Too much fan frenzy?

My little brother is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. One day a while back, he wrote to tell us he saw LeBron James at a Subway in line in front of him and his companion. My sweet little brother said he was so nervous all he could think to say was, “Hi!” Later, he wrote, “I should have given him a pass-along card!”
My little brother played basketball growing up, and LeBron was one of his favorite players. But things have turned ugly in Ohio ever since LeBron made the announcement he was leaving the Cavs and going to play with friends Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the Miami Heat.
LeBron James said in his hour-long interview for ESPN:
“This is an unbelievable venture for myself … One thing I didn’t want to do was make an emotional decision. I wanted to do what was best for Lebron James and make him happy … This is a business and I had seven great years in Cleveland and hopefully the fans will understand, but maybe they won’t.”
I don’t think they did.
My brother recently wrote:
“… everyone here has been burning jerseys and they even put up a sign; like a legitimate sign under the “Welcome to Akron Home of LeBron James” to “Welcome to Akron We Hate LeBron James.”
I was one of the millions who flipped to “The Decision” a few weeks back to see where LeBron decided to go.
I like watching basketball but don’t really follow other teams too closely besides our own Utah Jazz. So, this whole media hype seemed a little, shall we say, over the top in my opinion. But equally as silly are the people who are actually becoming violent and hateful because of this “decision.”
I get that LeBron was a huge reason — if not THE reason — the Cavaliers were as successful as they were and that without him, the whole chemistry of the team, and the economy of the state will suffer.
I also get that LeBron was a free agent. He didn’t leave in the middle of his contract. He wanted that NBA championship for his home team more than anyone. It just didn’t work out that way. Can you blame him for wanting something more now that, after seven years, he’s been given a chance?
LeBron is said to have taken a pay cut to play for the Heat, although it’s really just trading some fortune for some more fame. Small change for a championship. C’mon, let’s be real. When you’re talking millions and millions of dollars he’ll still be making,”The King” taking a pay cut for the NBA isn’t quite the same as Phil the florist taking a pay cut down the street.
Listening to people talk about how “unfair” it is that LeBron chose a team with two other superstars has made me a little curious as to why that would be “unfair.” To them or to us? They obviously don’t have a problem with it, and whether it becomes a case of too many cooks in the kitchen spoiling the broth, well, we’ll all just have to wait until this fall.
Do you think LeBron’s decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers was wrong? Has this whole media frenzy spun out of control? Why do you think LeBron’s decision has caused so much anger in people?

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