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'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:57 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 12:59 pm

CLEVELAND --Ashley Sinegar was downtown at the Harry Buffalo a few hundred yards from Quicken Loans Arena, settled in at the bar, glass in front of her, televisions in every direction. She looked nervous, but hopeful. Anxious, but optimistic. Fidgety, but positive.

And then she cried.

She sat there in public and cried.

"It's Cleveland sports, so we're used to this, but not really," Sinegar said. "We didn't think he would do this to us."

Think again.

LeBron James ended months, if not years, of speculation Thursday night when he announced in a primetime special from a safehaven in Connecticut that he'll spend the 2010-11 season playing for the Miami Heat. I watched the special at a bar in downtown Cleveland. I saw one man get arrested. I saw one girl cry. The emotions ranged from anger to disappointment to depression. It was sad to witness. Even to an admitted cynic, it was sad.

"It's awful," said Billy Kupka, who lives downtown. "They soldout the Q last season. Next season there might be like 5,000 people at the games. I couldn't believe it when he said 'South Beach.'"

That's the way LeBron said it, if you didn't hear. He said "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat." At that moment, many Cleveland fans -- the exact fans who were chanting "L-B-J" minutes earlier --  started cursing televisions. Those who had LeBron jerseys on either turned them inside-out or prepared to trash or burn them. Police gathered around the famous "We are all Witnesses" billboard just to make sure nobody did anything really stupid. The same people who planned to drink deep into the night and celebrate instead moped away sober but numb. As they crossed Prospect Avenue and East 4th Street, Ike Goldstein stood with a wooden cane and Styrofoam cup. He described himself as an "Italian, Jewish and black" man who has lived on the streets of Cleveland for 23 years. He asked for any change anybody could spare.

Naturally, he also had an opinion on LeBron's decision.

"He and Dwyane Wade are like this, " Goldstein said as he crossed two fingers on his right hand. "He had this sh-t planned two years ago."

And yes, Goldstein confirmed, this is bad for the economy of downtown Cleveland.

"Look around. People are mad," he said. "I might not get a nickel from anybody out here."

Some locals sat on the patio and drank across the street at Flannery's Pub until well after midnight, less concerned about where they'd find their next nickle as they were about where they'd find their next Eastern Conference Championship. I'd like to tell you they were optimistic, but they weren't. Mostly, they just seemed resigned to their fate and frustrated. This is a city that's lost a football team and been deflated over and over again, after all. If Cleveland couldn't keep one of its own, what hope is there for the future of Cleveland sports? That's what more than one person asked me. That seemed to be the larger topic of conversation.

Scott Kelly, a Cleveland native, kept it simpler.

"We're f-cked," he said. "What are we supposed to do now?"
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Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:48 pm

Look whos talking

if your name is right your from brooklyn, i dont see the knicks or nets doing s***, and they have the so called CITY

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:43 pm

'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

yeah you say he had no help but everyone the last 2 years said they were the favorites, even vegas, especially after they got jamison, and besides the Prince James is the one that made them do every move they did, he wanted mo, he wanted Z resigned, and he personally wanted jamison over stoudemire , if you was from cleveland you would know these details, he just knows he is a regular season champion, once the nerves get going, he folds!!!!!   And guess what, Kobe and the lake show will still win next year

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:54 pm

Don't worry Cleveland

MeBron loves himself far more than he ever loved you or your city.

King Nothing.


No one went to play with MeBron except a washed up Shaq, but MeBron went to Wade. Wade > MeBron.

LeBron must be African for "follower".

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 6:36 pm

'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

Once again I bring up the opinion that we Cavalier fans thought we were getting the second coming of Michael Jordan with LeBron.  Little did we know that after 7 years, we would finally realize that LeBron isn't Michael, but Scottie Pippen.

How will LeBron handle being the sidekick rather than the Man?  Can LeBron play Scottie to D-Wade's MJ?  Can Bosh settle being Bill Cartwright?  For those of you who remember the genesis of the MJ-led Bulls champions, it wasn't until Scottie matured and the Bulls got enough quality role players - Paxson, Cartwright, Horace, etc. - that the Bulls went from winning 30 games a year to winning O'Brian trophies.  As I recall it took 7-8 years for that to happen.

