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Witness Protection

12/01/2010

Once upon a time, Cleveland’s favorite Son implored an entire city to “witness” his greatness.

Then he left.

The fairytale has long been over in Ohio, but tomorrow, Lebron James will take his talents back to Cleveland.  I can imagine the giddy expectancy of Cavalier fans scorned.  This must be their calm before the storm.  This is the anticipatory build before an inevitable crescendo.  For six months, Cleveland fans have simmered in a stew of anger at The King’s beguiling ways, and now they lay in wait for His Higness to return to his abdicated throne.

Before the season began, Lebron invited “haters” to take their ‘best shot” on his Twitter page.  In what defense attorneys refer to as “entrapment,” he revealed some of the more racially charged messages in order to illustrate a point… “to show sentiments toward athletes” such as him.  Really?  Was he a victim or was he trying to curry favor after his poorly-rated “Decision?”  And to whom does he refer with his “athletes such as him” assertion? Those who feel entitled, but who have no titles?  Men who claim racism all the while embodying the ugly emotion?  The plight of racism in this country may be real, but Lebron’s experience as a the chosen one and a multi-millionaire black man is not the perfect case study.  Cleveland fans (and others nationwide) don’t hate you because you are black.  They hate you because you’re yellow, as in cowardly.  The fact that you invited jabs and then went and tattled to your Twitter universe underscores that.  They don’t like you because you are not likable, despite the best efforts by your Beaverton, Oregon handlers.

When you took your “talents to South Beach,” you forsook an entire city in the process (video evidence).  You mock Charles, but you may just be a role model. South Beach is known for its skinny, sycophantic divas who pout when they don’t get their way.

Lebron is like a bitter divorcée who thinks she can do better.  Now that she’s single, she’s on the prowl looking for a better man but is finding out grass isn’t always greener in South Beach… it’s just sand.

For the season, his scoring is down, from second in the league to 10th.  His assists and rebounds are the lowest of his carrer; however, he leads the league in one category: Turnovers, and not the Pillsbury variety that Charles Barkley so covets.

Tomorrow, James is meeting up with his ex, and it will be awkward, deliciously so.  James says he “expects an emotional return.”  For his sake, let’s hope the Cleveland faithful don’t emote with bottles, rotten fruit and other projectiles.  If so, he may need “Witness” protection.

In any case, it ought to be a riot, though I hope not literally. Tune in tomorrow night on TNT at 5 p.m. PT, on your PC here to find out.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenelyn Russo permalink
    12/02/2010 9:18 am

    I think the word “epic” is often overused in the social media world. But for this event, it’s appropriate, no?

    I read a tweet earlier today that I thought was well said–“Tonight, we are all Cavaliers.”

    • 12/02/2010 11:19 am

      There will be more eyes on this than his “Decision” to be sure.

      Nice Tweet… wish I would have thought of that.

  2. 12/04/2010 1:23 am

    Lebron had a pretty good game, and more importantly, actually seemed pretty honest in his post-game presser. I hate it when athletes just spew company lines. I know they kind of have to, but Bron Bron was “keepin’ it real” for once.

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