Maybe I’m jaded, maybe I’m still unbelievably bitter or it could be I’m just apathetic, but LeBron James’s apology rang hollow to me. This is probably not fair to LeBron, but my initial reaction to hearing him apologize to Cleveland fans was “meh”.
“I couldn’t do it by myself against that team,” James said. “I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew this opportunity was once in a lifetime.”
Quick and bitter reaction:
– You were 2-2 last year against “this team” and then you imploded. You had this opportunity last year.
– There’s still two more rounds, no? This celebration is a bit much.
– This Celtics team is a little bit different than the one in years past. A bit. Older, not as deep… (no Tony Allen or James Posey to hound James, no Perkins do punish inside).
– How far can a two man team go?
– You couldn’t get help in Cleveland? Dan Gilbert was unwilling to add pieces? You could’ve told them to hold on to capspace and not trade for Antawn Jamison.
But at the end of the day, nothing you can do but tip your cap. What can you say? LeBron could never beat the Celtics as a Cavalier. LeBron beat the Celtics as a member of the Heat. End Fin. That’s it. That’s where we are.
We can hem and haw and point out how these aren’t the same Celtics or if Boston doesn’t implode the last play of Game 4, LeBron could be the goat. But that’s not what happened, is it? The Heat won. LeBron played GREAT in Game 5. (Don’t act shocked. There’s a reason we were all super pissed that he left. He’s really really good at basketball).
For us Cavs fans, our only solace is that’s we still have two rounds of playoffs to go. All the teams left pose significant problems; none of them will be a cakewalk for Miami.
But the Heat moved on. LeBron beat the Celtics.
One personal demon down, a few more rounds to go.