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Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#21 May 14, 2011
Happy in Miami wrote:
Amen, PAzz!! That's really what it's all about but the bigots will never admit it. NEVER!! Hey, John in Worthington, you need to check yourself...bringing his mother in the mix. Come on! Some things never change...you love the black athletes as long as they "stay in their place". Way to go, LeBron! Keep doing your thing and giving back to the kids. They still haven't given you and your partners credit for doing that.
Not-so-Happy in Miami,

"You love the Black athletes as long as they stay in their place"? Huh? What? Was that the best and only direction you could take this thread? Was that all you could muster? I negatively invoked Art Modell's name in my post as well, does that make me a card carrying member of The Black Panthers?

Gloria James was recently arrested for slapping a Valet attendant while she was hammered. God bless Lebron for taking care of his mother and giving back to her for all her years of raising him alone, but he wanted to do her more favors he would insist she her G.E.D. and get some anger management too.

And how come whenever someone has an alternate opinion about any topic these days, they're a "hater"?
punkazz

Reynoldsburg, OH

#22 May 14, 2011
Live FREE wrote:
He owes cleveland NOTHING. He could have and should have left at the end of his first contract. They NEVER got him any serious support, so all of you cavs "fans" shut up and grow up!
Amen!
Marco CZen

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#23 May 14, 2011
Have you donated a million over dollars to help little kids?
If not dont talk baby. His dollars are doing good .... your mouth isn't.
Cleveland wrote:
<quoted text>
DO NOT EVEN GO THERE!! The 'decision' was all about LeTurd and had NOTHING to do with helping children. The children were LeTurd's PROPS for his BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. He USED them to make himself look better. You are a FOOL. I have never heard LeTurd to do ANYTHING to help needy children in any way shape or form that wasn't self serving for himself.
Marco CZen

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#24 May 14, 2011
Amen ++
punkazz wrote:
<quoted text>Amen!
Marco CZen

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#25 May 14, 2011
Their personal lives should be commented upon. if they have done something illegal ( mom slapping the valet,etc ) then they have to pay.

But as far as basketball is concerned, clevelanders ought to get of the haters bandwagon and move on.

Is your private life a role model for all of us....i dont think so.
John in Worthington wrote:
<quoted text>
Not-so-Happy in Miami,
"You love the Black athletes as long as they stay in their place"? Huh? What? Was that the best and only direction you could take this thread? Was that all you could muster? I negatively invoked Art Modell's name in my post as well, does that make me a card carrying member of The Black Panthers?
Gloria James was recently arrested for slapping a Valet attendant while she was hammered. God bless Lebron for taking care of his mother and giving back to her for all her years of raising him alone, but he wanted to do her more favors he would insist she her G.E.D. and get some anger management too.
And how come whenever someone has an alternate opinion about any topic these days, they're a "hater"?
Clevelanders SMH

Miami, FL

#26 May 14, 2011
My goodness. Even when LeBron does something right it's not enough for you whiners.

I would expect an article like this on a Cavs fan blog somewhere. From a "journalist" in an actual news agency this is laughable.

The fact is that Cleveland had, arguably, the best player in the NBA. The Cavs wore him out for 7 years and gave him a supporting cast that is about 45 wins down without him. So, was he carrying the team by himself? Obviously. Was he happy about it? Obviously not.

Most of the posters here wouldn't stay with a company you didn't like for 2 years if you were unhappy. What makes you think it should be any different for LeBron?

He didn't lie to the fans or break any contracts. Get over yourselves. If you want to keep a star in any business you had better keep him happy.

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#27 May 14, 2011
Marco CZen wrote:
Their personal lives should be commented upon. if they have done something illegal ( mom slapping the valet,etc ) then they have to pay.
But as far as basketball is concerned, clevelanders ought to get of the haters bandwagon and move on.
Is your private life a role model for all of us....i dont think so.
<quoted text>
I can now say that I received a message from someone who lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sorry Canal Winchester but that truly rocks.
Cry me a river

Wooster, OH

#28 May 14, 2011
Oh boo-flippin' hoo!

