I don’t know if you heard or not, but tonight was LeBron James’ first game back in Cleveland since taking his talents to South Beach. I think there was some mention of it in the media, once or twice—I was told that it was kind of a big deal.
Could have used a bit more coverage if you ask me.
As to be expected, the Heat prevailed over the outclassed Cavaliers 118-90, thanks in large part to LeBron and his 38 points. Give credit to Cleveland, both the team and the fans—considering the emotion of what was taking place inside Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs were able to keep the game somewhat close for the first quarter before the Heat went on a 16-0 run to pull away, and the fans, for the most part, were well behaved, save for a few skirmishes in the crowd, and one battery tossed near the Heat bench.
Yep, Cleveland kept it (mostly) classy.
Oh yeah, and there was that other incident, late in the second quarter, when James decided to engage the Cleveland bench in what I can only assume was some witty banter. This didn’t sit well with assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, who became the voice for the entire Cavaliers fanbase when he told LeBron to “shut the f–k up.”
Yeah, pretty sure they’ll be erecting a statue in Mosley’s honor by the weekend.
But will they ever dedicate one to LeBron James? Probably not, especially after Cavs fans hear one of the answers he gave Craig Sager during a post-game interview.
From the always classy Larry Brown Sports…
Sager: You can’t go back with your decision but do you regret how it ended, would you like to apologize for the way it ended?
James: I don’t want to apologize. My intention was not to hurt anyone, my intention was solely on kids during the whole process. I always say the decisions I make I live with them. There’s always ways that you can correct them, or ways that you can do them better, but at the end of the day I live with them. I’m satisfied and I’m happy right now.
I guess Elton John was right, sorry does seem to be the hardest word…especially for LeBron James.
[H/T to LBS]