If this is really the end...
[CLE] Hot Rod Williamswardsac 於
12小時前 * 發表
If this is the end of LeBron in Cleveland, It will hurt to
see him leave again. For a lot of reasons. One is my daughter. She is almost 8
now and started watching in 2016 with me and looks up to LeBron as a player and
a person. She even did a report in her 1st grade class this past winter about
him paying for kids to go to college for a "charity" unit. Having to explain
why her favorite player is leaving again will be hard, but I will do it. And
we'll still be LeBron fans, even though we're Cavs fans.
Another reason is my father. He's in his 60s, his health is
very poor and if LeBron leaves, 2016 will almost assuredly be the only title we
get to see together. That's OK, that was the most fun I've ever had and I am
thankful I was smart enough to leave Cleveland and drive home the morning of
game 7 (we were in town for game 6 and a wedding), and actually winning we both
cried a little bit and couldn't stop laughing. We stayed up until 3am watching
postgame and going over the game and it was so surreal. Dad and I didn't always
get along growing up, but that memory will always be one of the best for us.
If this is it and LeBron is gone, I want to thank him as a
Cleveland fan / Northern Ohio resident. Him leaving for Miami sucked, and it
cracks me up when I hear the “yall burned his jersey you don't get to blah
blah” crap because unless you're from here or somewhere like it you don't fully
get it. ALL of the best parts of our area have left, and been leaving for 60ish
years now. All of the industry, the good jobs, the companies that employed the
shorelines of lake Erie, everything left. We were really truly hurt, and the
basketball part was just a small part of it.
BUT, if he leaves now, I want to thank him for coming back
and giving us some hope. Yeah, we all fully understand how good the Warriors
are. I played in college and coached HS for 15 years so I understand the game a
little bit and respect the hell out of what they are able to do as a team. But
we always believed we had a chance (and still do, Cavs in 7!?) because of
With Bron on your side, anything is possible. 2016 taught us Cleveland
fans, some of us toddlers the last time we won anything, that you don't always
have to be charlie brown missing the football, that good things can happen, and
giving us hope has legitimately changed my outlook on a lot in life. Maybe I
can be a better father. Maybe my girls CAN grow up in a better world. Maybe
working harder than everyone else DOES pay off sometimes. LeBron returning and
giving us one championship is more than he had to do. But giving us that one,
with that story, is something we will all cherish.
This is getting long, sorry, I just wanted to say if this is
the end, thank you LeBron. Even if a news camera finds some bitter asshole
burning a jersey, the vast majority of us will wish you well and will welcome
you back home with open arms whenever you want to come back.
EDIT: Sorry, I'm trying to respond to folks, I woke up this
morning in kind of a weird mood and wanted to try to put this down before
tonight's game. Also I wasn't very clear, I don't condone people acting like
fools and burning Jerseys, I don't know personally anyone who did, but I was
just trying to explain why it hurt so much when he originally left. Fuck the
people who burnt shit and acted like fools (looking at you Comic Sans).
[–]MagicEditingAndLayout 815 指標 11小時前
Another reason is my
father. He's in his 60s, his health is very poor and if LeBron leaves, 2016
will almost assuredly be the only title we get to see together.
My grandpa was my best friend, and he started buying season
tickets for the Orlando Magic when they became a team in 1989. He used to call
me on the phone when I was just a little kid and ask me to games. My mom would
hand me the phone, and of course I always said yes.
I have such great memories of all that time we had together.
The Magic in the early and mid 90s was, well, magical—especially when I was
just a little kid. I got to meet Shaq when I was only ten years old, and I had
no idea humans could be so big.
We watched the Magic get so close to a title. We wanted to
see it happen so bad—my grandpa especially. We never quite got there, but my
grandpa and I kept going to games together. The Magic was one of the most
popular teams in the world (believe it or not). We knew our time would come soon
One day in the summer of 2003, my grandpa asked me if the
Magic had won the title yet. We watched almost every Magic game together up to
this point. I knew something was wrong. Long story short, he had a brain tumor
and was gone before the next season started.
I've been a fan of the Magic ever since those days, and I
want to see the Magic win so bad for my grandpa. I have to be a fan of this
team. I don't have a choice anymore. I still hope it will happen for us one
day, and maybe somehow my grandpa will be watching too.
All that to say, be grateful for that championship run you
got to share with your father. I watched 14 seasons with my grandpa and we
never got to experience that. I've watched 15 seasons without him here, and I'm
still watching—for both of us now.
[–][CLE] Hot Rod
Williamswardsac[S] 229 指標 9小時前
This makes me smile, you get it.
I hope you get one, and when it happens I hope you take a
few minutes and think about him and smile.
[–]InSpeightOfLavar 1070 指標 10小時前
Nice try Tyronn Lue
[–]WHITEBOYHOOPDREAMS 654 指標 12小時前
TLDR: LeBron ruins Ohio families
[–]RocketsAZRockets 132 指標 10小時前
If you don't play for your hometown, you don't care about
[–]calpacker 33 指標 9小時前*
I understand the hurt that comes from a local hometown hero
leaving (again), but to connect that to the downturn in the industrial midwest
seems kind of odd.
Philadelphia re-invented itself, Chicago
re-invented itself, hell, we're even seeing Pittsburgh do it today, too. And
they're not doing it on the back of sports championships.
[–]Cavaliersmybachhurts 80 指標 10小時前
I hope you took more away from this than that. I know you
joke, but if you really read the post, you'd be able to gain some insight on
what it's like to be a NE Ohio sports fan.
