After viewing that shameless spectacle on ESPN Thursday night, one overriding thought dominated our conscious: We look forward to the Lakers kicking Miami's ass next spring in the NBA Finals... should that glorified all-star team LeBron is now part of even make it out of the East.
Some more smack for your reading pleasure via Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times:
That was why this show was so wrong. It wasn't about a lack of journalistic ethics, but human ethics. James used his awesome power not to inform or entertain, but to belittle. After his announcement, there appeared video of Cleveland fans screaming at a bar television, then burning a James shirt in the street. Maybe this would have happened if James had been a little more discerning, but I doubt it. Cleveland had been nationally embarrassed, and reacted in the small way that James made it feel.
I thought he would never arrange the show if he wasn't going to Cleveland. I thought wrong. It turns out, when it comes to LeBron James, I thought wrong about a lot of things.
I thought he was a leader. But by going to a team that already has an established superstar who has already won one NBA title, he showed he is a follower. He doesn't want the ball in the final minute. He doesn't want the pressure in the final month. The way he crumbled against Boston in this year's postseason was not a blip. The King doesn't have the stomach to be the Man.
Precisely. By going to Miami, James finally made the public admission that he and many of us knew all along: he is not the alpha dog that his brand and marketing machine wanted us to believe.
Exit question: How does D-Wade's second fiddle taste, LeBron?
We've had several people over the last few days volunteer that while they really didn't like the Lakers, they would be more than willing to root for them next spring should they meet the Heat in the Finals.
Plenty of room on that bandwagon, folks!
Follower update: Conservative Generation is in the house!