Routing for LeBron to Lose
I haven’t had much interest in the NBA playoffs this year since my team is not involved. Personally, I believe the NBA playoffs are way too long and drawn out. This year in general, I have had a lack of interest after the lockout and shortened season. However, the past few days, my interest has been peaked again. It’s not so much that I am cheering for a team, but more that I am cheering against one player. It’s probably not hard to guess that player is LeBron James.
Yes, I am a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. I live fifteen minutes from Akron, where LeBron comes from. I watched him play in high school, and even saw him at my high school shooting around with friends. Parts of his posse even used to live in my hometown. However, after his betrayal, I have great distain for him. I find myself routing against him, so he doesn’t win a championship. Just like I was a Dallas Mavericks fan in the finals last year, I have found myself routing for the Celtics and now the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anyone can win as long as it’s not LeBron and the Miami Heat.
It’s not that I think LeBron is a terrible player. As much as I can no longer stand him, I believe he is an incredible talent. Simply look at the numbers he puts up. While he has had a history of struggling late in a game or closing out a series, his performance in game six against the Celtics showed otherwise. He can completely dominate a game in all aspects. He is a freak athlete. His physical attributes and natural talent are unlike most others. He does have superior talents and abilities. However, that can’t keep me from routing against him.
The real question should be if I should care. Is it healthy to have such animosity towards a player? Part of me says that it has been two years, and we, as Cleveland fans, should simply forget about it. We can’t let one player continue to cause us such pain. On the other hand, he promised to win a championship for the city of Cleveland. He claimed how happy he was. The city embraced him and gave him anything he wanted.
Maybe this is all just part of sports. We seem to develop such a stubborn attitude about certain things when it comes to sports. We seem to pick certain players or teams that we just can’t stand to see win. Many people hate the Yankees just for being the Yankees. However, sports aren’t even real life. We get far too involved in them and let them dictate our emotions. Sports are really just a release and form of entertainment to distract us from the real issues of life.
So really, if sports are to help us relax and get away, we shouldn’t let players, like LeBron, get to us so badly. We shouldn’t get so upset and worked up the events that take place in the world of sports and act like it’s traumatic. Yes, that is a whole lot easier said than done. So with that being said, go Thunder.