What Made Me Feel LeBron James Is Leaving Cleveland

May 13th, 2010 by Matt Petersen Leave a reply »
Sometimes a player's face says more than his game.

Lebron's game spoke in numbers (27 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists). Those numbers say Lebron is staying.

For once, Lebron's numbers don't tell the story. His Game 6 performance may have been spoke in numbers, but it was his expression/reaction afterward that spoke volumes.

He's leaving.

I'm not a Knicks, Bulls, Nets, Clippers, Heat or Cavs fan. I'm a Suns fan, so you can trust, if nothing else, that I'm indifferent as to where he ends up.

What this objective observer saw in Game 6 was a LeBron who half-heartedly tried to shift into superstar gear in the final five minutes.

I saw LeBron, and the Cavs, fail to show any sense of urgency as the game slipped away.

The biggest thing that stood out were, ironically, the little things right after the buzzer sounded. The King tossed crown (headband) to a foreign crowd, had word with Garnett (advice from a former small-town faithful-turned-big-city-winner?) then removed his Cavs jersey immediately upon entering the tunnel to the locker room.

The vibe/attitude/symbolism of that sequence spoke to m ...

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