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Why Cleveland Can't Just Move On

by Jack Bates (writer), Alameda, August 17, 2010

Issue #1: Professional Sports Is Business Issue #2 : Sports In Ohio Are Personal

The article "LeBron is gone, Ohio should move on" completely captures the "outsider" view of the "LeBrondyssey" of this summer's NBA free agncy. The author titles the article,"LeBron is gone, Ohio should move on" , but ends with, "I learned a hard lesson years ago in the employment world — and let's not forget that basketball is about business and that James is employed by it — business is business. It's not personal." That is where she has mixed up two distinctly different issues, like oil and vinigar. She did a good job mixing in the middle but in the end, just like oil and vinigar mix, the issues separate. This is the typical "outsider view". They don't understand the issues.

Issue #1: Professional Sports Is Business

Issue #2 : Sports In Ohio Are Personal

Back to the misleading title. This title leads us to think the author is going to deal with Issue #2. The article actually deals with issue #1. For that reason it is a poorly slanted piece because the author failed to address the emotional impact of James' leaving on the fans.

Cleveland is full of emotional, hardworking, loyal people. That is why he built his brand on those values, especially loyalty. The author goes on to glaze over HOW James left, like it didn't matter. That was the whole point. Look to how Big Z (Zydrunas Ilgauskas) left. His heart felt letter is much more professional and emotional. Big Z gets it. He left for the same exact reasons as James. Big Z did it humbly, with caring, as a friend not as a business partner.

James made it clear that this was a business decision. That conversation he should have had with Cavs Management months before. Wade, James, and Bosh set this whole thing up years ago when they played in the Olympics together. They reworked their contracts to all be free agents this summer at the same time. What James tried to do with his ESPN "special" (worst sports production for a super star in decades) flopped because he didn't address the emotional impact of his leaving. It was clear James didn't care about the how the fans would feel.

What you experienced is the pure raw emotion of a region that was just made to feel less than they are. This is the state where people bleed for their teams. The do expect loyalty. They do expect that 120 million dollars should be enough to keep a home grown tallent home.

LeBron James can go win 10 rings someplace else. It will never be as special as if he had one just ONE ring in MY hometown of Cleveland.



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1 comments on Why Cleveland Can't Just Move On

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By Jack Bates on August 17, 2010 at 07:19 pm

Thanks for the comments guys! Bill, you echo what Barkley said. Jordan didn't leave Chicago when he didn't win right away. Magic, well he started hot and stayed hot. Bird, McHale, didn't leave when the going was rough in the playoffs. They all worked to improve and compete and beat they best, not run to join them.

The owner tried to get more tallent in, but these guys orchestrated their contracts (after the Olympics) to all end or opt out this particular summer. The owners are not allowed to collude like that. The players now have too much power and can, like Bill points out, hold a whole league (not just a single city) hostage. There will be a lockout, it will be ugly, because the owners and cities can't be held hostage by tantrums of these spoiled atheletes anymore.

Again, thanks for the comments!

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