If what you are saying is true, nancy, then Russ can’t be right. Russ said, ” It is a rare thing when a fortunate son stays home and accomplishes greatness….He threw the towel in and set up a stacked team to aquire championships.” Leaving us with the impression that Lebron owed it to Cleveland to stay. Which is not right. You even give us an example where another player also left for another team to win a championship.
The people he named were not from anywhere near the cities they played in. Jordan was from NC, Byrd was from IN. They weren’t playing in their hometown. And a few of the people he mention, including Jordan, played on multiple teams in their careers. They didn’t stay on one team, either.
As I said, I didn’t like the TV special and the media hype, but he’s not the one who got unprofessional – that task was taken by the Cleveland owner – Who had every right to feel that way, but shouldn’t have expressed most of what he wrote in his letter to the Cleveland fans.
Making matters worse, was Jesse Jackson, who showed his irrelevance to sports and politics once more by basically implying that a white NBA team owner is akin to a slave owner. nice.
But, I digress. Yes, the made-for-TV special was indeed over the top. But really, we need to blame the media for turning the whole “decision” into a three-ring-circus. Was there anyone who didn’t know where he was going before watching that “special?”
But, my main point is that professional sports team owners, NBA, NFL, etc. get rid of players all the time, sometimes in the middle of the season without announcement. When that happens its reported that the owner made a business move. LeBron makes a move at the end of the season, as a free agent, after his contract is fulfilled, and he’s called disloyal. That’s hypocritical.