LeBron James‘ 38-point performance Thursday night in Cleveland was the kind of game that Cavaliers fans can appreciate. Problem is, he doesn’t play for them anymore.
James made his return to Cleveland on Thursday night, for the first time as a member of the Miami Heat. Flanked by stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the game wasn’t even close. I found myself continuing to watch only because I wanted to see what James had to say after a game in which he was booed every time he touched the ball, had his name announced, etc.
But the two words I thought James could say to TNT’s Craig Sager that could make things all better were never said. You know. That two-word phrase you say when you wish you would have done something a little different, even if the end result would have been the same. Married men and women say it all the time, even when deep down they don’t feel they did anything wrong, but to simply diffuse a situation.
He doesn’t have to be sorry for leaving Cleveland. He doesn’t have to be sorry for “The Decision” on ESPN. There’s nothing wrong in this capitalistic society to do what makes sense financially.
But a lot of Cavaliers fans were hurt by him leaving or “The Decision.” And a simple, “I’m sorry my decision hurt them,” would go a long way. But instead, James opted to reiterate that the Miami Heat have a long way to go but he’s happy in South Beach.
It was a predictable ending to what was expected to be an unpredictable night.
Finally, I leave you with this video, which is supposed to be Michael Jordan’s reaction to the James commercial “What Should I Do?” It’s actually not a commercial, but a YouTuber’s handy work.