It’s the End of LeBron as We Knew Him…and I Feel Fine

July 10th, 2010 by John Stebbins Leave a reply »
After a few days, I woke up and realized that LeBron leaving was the best thing to happen to true Cleveland fans.

Yes, he was born and raised in Akron, close enough to know what being a Cleveland fan was all about. Yes, it included a lot of heartbreak, but overall, every time we’d come back—true die-hards, one would say.

But he really wasn’t "one of us." We don’t associate ourselves with winners. We associate ourselves with ourselves. His appearance at an Indians playoff game with a Yankee hat, his on-field friendship with Terrell Owens while wearing a Cowboys shirt; it pretty much said he was a frontrunner. It’s a free country, and frontrunners are allowed, but it ain’t our style.

Off the court, there was many stories that added up to a legend. In a nutshell, we're not a VIP city. We once threw George Clooney out of a club for not fitting its dress code (note: I knew the dress code, I followed it and I got in on a different night).

Local legends exist all over northeastern Ohio about his treatment of those who waited on him and his entourage. I've never seen it, but I've choked on enough smoke ...

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