(I'm filling in for Hotch this week, he's away for the weekend)
On Thursday LeBron James returns to the city he played in as a youth, the city that placed him on a pedestal and it's where an enormous ego was born. This return visit has been hyped for months since his departure to South Beach to play on a super team that has barely played .500 ball and no doubt will get spanked again tonight in Dallas. I love this shit, I really do, nothing says he's a douche bag more than taking off to another city to win it all and not being able to put together a two game winning streak, and so far so good. At the very least we won't have to endure any talking heads hyping him and the Heat taking a run at the Bulls 72 win season, they're 4 games away from putting that theory to bed.
What's really got me pissed off is this coddling that's going on for his return to Cleveland. Reports are the NBA and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert will be cracking down on anyone who goes out of their way to call out the prima donna while he's on the court. They'll be removing any signs that go overboard, fans will also be ousted if they get carried away yelling profanities at the one-time hero turned villain. What is it the Cavs are expecting to go this extreme? Is it an assassination attempt? It's only going to be a lot of loud, unruly fans who have been waiting to let this over-rated douche bag have what he's got coming, and rightfully so, you can't deny them this, they've earned it. I'm no Cleveland fan but I certainly understand their anger after funding this cocksucker for 7 years and paying out over $60 million in salary not including his endorsements only for him to quit in the playoffs against Boston then shit on them by going to Miami as a free agent. So what's wrong with a little justice here as a wronged fan?
I really don't think it's going to matter what the NBA and Gilbert do anyway, you can take the signs away but short of banning everyone from the arena James is going to hear it and it won't be like Orlando where he was booed when he touched the ball, I believe he's going to hear it from the time he steps on the court for warm-ups to the final buzzer and in the parking lot and to the hotel. Too frickin bad, he made his bed he can now lie in it.
Final score - Cavs 94, Miami 84; The reason is simple, James has choked under pressure numerous times and he has never experienced the type of pressure he's going to have on Tuesday night. I'm sensing a mystery injury early in the first half. Back spasms or possibly an earache.