Mon Aug 09 02:30pm EDT
A lot of people are upset with LeBron James(notes). Just off the top of my curly head — Dan Gilbert, the entirety of Cleveland, Charles Barkley, the doctor who gave me a physical two weeks ago, my dentist, Michael Jordan, my best friend who collapsed and said "I no longer recognize the NBA as a valid institution" when LeBron announced he was taking his talents to South Beach, and a whole lot of other people. Leaving the Cavaliers for the Heat was a pretty polarizing move, with more people tending to lean towards the "that's stupid" pole.
But there was one thing we could all agree on when LeBron made his choice — Miami is a way better city than Cleveland. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous weather, tons of nightlife, an abundance of wife-beaters, Will Smith appearances — you name it, Miami's got it. There was no debating that spending six years in Miami would be more enjoyable than being in Cleveland. No offense to Cleveland, a city I've been to and enjoyed quite a bit, but Miami is one of those dream destinations Robin Leach is always talking about.
Apparently LeBron's long-term girlfriend, Savanna Brinson, didn't get the Miami memo because she wasn't too happy about heading to Florida. From a recent Harper's Bazaar profile on the mother of LeBron's two children:
"Personally, Miami was not my favorite place. Vacationing there is great: You go for three days and get some sun, and it's time to go home," she explains. But the weather helped win her over. "When they told me it doesn't get any colder than 50 degrees, that sold me. We get below-zero weather in Cleveland. ... I can't wait to have a sunny Christmas," she says. "It will definitely be an adjustment, but we'll make it. We're not complaining."
Yes, I think they will make it fine. Sure, a sunny Christmas would be a weird adjustment, but I'd bet having 364 other sunny days a year will make up for that oddity. I can't imagine that it's very often that people move from Ohio to Florida then regret it due to the weather.
That being said, leaving home is hard, which is why Brinson will be splitting her time between South Beach and Akron, where LeBron still has fans despite what billboards will tell you. However, just like LeBron, his girlfriend also underestimated how his choice would affect Cavalier fans.
Fans outside of the Sunshine State were left heartbroken and seething. He and Brinson were roundly booed in New York City recently while walking into the wedding of Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony(notes) and former MTV VJ La La Vazquez. At home, a few Cleveland Cavaliers diehards set fire to the player's No. 23 jersey. Not exactly the cordial send-off they were expecting. "You have fans and you think they're going to roll with you no matter what, and then they burn your jersey? It's unfair," Brinson says. "But they did it. It's over."
Watching "The Decision," it was obvious that LeBron was uncomfortable when he was shown images of his jersey being burned, and Brinson's comments pretty much confirm that. It seems like he thought that everyone loved him just for being LeBron, and that he didn't consider that being a part of a team meant anything to his fans. That's probably why he kept repeating the stuff about his "true fans" and that his family wouldn't burn down the Cavaliers organization. It was weird then, but it kind of makes sense now.
Maybe we'll all be like Savanna Brinson — confused and disappointed at first, but then accepting. Or maybe not, since we don't get the benefit of great weather year round. You win again, LeBron James. You always do.