Wednesday, June 16, 2010
All About LeBron
Today, I have to admit my feelings have not changed and recent events have only reinforced that opinion.
Let’s start with the Tom Izzo debacle. Granted, while I admit LeBron doesn’t owe us any real clue of how he spends his free agency tour, the least the guy could have done was send any kind of signal to Izzo while he and the Cavaliers organization twisted in the wind for nearly a week while waiting for any kind of hint from James on his future so Izzo could declare a decision. Naturally, Izzo couldn’t wait anymore and wisely chose to stay at Michigan State. Cleveland, on the other hand, is caught in another embarrassing moment of rejection.
Hey LeBron, at least show Tom Izzo, and the respect of giving the guy of some sort of phone call. You didn’t have to commit either way. It’s the very least you could have done. It is just a sign of respect to both Izzo and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert who has done nothing but bend over backwards for you since he bought the franchise.
Catch phrases from LeBron James like “team” and “loyalty” seem all the more like Madison Ave. public relations babble because right now I just see a guy who is looking out for himself. Hey, he’s the guy who wants to be a global icon after all. Playing through alleged pain during the playoffs? Nope. Festering media distractions to the team? Check. Let’s face it, for over a month now James has behaved like somebody who has one foot out the door in his relationship with the city while New York and New Jersey (or soon to be his favorite borough, Brooklyn) eagerly awaits while giving Cleveland another kick to the groin.
Maybe it’s time we all start to recognize this idea.