Hey, he said it, not me. Apparently, last night's Cavaliers/Knicks game was one of the biggest sports events ever. Stats don't lie. LeBron went 5-15 and walked out of his HOME opener with a loss. That's a choke job if I have ever seen one. Must be the colors. LeBron just can't walk the talk or fulfill his big boy shoes in front of his peers in Akron. Maybe that's why he left. I mean, I was convinced it was just the first game of the season, against a lowly Knicks team. If the first game is that important, I can't imagine the emphasis on the next 81. Is the season just over now? Generally speaking, the biggest sporting events take place in the playoffs. Was this a win or go home situation?
Don't get me wrong. I want LeBron to win in Cleveland as much as the next guy. The city deserves it. I don't hope he wins for himself. Or Kevin Love. Or Kyrie Irving. I hope he wins for the Cleveland fans. Cleveland is basically the sports equivalent of Detroit. It's the doldrums. Cleveland has been bankrupt of a winner for years. So yes, I hope LeBron is able to change that. However, don't try to sell me on how he is some sort of savior. The reason Cleveland has to be built from the ashes up is because LeBron, himself, burnt it to the ground with his move to Miami. Don't feed me how this is some cinderella story. LeBron left the city in shambles when he went to play with his boy toys Bosh and Wade. Now that he is back he is a hero? When your ex-girlfriend comes crawling back after she realizes what she did was wrong is she a hero? I didn't think so.
I love how the excuses for last night's performance are piling up. Stephen A. Smith said he was exhausted mentally from meetings all day. You think anyone gives a flying fuck? Maybe stop taking meeting and interviews and focus on basketball. That's your job title after all. I heard one sports reporter say they saw LeBron hyperventilating prior to the game. I don't think the blow job that the entire sports media has been giving him for the last week is hyperventilation worthy. You can't flood our televisions with the image of James return to Akron then blame his return to Akron for his performance. That's not how it works. I already know I'm going to hear it all year, but maybe don't toot the horn yourself LeBron. A game against the Knicks in October is not the biggest sporting event ever, no matter how hard you try to convince us.