After watching the Cavs vs. Heat game I can't tell what infuriates me more: LeBron James hitting the game tying 3 and turning to the sideline and taunting the crowd; staring for several seconds, puffing out his chest, taking out his mouthpiece, and staring at the fans some more...or Cleveland fans that are bandwagon Miami Heat/LeBron James fans in the arena tonight.
I watched the game tonight, and even when the Cavs were up 27 (I'm a realist) I kept turning to my friends and saying, "Just watch, the Heat are going to come back and win this game. They're too good and we're too bad (keep in mind we're without our 3 best players)." I was fully expecting the Heat to rally and win. I wasn't upset about that. I won't even get into the terrible refereeing at the end of the game that gave the ball to the Heat on that questionable reviewed call with 5 seconds left in a 1 pont game, that's not the point. I fully expected the Heat to come back and win as the far far superior team. There were only two things that chapped my ass in this game. The first being when James hit the game tying 3 pointer. He stops, turns, faces the crowd, stares.....stares, takes his mouthpiece out, puffs his chest out, stares, stares and stares some more. This asshole has the audacity to blatantly taunt the hell out of the fans that once devoted everything to him, only to watch him rip their hearts out whilst spitting in their face...he goes out of his way to taunt them (being one of the worst teams in the NBA, with their 3 best players hurt...it's not like he just hit a big shot against the Thunder and got caught up in the moment or something. Way to go on the big win, buddy). That was the only time I left my seat on the evening. Not even when he hit the jump shot. Not even after he turned to the crowd. Not even after he stood there for a couple seconds. But after he took his mouthpiece out and continued to stare at and taunt the crowd after several additional seconds. Then I left my seat and expletives began to fly. Beat my team (the same team you crushed/quit on to take a shortcut to a championship), fine. But to turn and taunt us like that??
Then as I watch the replays in the highlights of the whole game I can't help but notice there's more than a handful of people in the arena rocking Cavs jerseys that are cheering every time he scores. Then I start ascending from my seat again. I always considered Cleveland fans to be some of the best and most devoted in the country to their city and to live and die by their city's teams (I'm Cleveland all the way, despite growing up in Columbus)...but this just made me sick. I saw fans wearing Cavs #23 jerseys that were going nuts as the Heat made their comeback throughout the highlights. I couldn't figure out who enraged me more...LeBron for the aforementioned reason...or the fans I saw encouraging him to beat their hometown team, that were so excited to try and high five him going in and out of the tunnel, that were clearly such bandwagon losers that even they had the audacity to pound their chest to the Heat as if it was their team all along...all the while they're wearing a wine and gold #23 uniform. Firstly, at least show up to the game wearing a Miami #6 jersey instead of your old #23 Cavs jersey and second...go jump off a bridge. You deserve to dissolve into a murky death in the Cuyahoga.
This is not about whether or not LeBron James deserves due as the world's greatest player. He was (the world's greatest) when he left the Cavs, and he's an even a greater player now. I watch the guy and shake my head at how good he is every damn day. This is about how big of a d-bag he is vs. how big of a d-bag his bandwagon fans are. After all, where were they before he won his title? There's a lot of talk about him coming back to Cleveland some day. I would never, ever root or clap my hands for him again. If he did come back I would watch and continue to root for Cleveland...but I wouldn't celebrate that asshole for another split second of my life. Kyrie for MVP.
EDIT: This also really isn't about whether or not he was justified in leaving. Whole different argument for a whole different day. But if we as fans are supposed to understand it's just a business for him, he should then understand it's just fandom for us fans. If you want to criticize the few jerkoffs that were caught by the news cameras burning his jersey for taking the low road, then how can you defend and justify LeBron taking the low road and taunting the fans? We didn't all burn his jersey and don't all actively root against him. It's not like he hasn't heard boos in every arena he's been in in the country and if you want to say it's just him being him and being excited, fine...but I don't see other greats taunting the crowd without being labeled as d-bags either (and that's without the history he has). He can plummet himself into the same category as that d-bag Marshall Henderson at Ole Miss and some can defend him to the core as we know that's the fashionable thing to do these days.