In a move about as anti-climatic as is gets, LeBron (through his agent) has said that he will re-up with the Cavs when he can do so on July 12. For some reason this takes a full week to consider, even though he’s known what his options would be all year long. That’s besides the point.
All week long, Clevelanders were subject to reminders of the many times we have been stabbed in the back, or had our hearts broken by our athletes. You know the list: Manny, Thome, Boozer, and The Guy Who Sold His Soul to the Devil. Anyway, so we all revert to our insecure ways and start believing that LeBron could pull the same crap. Then, then day comes and Lebron finally agrees to sign.
Hooray for us right? Of Course Not! Apparently, Brian Windhorst is reporting that Lebron isn’t going to sign the max contract, but instead a version of the max deal that gives him an out after 3 years so that he can extort our city for more money when there is a new CBA in place. Effing perfect. Now we have just subjected ourselves to three more seasons of talk about Lebron bolting as soon as he can go out and make a ton of money, excersize the “secret” clause in his Nike contract that pays him double in big city’s, and basically end basketball in Cleveland once and for all.
I don’t know what to think. I guess we’ll know a lot more after he actually signs his deal, but it’s just one more reminder of how insecure we have become as sports fans in Cleveland when we can’t even celebrate the signing of the best athlete in Cleveland since Jim Brown. I would like to believe LeBron–that he really likes playing in Cleveland, he wants to bring us a championship, wouldn’t want to play elsewhere, etc…But i’ve also wanted to believe Thome who said almost those exact words. Or the previous Browns ownership who made such quotes as “I would never leave Cleveland, Cleveland is my home”, and “If the Browns don’t win the Super Bowl in 3 years I’ll sell the Browns and get out of football”.
So, I guess in the meantime, we’ll just continue to hope LeKing can bring us a championship before
he bolts town and wins the Super Bowl for the Ravens, leads MLB in HR while playing for the White Sox, verbally commits and then signs with another team (Jazz), Moves the Cavs to Baltimore he does it for another city. All the while looking for signs, like him wearing a Yankees hat, that he is leaving. Speaking of which, why is posing for the Heisman? Does that mean something?