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Lebron James Return, Mo Williams Insomnia, and Fan Heartache Reconsidered [SBNation Bay Area]

Over in the bay area, we talk about fan and former teammate reaction to Lebron James the best way we know how: through a breakup. With empathy, we consider the challenges of being a fan or a teammate of Lebron and whether this sadness could ever happen in the sad world of Golden State

I have covered the NBA in various places since 1981. I've covered good teams and bad teams and...

I have covered the NBA in various places since 1981. I've covered good teams and bad teams and expansion teams and championship teams, so I know what I'm talking about here when I say that this Cavs team, right now, is as bad as any of them. It has nothing to do with talent. It has to do with attitude, and these Cavs are feeling sorry for themselves. Hey, it's too bad that LeBron James left and didn't take all of you to South Beach, but the people of Cleveland who remain deserve a better effort than you have been putting out. They got a pretty raw deal, too, you know. This is absolutely pathetic. Byron Scott is right when he says it's got nothing to do with Xs and Os. Antawn Jamison is right when he says nothing has changed in the team's offensive or defensive schemes and that guys have to look themselves in the mirror. The worst part is that Scott said things actually could get worse. He said he wasn't sure if guys had had enough yet. Well, I can tell you from the emails and comments posted on the Plain Dealer stories and blogs, that fans have had enough. It's time to put up, shut up and man up.

When will the Cavaliers look in the mirror? Mary Schmitt Boyer's in-game blog | cleveland.com

LeBron James is not the Green Lantern

Fans tend to view basketball as an emotional investment and not an intellectual exercise. The problem is, this is going to leave you disappointed an awful lot in the amoral world of pro sports. LeBron James is not the Green Lantern -- the fact that he did not win a title in Cleveland does not mean he did not want "it" bad enough or that he is somehow a lesser human being we can hate, demonize and insult. Whoever had that sign making fun of the man's ex-con father who abandoned him as a child ought to be ashamed of himself.

King James Still Reigns Over Cleveland

Over time, James had cushioned Cleveland for his departure. People don’t want to believe it, but the signals were always there. The Cavaliers never did prepare fans for the possibility that he would leave, never did tell them James had stopped helping recruit free agents years ago, that he stopped returning the text messages and calls of Gilbert for weeks until that fateful July day.

"In his heart of hearts, he knows that he'll never play for a city like this ever again," Gibson...

"In his heart of hearts, he knows that he'll never play for a city like this ever again," Gibson said. "The loyalty they showed, the love they showed. He knows that. He may not say that. I know it."

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The Akron life and legacy of LeBron James

Re-posting of an on the ground report, from August, discussing the surprising attitudes expressed by a sampling of the people of Akron, since hometown hero LeBron James left Ohio to sign with the Heat. Included are photos of his 35,000-sqaure-foot mansion and photos of tribute signage to James in his neighborhood and at his alma mater.

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a...

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a high-powered Midwestern law firm to investigate their suspicions that the Miami Heat broke NBA tampering rules while pursuing LeBron James(notes), and owner Dan Gilbert has privately vowed he won’t relent until he has a thick binder of findings to drop on the desk of the NBA commissioner, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Cavaliers probing Heat's signing of James - NBA - Yahoo! SportsI THOUGHT HE MOVED PAST IT AFTER 24 HOURS!

"My advice to LeBron is to take the high road and act professional," said Belle. "I hope the fans...

"My advice to LeBron is to take the high road and act professional," said Belle. "I hope the fans do the same. I don't want them to embarrass themselves on TV. I'd like to see everybody hug and kiss before the game and then the fans can boo the heck out of LeBron during the game."

Albert Belle wants a video tribute, thinks fans should "act professional" before they boo Lebron - the hit list - SB Nation Cleveland

Believeland: A Proud City Forgets "The Player Who Left"

There is a burly, angry man with a Chief Wahoo tattoo on the inside of his left forearm, and he knows I work for ESPN. That makes me the devil. We are standing inside the Cleveland Cavaliers locker room not long after their first game without LeBron James. The guy's name is Scott Raab, and besides being a native Clevelander, he's also one of America's best writers. His current project? A book that is part recount of James' breakup with the town and part meditation on the misery that comes with loving this place and its teams. Except he doesn't call him James. He calls him The Whore of Akron. You obviously see what's coming next.

Cleveland, Don't Turn LeBron Into Sympathetic Victim

They don't trust you, Cleveland. They know you're angry, but they think you're irrational. Deranged. They think you might hurt LeBron James when he returns to town on Thursday, whether physically or emotionally or both. They think you're creepy. Dangerous.
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