knicks. Instead, he took the easy way out.
So, in my book, Lebron went from the greatest athlete ever, with more spirit and expectations than anyone to a pathetic sidekick, to scared of his destiny to follow up. Even if he wins 7 titles in a row, Lebron is not ever going to be recognized with Jordan, Russel, and Magic, simply because of this debacle. Like I said, talk about disappointment.