LeBron James and the Absence Of Basketball Bushido

July 19th, 2010 by Andrew Willingham Leave a reply »

I can’t stand idly by anymore. Not after this: “LeBron Leaves Cleveland: Basketball Fans Rejoice?” Are you kidding me?!

As a writer, I understand it is part of the job to generate some controversy, but I can’t believe that a former Sonic fan would forget so quickly what it feels like to be abandoned by something you love.

While it is true that Cleveland still has a team, and while I’d love to have a LeBron-less Cavs than no team at all, it is also true that LeBron James was synonymous with basketball in Cleveland. He was the hometown hero, the Chosen One, the King of Akron; he single-handedly saved a perennially bad franchise and it meant something that he was from Cleveland. No player could have been as popular and as loved as LeBron James was in Cleveland.

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