James unrelenting on, off the court

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.

LeBron James

LeBron James scored 38 points in his return to Cleveland on Thursday. Associated Press photo

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.

“I’m sorry.”

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EalorZaTlI8

Radio today: LeBron and Lee

Ben "Kark the Shark" Karkela and I are back on "Sports Talk" from 1-2 p.m. on 970-AM WDAY radio today.

Plenty to talk about on today’s show. We’ll discuss LeBron James’ decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. AP sports writer Jon Krawczynski will give us his thoughts on last night’s "Decision."

We’ll also discuss the reports that Seattle Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee will be traded to the New York Yankees. Multiple news outlets – Newsday, N.Y. Post and ESPN.com – are all reporting that the Evil Empire will ship prospects to the M’s for Lee.

It’s hard to be surprised anytime the Yankees are involved. But it’s being reported that the Yankees won’t get a negotiating window to discuss an extension with Lee, so this is just a two-month rental – for now – with them too. Obviously, one of the Steinbrenners must have been in the ear of GM Brian Cashman to get this done, because moves like this go against what Cashman has been doing with the Yankees – successfully - the last few years.

Hey, if you want to crown the Yankees, then crown them. Actually, you probably should. There’s no way they don’t win the World Series with Lee, CC Sabathia and that lineup. Also, how did the Cleveland Indians not win with Lee and CC? Not a good day to be in Cleveland today.

To take part in the show, call 293-9000 or (800) 279-9329 or e-mail talk@wday.com

Radio show lineup today

I’m back on "Sports Talk" on 970-AM WDAY radio from 1-2 p.m. today with Forum reporter Kerry Collins.

Today, we’ll be talking about the "big" Twins-Yankees series. Do you think it’s a big series? We’ll try to break it down as best we can.

Also, we plan to discuss the future of LeBron James. Will he stay in Cleveland? 

We’re taking phone calls at 293-9000 or (800) 279-9329 or you can e-mail us at talk@wday.com