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We just Witnessed one heck of an ego by James

I've had a few days now to take in all the hype and hysteria over LeBron James' decision to play basketball  for the Miami Heat.

Like nearly everyone else -- unless you are a Miami Heat fan -- I was disgusted with the whole process.

A one-hour show on ESPN? Having potential suitors visit him? Spare me.

Three things really stood out during the past two weeks: James is a narcissist, James can't win by himself and James doesn't like Cleveland.

The first doesn't need much explanation.

The second? Well, it was pretty evident James couldn't win by himself when he begged the Cleveland Cavaliers to get him better players.

He made a mad dash to win a title. It doesn't always work that way. Karl Malone and Gary Payton tried to take the easy way out and win a title with the L.A. Lakers in 2004. They lost easily to the Detroit Pistons in the finals.

If something similar happens in Miami, James is a failure. If he does win a title, James accomplishes that with the help of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James can't win in either case, just like he couldn't win on court in Cleveland.

Which brings me to James' dislike for the city.

He made it known he was from Akron, not Cleveland. Akron was his hometown. When he won the MVP award, he accepted it in Akron, not in Cleveland.

When he was spotted at Jacobs Field, he had a Yankees cap on. He made no secret of being a Cowboys fan, which shouldn't sit well with Browns fans.

Until last week, the city of Cleveland overlooked that.

Then James dissed Cleveland -- just like Art Modell.

If James cared a bit about the Cavs or Cleveland, he would have given the organization a hint, a heads up or something so it could begin a post-LeBron era.

Instead, everyone was shocked.

I was more shocked by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. His tirade will go down in history as one of the greatest by an owner. You don't get an owner speaking from his heart like that anymore.

It was outlandish. It also was refreshing.

It made me a Cavs fan.

I wish the Nuttings would show one-tenth of a percentage of passion for the Pirates like Gilbert has shown for the Cavs.

Everyone now knows Gilbert cares about winning.

The same can't be said for the Nuttings.


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