Phewwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I can breathe again!
Even Bibberz here!
No excuses, Bibberz. Dirk must rise or go home.
Um, yes, dear, I know.
No, it's not. The story of game 1 was the defense. Miami defended very well and kept the game at their pace. Then the big 3 (James, Wayne, and Bosch) took over in the last minutes of the 4th quarter. I can't wait to see how Dallas responds in game 2.
It's "Wade" and "Bosh," actually.
I'm loyal, Maria. I've loved Lebron James since he came out of high school to play for the Cavs. I believe he was unjustly treated when he decided to leave Cleveland to go to Miami for less money but with a chance to win a championship. I don't think Cleveland would have given a 2nd thought if they needed to get rid of him in order to win a championship. I thought the whole suspense and the Decision broadcast was unnecessary and cheesy though.
Cleveland bent over backwards to accommodate King James' every request. They signed (and re-signed) free agents he liked, they built the Cleveland practice facility exactly where he wanted it to be built, and they always offered him as much money as they possibly could under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. LeBron James grew up 40 minutes from Cleveland, and he was only too happy to play the Hometown Hero angle.
Cleveland hasn't won a "Big Four" professional title in nearly fifty years. LeBron promised for years
to finally bring them another one. This is what he said a mere 11 months before The Decision:
"I got a goal, and it's a huge goal, and that's to bring an NBA championship here to Cleveland," James said. "And I won't stop until I get it."
He always billed himself as Cleveland's messiah and savior:
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd then he fucking dumps Cleveland on national television--something for which he has never apologized.
Congratulations on being loyal to a guy like Lebron, though. I only wish he had 1/100 of your loyalty.
And don't think for one moment that LeBron James is taking less money in Miami. It makes for a good story, but it's not true. He's saving over $25,000,000 in taxes alone because Florida--unlike Ohio and many other states--does not tax income, and he has many more lucrative opportunities to market himself there.
He's the greatest player in the league by far, and I agree with Scottie Pippen when he said that LeBron may go down as the greatest ever. He's that gifted. But he'll always be a jackass in my book for the way
(not the fact) that he left Cleveland, and I won't ever root for him to win in the playoffs unless he's playing the Lakers.