After watching Thursday night’s highly discussed game between the Heat and Cavs, and reading some of the subsequent articles and comments that have been posted on the Web, I felt compelled to weigh in with a couple of thoughts of my own.
For starters, it was clear in this game, that the Cleveland fans executed a pre-meditated assault on Lebron James. From the money spent on shirts, with messages like “LeBum” and the “Lying King,” to the chants of “Akron, hates you,” the scene closely mirrored that of a disturbed ex-boyfriend waiting in the bushes for his ex-girlfriend (who dumped him for someone else) to come home from work.
I could not help but feel very heart heavy as I listened to the comments and watched as fans got ejected from the game for throwing things.
It is clear that many Cleveland fans are still hurt and my only question is: When is it time to move on?
I have heard some say they are upset about his decision to leave, some say that it is not that he left, but rather how he left, and others say they are still upset because he has not apologized for hurting the fans.
Just as the example with an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend being scorned and feeling the least the person can do is apologize, there comes a point where they have to understand that this may never happen.
If the apology does not come, does that mean Cleveland fans will continue these fits of rage for eternity? It is definitely time to move past this.
I was also disappointed with some of Charles Barkley’s comments, one of which was that the Cavaliers’ players were insulting the fans by speaking to Lebron James. My issue with this is no one knows what was actually said except those guys, and even if they were joking around with one another, the fans should probably take a note and move on as well. If anything, the players know Lebron a million times better than the fans do.
At the end of the game when Lebron was being interviewed by Craig Sager, he commented that he had great years in Cleveland and has respect for the city and the fans. He also commented that he did not intentionally hurt anyone and that he lives with the decisions that he has made.
He is right. He made a decision for himself and he will see that decision through. While the City of Cleveland may currently feel like a scorned lover, at some point the healing process must begin and they will need to look to the future.
I wonder if Dr. Phil can help with this one………..