I consider myself to be a pretty respectful sports fan. Unless you're playing the Bucks/Brewers/Packers, I won't go out of my way to root against you for any reason. Unless you play for the Cubs. Or Bears. Or Bulls. Or any other team not named the Bucks/Brewers/Packers. But beyond that I'm cool with you. But last night as I watched the anointed one, LeBron James, walk off the court about 7 rounds earlier than anyone thought (I think the NBA playoffs are 9 rounds right?) I had to crack a little smile. And by 'crack a little smile' I mean 'laugh diabolically.' Because the video above is a microcosm of what the Cavaliers have been doing for every game, all year long. And I witnessed it first hand at the Bradley Center...(cue flashback music)
December 6th. A Packers bye week Sunday. Cavaliers vs. Bucks at the Bradley Center. I was one of thousands of people in Packers attire confused as to how I ended up at an NBA game on an NFL Sunday, but the Bucks were playing well and I thought I'd check out this LeBron character live. So the Bucks jump out to an early lead, the Bradley Center is rocking and rolling, and in the span of about 5 minutes the Cavs realized who they were playing and flipped the switch. It was a 30 point blowout by halftime. And for the duration of the game every fan in attendance had to watch as LeBron danced DURING THE GAME ON THE FLOOR. With no recourse. Now I knew from highlights on Sportscenter* that this team was notoriously cocky. Probably the cockiest team in the NBA. And I realize that's a pretty close competition between all 30 NBA teams. Sort of like saying Heidi Klum is the 'hottest' of all the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. An argument can be made for any one of them. But that's a different debate for a different day.
The point here is that this team got exactly what was coming to them. They infiltrated every NBA arena all season long, conducted themselves with less class than me at Taco Bell post bar close, and presumed themselves the champs of the NBA. So here we are in May and they don't even make it to the conference finals. BWHAHAHAHAHAHA. Bonus word: funny.
*Sportscenter is going to be insufferable to watch between now and August. LeBron is now a free agent and free agency starts on July 1st. Between that and 'Favre Watch 2010' I'll be amazed if I see more than 3 highlights on that show anymore.
PS: Brett Favre has got to be the person most upset about this development. Who's going to care if he's coming out of retirement if all anyone is talking about will be LeBron's new destination?! The gall!