The buzz on the internet today is that Lebron James is returning home to play basketball with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Today’s cartoon pokes fun at the Cleveland fans who in 2010 burned Lebron’s jersey when he went to play for Miami. In fact then (and now) Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert stated in a now famous letter when Lebron left,
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
Well Cleveland continues to be “cursed” while the Miami Heat went on to win two championships under James. That is all seemingly water under the bridge as James and Gilbert seemingly have made up.
James stated his reasons for returning on Sports Illustrated:
To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?
In Southeast Ohio, college basketball means more than the NBA. However, I always liked Lebron James public persona (minus the mistaken way he decided to announce going to the Miami Heat). I think his actions in continuing to support the Northeast Ohio community with his Foundations and Donations should have kept more Cleveland fans on his side. Now they have the chance to love him once more.
I was really surprised he went back! But hey, good for Cleveland. Can’t blame a guy. After all, I moved from Ohio to Florida and then BACK to Ohio.
You were his inspiration
Sports are a mystery to me, and egotistical players most mysterious of all.
How can you miss all the coverage even if you aren’t a sports fan
I didn’t know about any of this either. As I don’t follow sports. But people’s tastes and choices change over time so it doesn’t bother me that after all this, Lebron went back. Live and let live.
I agree about the message it sends to the children. A disgraceful act
Not disgraceful at all. Companies don’t have allegiance to employees so why should employees have allegiance to companies even if they are in their hometown.
No I didn’ I mean about allegiance. I mean’t the fans burning the guy’s jersey just because he changed teams. It sends a message to kids that you shouldn’t make decisions about what you think is best for you because of what others may thing & guilt feelings of allegiance.
Hi Tony, long time no see…
Have a wicked Hump Day
my fine friend 🙂
Hey go talk to Tony on his site…if you can find it hahah
Not a sports fan, but I love listening to stories like this! I’ll never understand jock sniffers…
Now you are talking about Porkys (the movie)
Same here, not a sports fan.
Baseball and Football for the most part. Of course I love the Olympics and obscure sports too.
Further proof that when Karl Marx wrote that religion is the opiate of the masses, it was only because they had yet to invent professional sports.
Very true. And it detracts from the real concerns for their families, livelihood, and country. Politicians love that sports are big. That’s why they always are willing to build sports arenas and such.
Basketwhat? I take it he’s famous or something.
You need to get your head out of your cartooning once in a while and see what is happening in the world 🙂
What world is that?
The Real World…it is a show on MTV ha
Thanks for telling us 🙂
Umm, yeah who?
Hey Loon are you being good? 😉 xxxx
Trust me she won’t be back to respond haha
The fickleness is just typical of what trading teaches children… chase the dollar and crap in the nest you leave.
While I didn’t like the way he did it (like your crap in the nest) I don’t think chasing the dollar was a bad thing because what he truly was doing was chasing a championship.
Red, this is the picture of you that I was
mentioning (oop’s sorry Bearman I am taking
over your thread 🙂 lol)
Hey Red I can’t return to my
realm without leaving you these…
People do what they do and the rest of us apparently have our own opinion. I hope this turns out well for everyone.
Have a fabulous day. 🙂
And typically our opinion isn’t listened to (and most rightfully doesn’t matter) 🙂
When King james left Cleveland, his faithful burned his effigy in the streets claiming he was their false god! He returns home for a second coming and all hail the King! …. Cleveland doesn’t know how to be rabid sports fans, rabid sports fans know how to hold a grudge! [smirk]
I’m sure, no matter who’s net Lebrons balls, rim, swish and slam dunk, he’ll be sure to go where the money takes him! [whistles]
Rabid sports fans who know how to hold a grudge are typically perennial winners who don’t have to care about what any single person offers their team.
Cyndi Lauper’s song “Money Changes Everything” is now playing in my head… 😉
Funny that it isn’t in mine since I can’t seem to place that song. 🙂
I don’t know the whole story on this but why leave a team that you helped take to 3 championships? I’m guessing money.
The team is imploding so leave now and save face.
I like the move. I like it that he’s a big enough man to go back and take the “heat”. I also like it that it mixes up the league a bit. He’s in a great position with all of their #1 picks to be the superstar on a team of young superstars. If they can mesh and play like a team they will start winning championships in a couple of years.
Either way it means money for the team, for Lebron and for the city.
It’s a win-win!
Now let’s see if they win win
I’ve never even heard of this guy
but I like your cartooning so there 🙂 lol
I hope your Hump Day is going
well Bearman, here it is dull, nooo
not the day, the bleeding weather 🙂
Weather here is perfect. 75 and no humidity. Every day should be like this.