Is there anyone to blame for what happened yesterday? I am not talking about what Donnie Walsh or the organization could have done better, I am talking about historical perspective. For years, all we here about from the media is championships are the only thing that define a player. It is the reason players like Dan Marino, Charles Barkley and our own Patrick Ewing, have that hanging over their head "Well they never won a championship".
The media likes to use this as a way to judge players, player x had great stats but what did he ever win. Player x is not a "winner", yet what defines a "winner". Charles Barkley was good friends with Michael Jordan, I'm sure the thought crossed his mind to join his buddy and become part of the legacy Jordan was creating. Ewing, for all the faults we had with him, never took a night off and played his butt off for all the years he was here. Dan Marino was the most prolific passer in league history on some very sub par teams.
All these players had something in common, they tried to win on their own terms. Dan Marino played his whole career with Miami, Charles Barkley left to try and win with the suns, but he was the guy on that team - he was the leader. Ewing gave us everything as the leader of the Knicks and took one of the most storied teams in history (Jordan's Bulls) to their limit whenever they played them. They all tried, and failed but failed on their own terms.They did not leave their teams high and dry when the going got tough (Barkley if you remember was traded for 3 players the sixers thought could make them better)
Lebron could not be the guy and win a title in Cleveland. He could not overcome. Lebron left a 61 win team a team that was favored to win the Eastern Conference and could not get them out of the 2nd round. But that does not make him any less "great" than the other players I mentioned. He tried like they did and failed to do it his way. The difference is he decided to leave the Cavs high and dry with nothing in his prime. Will this tarnish his legacy, will his rings in Miami make people forget - I do not think the fans of the league will forget.
Getting back to the media for a second, the same media who are the first to say player x has never won anything are now saying how horrible it is LeBron and gang have teamed in Miami. That is hypocrisy folks, you cannot tell players a measure of their greatness is championships then get on a guy when he does what Lebron did. If the media is going to hang "he never won a title" over Marino, Ewing, Barkley and countless others they then cannot get on a guy for trying to win. Is he going about it the wrong way? he sure is.
Greatness is making everyone around you better. Lebron did that in Cleveland. Look at that roster they won 61 games with him?! They will be lucky to win 30 this year without him. Yet he leaves a situation to appease the media, to get that "championship" monkey off his back. Instead of doing things his way and trying again to win under a good coach in Byron Scott (who is a big time upgrade for the Cavs), he leaves to form some super team in Miami. He has now become the most hated player in the league (anywhere but Miami) and he left his hometown team out to dry.
Yes, Lebron may win some titles but I will take the superstar who perseveres through adversity and is loyal over a Lebron type any day even if they don't have any titles.