LeBron James took his world tour to the set of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. He was promoting the book Shooting Stars. It was a fun interview, and worth watching for a couple reasons. The most important reason is it might remind you that Cleveland’s best team starts training camp in less than a month. (All players must report to camp by Oct. 2, which is media day.)
The second reason to watch is because it is simply enjoyable. My daughter has a number of different types of dolls. Occasionally I see her playing with dolls that are from different sets, and thus a huge size difference is created. Seeing LeBron come out to Jon Stewart’s set reminded me of that. He really different fit at the desk, and absolutely towered over Stewart. It had a high ‘unintentional comedy’ value as Simmons might say. My favorite was when LeBron was talking about God given abilities, and Stewart asked how funny it would be if God had given him the ability to dunk and LeBron was given the ability to be a smart alec.
Since the show is taped in New York, there had to be a question about LeBron’s free agency, but it was handled in a fun way. LeBron gave Swenson’s a big shout out, and if you haven’t ever had the famous Akron hamburgers you are indeed missing out. (I need a galley boy!) He was given an “I Love NY” mug, a bag of Shake Shaq hamburgers (which LeBron turned into a Shaq joke) and a vertebrae from a tyrannosaurus rex. The premise there was New York may not have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they have the Museum of Natural History. Like I said, it was good natured and fun.
(EDIT- wow did I find some bad information. Sorry for the confusion Columbus fans, you will indeed get to see the Cavs take on the Celtics!)
While I was searching for the dates of training camp I came upon the preseason schedule for the Cavaliers. I don’t know if I really didn’t pay attention before or if it was recently released, but the Cavs only play 2 of their 8 games in Ohio. Sorry to say that both of those games are at the Gund as well. Looks like the annual trip to Columbus is off for this year anyway. That’s a shame too. There was a decent crowd last year when the staff here went. The Cavs do play the Lakers twice, both times in California. In between they take on the Clippers. So, that’s three preseason games in California, and two in Ohio. Does that seem right to you? Sounds like a big distraction to me for the Cavs to be in LA for 5 consecutive days during the preseason.
(Photo credit- Stu_Spivack on Flickr. Galley Boy from Swenson’s)