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Old 05-20-2010, 08:06 PM   #141
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Default Re: Lebron James Amazing

The Night the Cleveland Cavaliers Quit on Themselves

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Nothing like the morning after for a Cleveland fan. Haven't had a drink since 1994 and yet the back of my head feels like it got whacked with a sap.

Shaq? Who knows how he feels. After the game he said all the right things — that he enjoyed his season with the Cavs, that he'd like to come back, and that he'd done everything they'd asked him to do. What else can he say? His contract ran out with the game clock last night, and while he'll likely land a roster spot somewhere — he can still man the low post with force and agility — he'll never sniff another long-term, big-money contract.

To his vast credit, the Dun Dada was one of very few Cavs to go down fighting against the Celtics. Most of the team — and this goes double for LeBron James — quit. They quit on their coach, quit on their fans, quit on each other, and quit on themselves. By the end of last night's game, they didn't even bother to pretend to care. Rather than risk a miracle, they stopped trying. They refused to foul and simply let the clock run out. Shaq by then was anchored to the bench with five fouls, his face utterly impassive.

Watching Cleveland teams lose isn't merely second nature to me; it's every bit as defining a part of my experience of life as breathing air or jerking off. But I honestly can't recall another case of a Cleveland team devoid of heart, guts, and soul under pressure. Give Boston credit, not only for playing a fine series but also for imposing their collective will on the Cavs. But nobody robbed the Cleveland Cavaliers of pride and courage except the Cleveland Cavaliers. They disgraced themselves, betrayed a city, and gave up.

By the way, I hereby rescind the offer to wager on LeBron's free agency. I'm pretty sure he's gone; if so, good riddance. And I'm also pretty sure that I won't live long enough to see another Cleveland team win a title; it's more likely that in five-to-ten years, the Browns will be the only major league team still playing in Cleveland. But I'll always have that ****** stub — clutched forever in my cold, dead hands.

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