As a long-suffering Indians fan and a former Browns fan I have a message for all major league sports fans: Get over yourselves!

These guys are the best of the best and they will go and play wherever and for whomever will pay them the most and where they think they can win. How many times do you have to be shown that?!

LeBron WAS the Cleveland Cavaliers during his entire tenure, and he probably grew tired of carrying the entire team -- and the region's dreams for a title -- all on his own back.

Those who say he laid down last year are idiots; and those -- like Arcace -- who wallow in self-pity over James' departure need to suck it up, put on their Big Boy pants and get over it!

The only thing that LeBron James owes anyone is to play his best for the team he's currently on. Clearly, he is doing that.
cheesehead

Columbus, OH

#29 May 14, 2011
Lebron is a tool and always will be
Tennessee Jerry

Madisonville, TN

#30 May 14, 2011
This article was so much against LJ the bias showed. LJ gave some of his best years to Cleveland and like most players, dreamed of a championship. He had evey right to take his talents to anywhere that gives him his chance. He beats Boston and doesn't come off like a jerk and the article even finds fault with that. He isn't perfect but does show a consideration for others in need and as far as a NBA player, he has more class than most. We were proud to have him in Cleveland and wish him the best in reaching his dream. GO LJ, GO Miami.
Okiebuck

Owasso, OK

#31 May 14, 2011
Go Thunder! If not this year it will be soon as the Thunder are young, talented and will only get better. D-Wade is on the downhill and the Heat will follow him down; Bosh and Cry Baby Bron Bron can't win w/o D Wade; take that to the bank.
BornAndRaisedCle velander

Boulder, CO

#32 May 14, 2011
Folks, if you aren't from Cleveland, and I mean this nicely, you don't know what the hell you are talking about, and should shut your mouths. Period. There is simply no way that you can understand what LeBron leaving felt like, you have not and never will experience that situation. And you can poo pah this comment all you want, meanwhile millions of Clevelanders will nod their heads in agreement with me. Don't tell us how we should feel, or think you know what we feel, you are incapable of doing so, just like you can't read the mind of any single human being. The whole LeBron situation in Clevleand was unique and unprecedented. The closest analogy I can think of is if John Elway had been been born and raised in Denver, went to CU-Boulder, joined the Broncos, got them to one Superbowl and lost, and then decided to go play for the Dallas Cowboys. And that still isn't the same because Denver has nowhere near the sports misery of Cleveland: no one does.

LeBron is a self-serving pompous jerk. I only root for the Bulls here because I want to see LeBron lose. But I, and all other Clevlelanders, Mr. Arace, will NOT be rooting for them because we like the Bulls. In fact, we STILL can't stand Carlos Boozer, and really hate Joaquim Noah, who trashed the entire city (but hey, when you have a face like that, what else have you got?).

In summary, if you want to comment, comment on James. Don't comment on Cleveland. It's all good on the Internet, but I have a feeling many of you would be much more reserved in your comments if you were at the corner of Ontario and Euclid.

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#33 May 14, 2011
BornAndRaisedClevelander wrote:
Folks, if you aren't from Cleveland, and I mean this nicely, you don't know what the hell you are talking about, and should shut your mouths. Period. There is simply no way that you can understand what LeBron leaving felt like, you have not and never will experience that situation. And you can poo pah this comment all you want, meanwhile millions of Clevelanders will nod their heads in agreement with me. Don't tell us how we should feel, or think you know what we feel, you are incapable of doing so, just like you can't read the mind of any single human being. The whole LeBron situation in Clevleand was unique and unprecedented. The closest analogy I can think of is if John Elway had been been born and raised in Denver, went to CU-Boulder, joined the Broncos, got them to one Superbowl and lost, and then decided to go play for the Dallas Cowboys. And that still isn't the same because Denver has nowhere near the sports misery of Cleveland: no one does.
LeBron is a self-serving pompous jerk. I only root for the Bulls here because I want to see LeBron lose. But I, and all other Clevlelanders, Mr. Arace, will NOT be rooting for them because we like the Bulls. In fact, we STILL can't stand Carlos Boozer, and really hate Joaquim Noah, who trashed the entire city (but hey, when you have a face like that, what else have you got?).
In summary, if you want to comment, comment on James. Don't comment on Cleveland. It's all good on the Internet, but I have a feeling many of you would be much more reserved in your comments if you were at the corner of Ontario and Euclid.
Said the guy from Boulder, Colorado.

