After his Miami Heat dismantled an old, injured and tired Boston Celtics team, Lebron James took a moment to apologize to the city of Cleveland for the way that he left.
“I couldn’t do it by myself against that team,” James said. “I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew this opportunity was once in a lifetime.”
Horses**t. Absolute horses**t.
That apology wasn’t aimed at Cleveland. It is evident to anyone familiar with the situation. If Lebron wanted to make amends with his hometown city, he would not have chosen this moment to address them. He would have never sabotaged the organization in the first place. He would have never made that ridiculous commercial.
To feel sorry would imply that James knows that he did something wrong… I do not believe that is the case.
This apology was not aimed at the people of Cleveland… it was addressing everyone else. To the cities that mercilessly booed Lebron, and his Heat teammates. Lebron was wrong in what he did to Cleveland, and the rest of the nation knows that. This half-hearted, self serving apology was his futile attempt at putting The Decision debacle to rest once and for all.
Well it didn’t work. At least not in Cleveland.
The dissection of Lebron’s apology is infuriating;
“I couldn’t do it by myself”…
How do you know? You quit. You stood at the timeline and watched a team that YOU had a major hand in assembling play the Celtics last year in basically a 4 on 5 game. You abandoned your coach, your teammates, your owner, and your fans; all of whom believed in you.
You threw in the towel before the fight began. It was painful to watch. Pitiful.
And to follow that playoff performance up this year the way that he did was even worse. Clutch jump shots. Aggressively attacking the rim. Neutralizing Paul Pierce in the fourth quarter. Closing.
The way that Lebron played against the Celtics in the fourth quarter this post-season shows something that many have believed for a very long time…
That he COULD have done it in Cleveland if he would have simply tried.
He could have been great. He could have been the player that we all believed he would be. He could have been special.
But he isn’t. He wasn’t, and he never will be.
I know that there are plenty of Cleveland fans out there that have since moved on, and can watch Lebron play without feeling a gut-wrenching fury every time that he does something well. I have no doubt that some Cleveland fans can accept the way that he left, and have a passive attitude towards the Miami Heat’s run to the NBA Championship. Some Cleveland fans have forgiven Lebron James.
Watching Lebron pound his chest and flex after eliminating Boston was both laughable and maddening. To witness him jumping around like he was begging for beads at Mardi Gras after winning an EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS game brought it all back. All the rage. All the hurt.
He doesn’t get it, and he never will. His words are meaningless, and he can never be taken at face value again. Those hollow words from his empty soul cannot undo what has been done.
So save your apologies, Lebron.
We don’t need them.
(LeBron sure had it rough in Cleveland last year, all by himself)
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