I am a Cleveland defector (straight out of Miami…) as I posted here before the onset of this past regular season with my reasoning and heart, and in any case a true LeBron~LOVER~♥!! Now a Kyrie Irving~LOVER~♥!! And during this past season I’ve grown into a true Cleveland (entire) roster~LOVER~♥ =)!! Growing up I’ve always gravitated towards basketball…well watching and not so much playing xD as being barely over 5 ft. with a known tendency to “always” go right doesn’t make much for success on the court =P. It’s rather the game’s fast pace (college should really adopt the 24 second clock!), the constant scoring, monster dunks!!, monster blocks!!, steals, picks and the always evolving strategies which go into it all that have me in love with witnessing this game.
Growing up my elder sibling had Michael Jordan leading me to accept that it’d be ‘uncool’ if I were to also liken to the same player so I’d root for the Phoenix Suns because well their style of play was dynamic and exciting and also well….I just liked their logo a lot =D! And now I ‘have’ LeBron while my af0rementiond sibling doesn’t really have a liking for the King, that putting it lightly! LeBron without a stellar cast of teammates did take Cleveland to their very first Finals appearance during his first time with the team but then came the decision =O…and the haters including Cleveland fans themselves. True that in hindsight the decision to have The Decision wasn’t the best of ideas not to mention the staging of the Big Three which likened in itself to a rock concert of sorts albeit with the former ESPN was eating and hyping it all up and I think there was even some charity tie in going on there so it did have a good cause and effect in that sense anyway.
And yet the harsh criticism seems never ending of a man whom has really carried himself with a true sense of maturing and really just being a genuinely great person and don’t even get me started with all of the Jordan comparisons which inevitably pop up seemingly every other week or so with every single LeBron accomplishment to do with the history of the game only igniting the comparisons further. Truth be told I was like two years old when Jordan began his career in Chicago but into my teens I did witness his undeniable greatness and as a whole his career does validate being the greatest of all time without question in my mind. The thing is is that LeBron is still writing his legacy in this current era of the game and until he hangs up his sneakers for good the comparisons are premature to converse and argue on I think.
And then after four consecutive Finals appearances with Miami came his letter or rather a message written for SI where he addressed EVERYTHING really as he explained and reasoned with his desire to return to his home in Cleveland with deep hindsight into the past included, really nothing held back. Articulate, thoughtful and heartfelt….a most meaningful and likewise moving read with his closing message stressing how this new endeavor with his second residence with the Cavaliers standing as the most difficult he’d be facing and how it’d be a process with the only guarantee being that his mind and heart were now truly back home.
19~20. That was Cleveland’s record about a quarter of the way through this past regular season with many questioning how this was going to work and if it even was a possibility to yield any signs of optimism or success in the months to follow. LeBron took an extended leave of absence from playing to heal up and recharge. The team’s general manager rethinking and reinventing his roster with the KEY arrivals of J.R. Smith…a man who was seen just last season untying an opponents shoe laces during free throws while with the Knicks, now a revitalized player whom shoots with no fear, stretches the floor and actually appears to shoot even better with an opponent in his face…now a true wingman and competitor. KEY also was the arrival of Iman Shumpert whom also was traded away by the Knicks….a fierce defender and sharpshooter whom also brings an intensity which had been missing…and overall hustle player. KEY too was the arrival of Timofey Mozgov whom actually was coached by Cavalier’s Head Coach David Blatt when they were both part of the Russian basketball team. The team needed a true BIG MAN (center) and Mozgov has fit the team like a glove since his arrival…blocking shots, rebounding, playing the pick and roll all the while being quite the solid shooter and YES he can make his free throws…something notably which has plagued many a BIG MEN of the game throughout the years for some reason or another!
Team gels. Captures the second seed in the East. Makes an amazing run through the playoffs sweeping Boston, defeating a highly regarded Bulls team 4 games to 2 and then sweeping the #1 seeded Hawks in dominating fashion closing with an incredible 30 point blowout!
The REASON. LeBron James. He’s phenomenally unique with his ability to play and guard all five positions, often called a point~forward when handling the ball up court. He took Cleveland to the Finals back during the 2006~2007 season and when he left they became the worst team in the league. He went to Miami. Miami goes to four straight Finals consecutively winning two championships. LeBron returns to Cleveland. Cleveland makes their second Finals appearance in franchise history with this season in particular perhaps being his grandest achievement yet with the notable loss of power forward Kevin Love during the first round versus Boston =( from what I can only describe as being a total non basketball play where it resembled WWE rather and also the injuries to all star point guard Kyrie Irving whom has even missed multiple games due to both tendonitis in his knee and a right foot sprain and since the Boston series Irving really has been playing on one leg so to speak which has totally diminished his cross~over driving game =(. So even with This Big THREE becoming the Big ONE in LeBron James, the King continues to make everyone around him better…now equaling a trip to the NBA Finals. It’s LeBron’s greatest ability and asset, his leadership and undeniable ability to make the players around him greater. And of course let’s not forget his formidable size and incredible athleticism for a man of that formidable size!!
For I am mb and I am a LeBron~LOVER~♥,
..in fact I’m heading to a LLA meeting right now….
..and one final thought regarding that whole “The Decision” program just in case you still haven’t gotten over it yet.
You do remember “that time” when Acchan~♥ held her very own one-hour “Decision” special hosted by Paul Rudd right??
~The (other) Decision~
And we still LOVE Acchan don’t we ^^!