I’m usually pretty upbeat and happy to lead off my WWW, but I’m not having a lot of fun this week. It’s my own fault for caring about sports and I’m not anywhere as emotionally invested as I have been in the past, but as an observer I’m still feeling the pressure of the waiting game. This waiting feels like a job at this point.
As we continue to wait for LeBron, is it safe to start the blame game for why things have gotten this crazy?
Is it the media’s fault? They’re the ones who keep sourcing reports and indicating percentage chances that LeBron is coming to the Cavaliers. They’re the ones who keep pushing deadlines on us based on information. They’re the ones who have reported about calls to the Bath police about ramped up security at LeBron’s home. Are the media to blame? I’d say so.
Is it LeBron’s crew’s fault? You have to assume that these people around LeBron who are well-connected in Northeast Ohio where they also grew up are many of the sources for the media. They’re the ones who likely know about travel schedules and phone calls to police. They’re the ones who are integrated into the system because of LRMR and Nike and Rich Paul and everyone else. Is it their fault? Probably.
Is it LeBron’s fault? I’ve read a lot of opinions that LeBron has no fault here because he’s kept quiet. As opposed to “The Decision” and that parade of teams into Cleveland for pitch meetings he’s been engaged in a personal process to figure out what’s best for him. While that’s all well and good, he’s not immune to the league calendar guiding free agency. Despite the fact that anyone can understand a personal reflection and soul searching, when the rest of the league is waiting for the first gigantic domino to fall, it’s hard not to blame LeBron James himself. It’s a league with a fluid salary cap and rules regarding transactions and player movement. Nothing that LeBron does is in some vacuum. So is LeBron James to blame? Yeah.
See? It’s everyone’s fault, to some extent. Unfortunately or fortunately for LeBron, he’s the only one who can end it. With great power comes great responsibility. Ultimately, there’s nobody else to look to to end this embargo. So blame the media. Blame LeBron’s crew. Blame anyone else you want as well. The fact that we’re sitting here on Friday with no new information is the responsibility of one man and one man only.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got this week for WWW. Sorry to be so brief. I’m just so worn out. I will say though, before LeBron took over the sports universe (in the middle of the World Cup mind you) I had a really great podcast with Matt Moore from Hardwood Paroxysm. He’s had a history as a somewhat divisive person in Cleveland because he’s free with his opinions. It was a really cool conversation talking about what he does and his process. So if you’re a fan or even if you’ve been mad at Matt before I think it’s a really great listen.
Finally, my musical selection for the week. Big thanks to Andrew for highlighting my album, but I won’t self-promote here again. Instead, I’m going to go with something really big and popular that got me excited this week. I love the new song “Chandelier” by Sia. We got into a long conversation on Twitter about whether it’s a good song or not. Kirk and Andrew were far less enthused by the song than I was, but I think I have to stick with my thoughts on this one. I love the mix of vocal effects and auto-tune with the absolute rawness during the choruses. I’m not a giant fan of overly effected vocals, but to contrast them with that rawness really is a cool production choice, I think. Plus, I will always love Sia because her song “Breathe Me” was used to absolute perfection in the final minutes of the series Six Feet Under.