Originally Posted by AZwildcats
If this makes sense, I really hate what ESPN and certain fan bases have done to LBJ (and Tim Tebow) since the decision.
1. Cleveland was a perennial doormat of the NBA before LBJ got there. Because of him, they had several seasons where they had the best record in the NBA and Cleveland was all of a sudden the most entertaining team in the association. He even took them to the NBA finals, something truly remarkable considering the history of the Cavs. He put in more then his fair share of dues for his hometown team.
2. The decision was one of the worst PR moves Ive seen in my lifetime. I understand people being upset then, but if there is one fan base that had no right to be upset its the Cavs fans. Before LBJ what was Cleveland sports wise? The Indians were mediocre, and the Browns were (still are) a NFL doormat. Those same Cavs fans that burned his jersey, probably never bought Cavs jerseys, or tickets or anything before he came along. He owed them nothing, and the way the media made it look like he flaked on them is despicable.
3. I never understood the "he cowered and joined two all stars because he couldnt do it on his own" argument. Kobe had Shaq/Gasol, Duncan had Parker/Ginobli, Pierce had Garnett/Allen and the list goes on. Why is it mandatory for LBJ to win a chip on his own, when in recent memory no one else has had to do it? LBJ led the Heat to both championships (especially this last one). He still was the man on the title teams, just like Kobe was when Odom and Gasol helped him win back to back titles.
4. Maybe I watch to much First Take, but the hate on LBJ has gone on waaaaaay to long. Dudes are over-analyzing every facet of his game and expecting borderline unrealistic expectations of him. He could get 35 and 10 in a game and the media would find a way to criticize him.
Sorry for the rant, but I had to get that out. Im actually a Kobe stan, but what I see said about LBJ is absurd.