The one thing about Lebron James is … once again he has done as good enough job as any of exposing the absurdity of professional sports.
Skip back to this one… oh, time 2:50 … “let the world know the Heat are back, and then… hm… 3:30 … “win champions” “not one” etc onto “not seven“.
At the time of the Great schadenfreude after the Heat lost to the Mavericks in the finals, my thought was… “yeah, wait a year”, and quietly putting the number of titles the Lebron James lead Heat would win at … two. Which is what ended up happening. The most amusing item out of the whole debacle came … The Stupidity.
John Kasich, Governor of the state of Ohio, took the unusual step of honoring a team with no geographical ties to his jurisdiction. On Monday, one day after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, Kasich’s office released a press release noting that the governor had issued a resolution that declared that the Mavericks, their friends, family and fans are now officially “Honorary Ohioans.”
And Lebron James’s rejoinder at Cleveland Cavaliers fans celebrating the Heat’s defeat… as I recall … on getting back to the real world and their lives and all those problems with their lives… oh, in other words: “I’m rich; you’re not.” He has a point, if we skip it over to “I’m playing; you’re watching”.
Skipping ahead to the second Finals defeat, and the … surreality of Game one where… the air conditioning in San Antonio went on the fritz, the heat proved unbearable, and Lebron James sat down at the end of the game as the Spurs exploded for a huge run against the Lebron James less game. All very ironic given that James plays for a team called the “Heat” who had a motto emblazoned on t-shirts declaring “White Hot Heat”. (As someone said, “You would never see Jordan do that!”)
Now we see Lebron James… er… returning to Cleveland, after stating he was permanently enthrall to Miami and committed to winning eight championships… and … reaction from politicos in Florida.
Skip on to Ohio, and… this is Kasich‘s terse response.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for his Republican opponent, Gov. John Kasich, saw economic benefits in James’ decision, too. “It’s been a week of great news for Cleveland, and it is, of course, great to see Ohio create yet another job,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said.
Now James is talking up his love of Ohio, and… yes, it’s entertainment, folks. You tell the crowd in front of you they’re the Greatest, even if you told a crowd in a different city that they’re the greatest and not — oh boy that crowd in that other city.