LeBron's obviously not ruining families, just like KD didn't
ruin OKC families, but when there's so little to root for, when the community
around you has been broken and left, a figure like LeBron can lift sprits and
give you hope. LeBron's letter was so poignant because he knew what we go
through because he is one of us. So, the fact that such an important figure
like him might leave us, just like all the jobs, all the factories –– it's just
tough to digest. The Q will feel hollow for many years.
Heroes are real, and I would venture to say in NE Ohio and
places like it, hometown heroes are more important, for the sheer fact there's
so few of them. OP mentions his kids, and the fact his kids would cry over
LeBron leaving, and that's a real thing. He would be just another person
leaving the region because the region failed him. But the fact of the matter is
people from around here have so much pride for their area. We're proud of who
we are and where we're from, so it's hard to just up and leave, even if it's
the best decision for us.
And what I respect about OP's message more than anything is
if LeBron leaves, this time it will be different. I can safely speak for the
majority of Cavs fans and say if he leaves we'll respect his decision, and
never forget what he did for the Cavs and NE Ohio. And even if he does leave,
he will still be supporting the community. He's that's great of a person to us.
So, yeah. You meme, you joke, and maybe I'll get downvoted
for this, but I respect the shit out of OP for getting this to the front page,
so all of /r/NBA will realize we love the hell out of this man, and he was more
to us than a basketball player.
He was a hero. He is a hero. He's LeBron James from Akron,
1720 指標 12小時前
I think people are grossly underestimating the emotional
toll it will take on Bron to leave Cleveland again. I'm not saying he won't but
I don't think it will be as easy as the last time.
[–]WarriorsTortadeMilanesa 138 指標 12小時前
The problem is that he has almost no chance of winning
another title if he stays, due to the team's cap situation. Altman would have
to find the next Billy King somewhere to pull off a swindle big enough to
revamp Cleveland's roster and give them a fighting chance against Golden State.
[–]My_2017_account 950 指標 11小時前
I wonder how much his experience with Wade this year will
affect his decision. Wade was miserable in Cleveland and ecstatic to return to
LoveIamthe_Maestro 627 指標 11小時前
I don't think people are talking about this enough.
HaywardLeonardosClone 202 指標 10小時前
But that would mean Bron went somewhere, didn't play well,
and wanted to go back to CLE for his last few years in the league
[–]Ilovecharli 264 指標 10小時前
And it implies Bron is ecstatic in Cleveland playing for Dan
[–]LakersTuneHD 117 指標 10小時前
Why would we? Dwade has only seen success in Miami and isn't
good enough to command the respect he gets in Miami as a legend. LeBron at this
stage in his career will immediately gain the respect from whatever team he
goes to. Completely different situations.
[–]CavaliersFioTheGreat 53 指標 9小時前
This is what people outside of Cleveland don't get about
LeBron. It's different than just some other NBA great leaving. It's watching
one of our own leave. So if it really is the end of LeBron as a Cav for good I
wish him the best for the rest of his career.
-From the 330
MitchellRapidash2112 311 指標 12小時前
Even if he leaves now he's gonna be back in his twilight
years for sure. But knowing him thats still another 10 years away haha
[–]Neemz1844 304 指標 11小時前
6 years from now, when Bronny James Jr is about to be picked
first overall by the Cavs, LeBron will re-join the Cavs and him and Bronny will
Screen shot this.
Dont @ me.
[–]Warriorsprinceslayer 105 指標 10小時前
We all shitpost, get salty on game threads, and the like.
This post is great because it expresses just how much of an influence players
have on communities. Even if LeBron leaves, I believe 100% he will still have a
positive impact in Ohio. Part of me sees Lebron as chief rival to my Warriors,
guy who cost my team the 2016 trophy (Kyrie too). The other part knows that
this is a man who deserves a crazy amount of respect for both how he's impacted
the game and what he does for his home area and young players.
The term GOAT is thrown around a ton here, but it always
relates to stats, rings, whatever. Maybe during F5 season after all the playoff
excess people leave we can get into a lot of the positive aspects of the players
outside the game, guys like Duncan, John Wall, even Serge Ibaka come to mind.
196 指標 12小時前
Tell your daughter he couldn't win with those cats. But seriously I would explain that Cleveland now has a chance to rebuild without their entire
franchise revolving around lebron. Tell her Cleveland has a really good draft
pick this year, and she could follow him for hopefully along time. I've noticed
kids tend to like superstars and rookies, so give her another player and say
“you have the opportunity to watch his whole career.” Hopefully it gets her
excited. It's good to stay a lebron fan I think, but I would definitely try to
keep Cleveland as her number one support
[–]Celticsscarecrowbar 234 指標 12小時前
LeBron should have been in Cleveland for his entire career,
and it's Dan Gibert's fault for being an incompetent, corrupt mess for not
making that happen. LeBron is going to finish as the GOAT or at the very least
Top-3 GOATs and he's only going to have won one title for Cleveland.
Everyone can talk about how cool it is that he "brought
a title to the land" but dude has a legitimate argument over fucking MJ
and he got ONE? He couldn't have given more to the sport, he could not have
been a better player, but Gilbert could never truly give him anything
resembling a squad except when he fell ass-backwards into 3 first overall picks
and still managed to squander that all into a past-his-prime Kevin Love. Any
somewhat competent owner should have been able to put together 4 titles at LEAST
given Gilbert's luck.
Dan Gilbert is and should be regarded as the greatest
villain in Cleveland, and that's not even getting into his shady business
practices that stole a billion dollars from the American public. If I were a
Cleveland fan I'd be calling for his head every day.
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