Friday, December 3, 2010
I like basketball. You wouldn't know it to look at me now, but I actually played varsity for my High School. One of the great things about now being in Utah is that the NBA games come on two hours earlier, so I get to watch a lot more than I used to when I lived on the East Coast. It's definitely good times. :)
Tonight hubby and I were watching the Heat/Cavaliers game, and I have to admit I have not been a huge Heat fan. I pretty much root against them just because there has been so much hype about how great they are going to be this year with their big three... LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
However, tonight I found myself actually rooting for this team! Why you may ask? Well to be completely honest, I was pretty irritated and disgusted by the Cavalier fans and their treatment of LeBron James. I get it... they are mad at him for leaving when he became a free agent, and fine, boo him when he comes out. But to chant "a-hole" over and over was pretty crass. Add to that the fact that there were posters and tee-shirts all over the place that disparaged, belittled and made fun of him and I actually felt really bad for the dude. I just wanted to tell those fans... Really? GET OVER IT! I understand that you feel you have gotten a bad wrap in the sports world, but LeBron gave you 7 good years and put your team on the map as far as I am concerned. Be thankful and move on. I have never seen such a bunch of haters in my life. Sad times. :(
Consequently, I have never been so happy to see a team get dominated than I was tonight. I frequently root for the underdogs unless it is my fav team playing, but tonight I was happy to see LeBron score 38 points, (even sitting out the whole fourth quarter), and his team crushed the Cav's 118-90. Miami literally played their best game of their season, finally pulling it together after looking pretty mediocre this year.
Of course, I am not a Miami Heat fan now, and I will still root against them in the future I am sure, but I was impressed that despite the fans treating him like crap, LeBron took the higher road in his post-game interview and when given the opportunity to give a message to the fans, he just simply said "7 great years. Loved every part, loved every moment. From the growth when I was an 18 year old kid to a 25 year old man... and we tried our best... as a team we tried our best to bring a championship to the city and, you know, just tried to play hard every night... I have the utmost respect for this franchise and the utmost respect for these fans..."
Of course, his game tonight spoke for itself. You go LeBron. :)
Posted by *~Petra~* at 10:00 AM