BustedCoverage- It looks like those gold Beats by Dre headphones aren’t the only gifts LeBron James’ teammates should give back.
According to Cleveland.com, the generous LeBron also gifted his squad personalized life-size shields before their postseason run started:
Each of his teammates was handed a hand-crafted, life-size shield with the player’s nickname inscribed, I’ve learned. Also, the armor included a message referencing protection and unity.
Channing Frye, who was saved from the Magic by GM LeBron, loved the gesture:
“For me, I appreciated it,” forward Channing Frye said of the gift. “It just showed his thought process not just about the game, but about the mental aspect of everybody being on the same page.”
It's not lost on me that this is a pretty easy angle to take, but the fact of the matter is that if this series keeps heading down the short, visually arduous path that it's currently on then LeBron James absolutely has to rescind every single one of these gifts. I know I said that he doesn't deserve any sympathy and I stand by that, but the entirety of his roster is equally undeserving of any type of reward whatsoever. In fact, if the rest of his teammates had an ounce of self awareness then they would gather up all these endowments and leave them on LeBron's doorstep with an apology signed by the entire organization attached. Unfortunately, the Cleveland Cavaliers - as evidenced by their play on the floor - don't exactly strike me as the type of people that value accountability. That's why LeBron James needs to send his goons out to collect if this series ends in anything less than 6 games. Simply getting through the Eastern Conference relatively unscathed is in no way worthy of a spontaneous showing of gratitude.
I compare this to buying your girlfriend a gift then finding out she cheated on you just days later. It may seem petty, but you have to get that gift back. It's not about the money, it's about the principle. I suppose Richard Jefferson can keep his since he's the only person on the roster outperforming expectations, but I hope the rest of them kept the original packaging because those Beats are going right back where they came from - even if that happens to be the back of LeBron's closet. LeBron gave his teammates his personal version of a promise ring, and they have broken that promise by showing no promise. Letting them keep it would simply send the wrong message as to what is acceptable from a team in the NBA Finals, and if there is anyone that knows what's unacceptable in the NBA Finals it's LeBron James.