jamesnamida wrote:There is so much hate over at a few general forums i read i.e. realgm lol.
Most of the loyalty from fans/players/organizations is to winning in sports. A guy that is good for the team and community will be traded in a heartbeat for a better player, even if the guy doesn't want to leave. Most fans, will talk about dumping players and talking about them as if they are stats/ salary numbers. Nothing wrong with it, that's just how it is. From the organization to the fans to the players, it's always about getting the best deal/player/chance for wins. So people calling Bron Bron out on joining the heat and taking the easy way out is kinda crazy.
However it does impact image and individual legacy.
His 1 hr press conference is over blown in terms of slapping cleveland in the face.Yes bron bron should take some heat for making it so big, and not personally letting the cavs know his choice asap.
However, this whole free agency summer has been building up for two years. By who? THE media, the fans, the gm's mainly. Lebron and others only made short comments about the "keeping option up" over the years, and people went wild and ran with it. By July 2010, Lebron's decision became too big. what else could he have done other than a tv exclusive to answer questions. espn, his crew, reports would NOT have let him make this choice quietly, it would be a HUGE low end to this circus.
If he used Twitter or a letter- fans would say OMG he leaves us and just sends a twit or letter? 7 years and a letter? what a *****
However, bron bron should have made a scene, however, he should have addressed the cavs and their fans 1st privately beforehand. THen maybe the next day make a special about which team ur leaving for.
I completely agree with this jamesnamida.
The media are hipocrites. Like you said, they have made this a two year circus... building hype for his 2010-2011 decision, then he delivers his message in circus fashion, then they crush him.
And all the loyatly slams are just rediculous. Lets face it people, professional sports is NOT about loyalty. Teams dump players all the time without players having any say. This is a 25 year old that has earned the right to choose which city he wants to live and play in and while I do agree he did not handle it the best way, I dont see anything hateful with anything he did.
But the problem is not Lebron's right to pick where he's gonna play. It's his own call and nobody else's, and he has all the right to decide if he wants to move or not.
What's been criticized here is that he, and the media, didn't know how to handle it and was done in the most tasteless, ruthless and harmful way possible to Cavs fans. That's why people is hating on him (well, me, at least...).
It's not about loyalty, it's about class. And Lebron doesn't have any if he allows his ego to put on that show knowing that it would disappoint fans that have been rooting for him for seven years (more, actually, as he was playing in his hometown).
btw, if he had done the same thing via twitter or whatever, the reaction would have been somewhat similar. The right way would be via an announcement by his agent or something like that, something that doesn't become a big national show.