When Lebron was picked first in the NBA draft as an 18 year old, he was just a young kid wishing to achieve the ultimate goal in basketball, by bringing an NBA championship to his home town of Cleveland.
Seven years and seven failures on, Lebron is no longer the "chosen one" for the people of Cleveland. Somewhere along the way Lebron lost the essence and passion of what makes basketball so pure.
It's not for me to judge whether it was a wrong or right decision to leave Cleveland, some say the Cav's made Lebron and some say Lebron made the Cav's.
What's clear is that over the years Lebron has placed people around him that have given terrible advice. The one hour national television announcement where he told the people of Cleveland he'd had enough was not in good taste.
The way Lebron celebrated in Miami to announce the signing, and promising a swage of championships was the low point of Lebron's career. Even lower than the way he played during the playoffs for Cleveland over the past seven years.
The people of Cleveland responded as they should have when a family member walks out the door, because the grass appears to be greener somewhere else. People all through the streets of Cleveland walked outside laying there Lebron Jerseys' on the sidewalk for the trash collectors or homeless. Probably not the response that Lebron's "people" had thought might happen.
With all major stars there are people who are attracted to that stardom and act like leech's sucking all the goodness out of that person. As an outsider looking in, it appears Lebron's leeches are sucking him dry of all the goodness he possessed as a young basketball star.
Every time he faces criticism he responds with ignorance and little humility. You can't claim all criticism is racially motivated Lebron, when it's the African American commentator's asking the questions??
The Cleveland Cavaliers have called in for extra security reinforcements inside and outside the stadium, from local police networks. My hope is that this game will show Lebron James that he was wrong in the way he conducted himself, and that the tough love he receives from the crowd and the greater city of Cleveland will be a stepping stone in Lebron James transformation into becoming a better man.
That's my dribble for this week, and like I always say- " you don't have to agree with me, just acknowledge I'm right. "
Happy Thanksgiving and see you next week.