LB James is headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. More like, he’s playing basketball in Northeast Ohio.
James has good reasons NOT to return to Cleveland. He lived in Miami. BSP did a review of The Decision and we talked about life in Miami:
If I had a hundred million dollars and could go anywhere I wanted, I just might pick Miami. Give LB James credit. I would be so horribly out of shape due to adult beverage ingestion, I couldn’t even climb steps much less play basketball. My waking hours would be spent on the beach. I laid out on Miami Beach while we were there. Man, that place is full of smoking hot women. You cannot NOT notice. Life would be good.
Oh, did we mention the letter by Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert.
The difficulty in getting top-tier unrestricted free agents to sign and play there. It’s CLEVELAND, for crying out loud. Two things about that city: They have a top-notch fan base, and it represents every single person out there who continues trying even though they never seem to break through. Cleveland loves its sports, even though ownership there does strange things. Let us not review the Browns latest decisions on a general manager and head football coach; nor the soon-to-be reality of Johnny Manziel as an NFLer (he is not Drew Brees). Cleveland is not small market. Small market is when you have an excellent team and can’t sell out games. For example, Tampa Bay baseball is a small market.
Anyway, James’ departure is a surprise for BSP. We always thought he would return to Miami; mostly because being in the Finals four consecutive years doesn’t happen very often. But his return speaks to something larger than basketball. He really likes it there. If you have a chance to practice what you love, where you love to be, why wouldn’t you?
Miami’s reaction? It is taking it much better than Cleveland did after The Decision.
I know who is sorry; the sports media. Do you really think the media wants to go to Cleveland in June?
There’s other stuff going on in the NBA as a result of LB James Decision 2.0, and we’ll discuss that in a minute.