I was watching the Cavs play the Washington Wizards, and began thinking about that ‘rivalry’. The best of the recent playoff series against Washington was no doubt in 2006, when the Cavaliers got into the playoffs for the first time in the LeBron era. Cleveland won that series four games to two, but the final two wins went to overtime.
The starting line-ups for Saturday night’s game were Gee, Parker, Thompson, Harangody and Sloan for the Cavs, and Singleton, Vesely, Seraphin, Crawford and Wall for the Wiazards.
Not exactly the names that roll of the tongue when you think of the Cavs/Wizards clashes. For either side. So that got me thinking about the LBJ era teams, and then eventually to James himself.
I won’t pretend to know who is going to win the NBA Finals this year, but it seems the Heat will have as good a chance as anyone heading into the tournament. While thinking about that further, I could see LeBron dribbling out a Heat victory and winning the title that eludes us in Cleveland to this day.
Further down the rabbit hole my mind wandered, to the post-game comments by a now 27 year old LeBron James, who says something to the effect of “It’s been a long time coming, but finally Akron has a championship to celebrate.”
Again, please do remember that this is all just a strange semi-conscience rambling of my mind. But it doesn’t seem out of character or context with something that LeBron might actually say, and believe does it?
So that’s where all this has led me to.
I grew up in Akron. Spent the first 24 years of my life there. Most certainly I still consider myself a ‘son of Akron’. And unless I am waaaaaayyyyy off-base, I’m pretty sure a Miami Heat championship with LeBron on the team won’t really be ‘celebrated’ in Akron.
Sure, there will be those still close to James and his family and friends that will celebrate. But I can’t really envision the Target on Arlington road selling a lot of Heat championship t-shirts.
So please LeBron, if the Heat do manage to win the title this year, please keep the celebrating to Miami.