Cleveland got close, but "Scottie Pippen" didn't arrive in time.  It takes a team to contend for championships.  Who was the main pain in the butt for Boston in the LeQuit series?  Not the Big 3, but Rajon Rondo,  Who expected him to have a career series?

The Cavaliers get to start over - again, but I don't think they will end up like the Pistons have.  i really believe Dan Gilbert won't let that happen.  (I know the Pistons owner died while they were falling from their championships).

Go Cavs!

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:23 pm

'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

Real quick what happens when cuba, excuse me, I mean Miami doesnt win? What happens when Lebitch's boys f up your locker room. What happens when ego get in the way of winning? Dwayne wade need Shaq. With his broken knees and shoulders hopefully Cleveland former Queen gets it done for you. Or you will be on here writing more and more bad comments.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:18 pm

'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

To all of you not from Ohio or Cleveland and Akron please spare us your thoughts of how we should feel. We watch the man quit on us in the Boston Series, then go on National TV and Dis us. What a total Joke of a Man.

To compare, Ohio was not mad when CC or Cliff Lee left to win championships. Do you know why? They left with respectfully. They did not screw the state or the city and did not screw the team for the future. CC even took a full page out in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Thanking the fans of Cleveland telling them they mean more to him and have given him the most he needed to move forward. He when to our rivals the Yankees.

LeBitch decided to make a scene of his move. He also screwed the Cavs in the process as now they are unable to do a sign and trade and will get nothing for him. Lebitch also sold out his "Brand". In Cleveland was the King, the man to take his home to win a championship. That was what made him appealing. That was his biggest asset. Now he is one of Three. Not exclusive or impressive. A boy claiming to be a man. Responsibility, loyalty committment, that is what makes a man, and LeBitch Failed.

I leave you with this thought:

As Alexander Hamilton (and Malcolm X for the point of this argument) once said, "A man who stands for nothing, will fall for anything." Advice someone should of given LeChoke before his decision. Dont expect his drunk mother or those his other degenerates to follow this concept. They all are still wondering "who the hell is Alexander Hamilton?  

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:13 pm

'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

Worst comment ever. You must get walked over in every step of your life.
Kobe will be consider with the likes of Jordan, Bird, Magic, Peyton Mannington, REAL Champions. Real Winners. Winners who won with the hand they were dealt.

As for Cavs not having the talent, You must not watch basketball. Until LeBitch decided to quit in the Boston series we were favored to win the championship. Now our team doesn't change in the offseason and you say we cannot attract talent. What a joke. 


Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 2:58 pm

'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

LOL I never thought I would see the day that King James was more hated than Kobe Bryant...this is great stuff!

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:49 pm

'We didn't think he would do this to us.'

I see a lot of angry fans but just a couple things...
-Lebron on not winning on the Cavs...You guys realize that while he was the "Lord of No Rings" he had no help on the team.   I couldn't tell you the amount of times I saw Lebron getting triple covered on a drive to dish it out to Moe Williams for him to just miss the shot.   That is ridiculous....MJ had his Pippin.   Kobe WAS THE PIPPIN to Shaq for his early championships.   And now he has Gasol to be his wingman.  Lebron has Moe Williams?  
-I respect Lebron for keeping a commitment to winning.   If he wanted to be greatest he knows he can't play with all those stars.  He proved to me last night that he doesn't care about his "legacy" as much as just winning.  I respect that commitment.
-Lebron has given up his chance to compete to be one of the greatest players in the NBA in its history. 

Look I'm a Pistons fan, and I wanted to see Lebron stay.   Because I like players stick with their own team.  
But at the same time you all have to understand his situation.  He wanted to win and the Cavs couldn't give him enough support.
I'm sorry Clevelend fans, but besides Lebron you guys had a pretty c r a p p y team.  Like I said I'm a Pistons fan so I know wha tone looks like.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:41 pm

He owes Cleveland nothing

He gave them 7 years. It didn't happen. Boston was better than Cleveland. That's how it ends. He's free to go where he wants and to who wants him. Everything else out of Cleveland is sour grapes. We just didn't need a primetime special to announce it.

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