He jumped ship from the Cavs to the Heat to pursue his own goal of a championship instead of working with the team he had to make it happen there. He crushed the hopes and dreams of Cavs fans, and not only that, but he did his best to make a public spectacle of it.
Yes he made a spectacle - But was he supposed to remain a Cav for his entire career? Does he not have a say in where he wants to play as a free agent? I honestly wouldn't want to end up like Barkley or Malone or Payton or any hall of fame player who left a team past their prime in hopes of some hardware. I think Payton got his but I mean is he not allowed to pursue that goal of a championship after working with a team for 7 years? I think the organization played as much a role in crushing fans hopes and dreams as Lebron may have by not building a great team around the guy. To be honest I wanted Lebron to stay in Cleveland when the drama was on, but I understand the move and hey, it payed off.
I don't hold LeBron responsible for leaving - I hold him responsible for leaving in the WAY he left AND for not trying harder to make things work with the team in the months and years leading up to that. Yes, the team's ownership and management is responsible too, but that doesn't excuse LeBron for what he did.
Yet I only read the hate of Lebron from you. Thanks for at least acknowledging this much though. I mean 7 years is a long time man. The guy left and was in the finals immediately after - that says a lot to me about what the organization didn't do in building the proper team.
People in Cleveland would give a **** no matter if LeBron played and left like he did or someone else did the same exact thing to them, so he's not held to any higher standard than anyone else. Those are the people I've been talking about in most of this thread.
Maybe so, but this was a national event and would have been with or without the "Decision" and EVERYONE had an opinion. Are you from Cleveland or a Cavs fan?
I don't think that's classy at all. I think it was a piece in his public relations puzzle that he used to try to get back some favor with the public, the same as including a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club in his self-promotion. It may have helped other people, but the move was designed to get him to look better and had no other purpose.
At least you admit it helpted others, that much I can accept. I also don't know of any team that would give up their first round picks for the forseable future as some public relations stunt. I really think it was a gesture made in good will after the fallout - but neither of us can really answer this. All I can say is it was done - and when free agents do this it's normally done to genuinely help the other team. But again... it's something that didn't have to be done - so it has to be somewhat classy.