Beautiful!
LeBron is amazing Period

Columbus, OH

#34 May 14, 2011
Why would LeBron need to stay in Ohio? He has a right to move to whatever team he wants. He is exceptionally talented and should not limit himself. I had the pleasure of seeing him play in high school at playoffs in Columbus--he is an amazing talent. Good luck to him wherever he goes.
Cleveland

Columbus, OH

#35 May 14, 2011
John in Worthington wrote:
<quoted text>
How come whenever someone has an alternate opinion about any topic these days, they're a "hater"?
I would rather be called a 'hater' by those who do not know me than be known as a 'licker' by those who do know me.

Lebron can rot. Go bulls....Go Mavs...(and, yes, I "dislike" both of you too)
Clevelanders SMH

Miami, FL

#37 May 14, 2011
BornAndRaisedClevelander wrote:
Folks, if you aren't from Cleveland, and I mean this nicely, you don't know what the hell you are talking about, and should shut your mouths. Period. There is simply no way that you can understand what LeBron leaving felt like, you have not and never will experience that situation. And you can poo pah this comment all you want, meanwhile millions of Clevelanders will nod their heads in agreement with me. Don't tell us how we should feel, or think you know what we feel, you are incapable of doing so, just like you can't read the mind of any single human being. The whole LeBron situation in Clevleand was unique and unprecedented. The closest analogy I can think of is if John Elway had been been born and raised in Denver, went to CU-Boulder, joined the Broncos, got them to one Superbowl and lost, and then decided to go play for the Dallas Cowboys. And that still isn't the same because Denver has nowhere near the sports misery of Cleveland: no one does.
LeBron is a self-serving pompous jerk. I only root for the Bulls here because I want to see LeBron lose. But I, and all other Clevlelanders, Mr. Arace, will NOT be rooting for them because we like the Bulls. In fact, we STILL can't stand Carlos Boozer, and really hate Joaquim Noah, who trashed the entire city (but hey, when you have a face like that, what else have you got?).
In summary, if you want to comment, comment on James. Don't comment on Cleveland. It's all good on the Internet, but I have a feeling many of you would be much more reserved in your comments if you were at the corner of Ontario and Euclid.
Translated to non-Clevelander speak:

Waaaaahhhhhhh, waaaaaaaahhhhh. I gave away my favorite toy and now I want it back. Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.

How it felt?? Who gives a hoot how it felt. LeBron did what he felt was right and how it felt to you is personal and not his affair. Buncha stinking whiners.
Go Blue

West Palm Beach, FL

#38 May 14, 2011
cheesehead wrote:
Lebron is a tool and always will be
Its probably good for your damaged ego, to say things like that, because you have Ohio State football, to fall back on,...er...wait...Oh, sorry......BTW, you know. anyplace in Columbus, a brother can get a deal on a car?....lol.....
Mike

Columbus, OH

#39 May 14, 2011
punkazz wrote:
<quoted text>I agree! If this was some white hockey player leaving a team after 7 years, it would have been considered a great career move. The city would have given him a wonderful send off and thanked him for his years of "service". Cleveland wanted James to be their cash cow.
Oooooo....the race card. Didn't see that one coming.

/sarcasm
Thats funny

United States

#40 May 14, 2011
If your dreams rest in the hands of a man, then you deserve to be let down. And yes Boston did it with trades. AFTER THE TANKED A SEASON.
qqq

Columbus, OH

#41 May 14, 2011
Haters gonna Hate, hahahha

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