It’s amazing to me how big of a story it is that LeBron James has been resting the last few games. This morning Mike and Mike talked about it for a couple hours. We’ve already heard from Stan Van Gundy and idiots with MVP ballots. Now it seems we will be subjected to this debate until the first round gets underway this weekend.
The argument is that fans are being ripped off because they purchased tickets to see LeBron James play and he is not playing. If he was injured there would be no flap of course, but because he is resting and capable of playing it is some sort of crime against humanity. Now, I’m all for getting your money’s worth when you go to a game. Like most everyone else I don’t have lots of loose cash laying around to throw away. I do realize that when you buy a ticket for a game you are never guaranteed to see any one player. That’s kind of the nature of sports. Especially at the end of a season.
Think about it like this- the NBA season is 82 games long. LeBron sitting the final 4 games of the regular season is the mathematical equivalent of Peyton Manning sitting down after the first two drives of the Colts’ 16th game. The Colts found themselves taking heat for Manning and company sitting out the final 2 regular season games, and only because the perfect season was in play. That would be like LeBron sitting out the last 10 games.
The funniest part of this whole mess to me is that the voices you hear complaining about it aren’t coming from Cleveland. Cavalier fans are perfectly fine with him sitting if that is what the team feels is best. You will read more about whether James and whomever sits will be sharp when they come back to play, as opposed to the organization cheated my family by sitting the superstar. So if the fan base in question gets the bigger picture goals of the team, can we get a moratorium on using us as pawns in this debate? If Mike and Mike want to argue whether LeBron should get a game check that’s their decision. But leave the fans out of it. We are a little more intelligent than to sue the Cavaliers because we thought that LeBron would be playing the last game of the season and so we bought tickets.
It is strange to have such a polarizing figure in Cleveland. We’ve been on the other end of the spectrum for so long. It certainly is easy to lob hate grenades at the Yankees as an organization, or at Alex Rodriguez as an individual. It seems strange now that we’re in the middle of seeing these attacks on ‘our guy’. Hopefully we’ll be defending attacks on LeBron James for years and years to come. It’s a lot more fun on this side of the battle.
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