Remember us? Cleveland? You know us right...that team, that city, you walked away from back in good ole 2010, leaving our NBA franchise out to dry.
Well we seem to be doing OK now, not playoffs OK, but up-and-coming OK, then maybe .500 basketball OK next year, then probably playoff basketball OK in two years and.....and then....
that leaves us, well right around the 2014 mark.
The year where, you sir, can opt out of your contract with your current team, the Miami Heat.
Sure things are great there, went to the championship game last year, deep in the playoffs so far this season. Paces giving you quite a run and quite a scare right now though? Without the 3rd of the Big Three Chris Bosh out (who knew??), you guys seem to be faltering a bit coming down the stretch. No worries. I know you'll probably pull this game out tonight and head to the Eastern Conference Finals...
...but maybe not.
You know reports came out a little ways back about your camp, and yourself, not being entirely happy with your new Miami home. Something about the management not being to forthcoming with a lot of the treatment you received here, you're real home state of Ohio.
You know I know we made a big stink, me included, about you ditching town, throwing the economy of downtown Cleveland into one of those steaming, off-putting sewers that fill the streets. You know, embarrassed us on national television, no heads up, no warning, just a sneaky, "don't want my wife to know I'm coming back home at 4am" kind of way.
No big deal.
I thought to myself today, "Self, it's been over two years. Sure you'll remember that day when Mr. James left for the rest of your life. You'll remember where you were (my mom and step dads house), where you were sitting (on the couch in their smaller living room), and what you were doing (eating dinner with the extended family). But we have to least forgive, right?"
"Self, maybe it's time to put it all in the past. He' a grown man, I'm sure there are plenty of people in this town who may have done the same thing. Well, maybe not quite the same thing. But you get the gist of what I'm saying right?"
Wait...confusing myself if I'm still talking to myself or at myself...
Let us get back to it.
Right now, at this very moment, you are preparing to battle the Indiana Pacers, looking for a second straight trip, with your new team, to the Eastern Conference Finals. Maybe you get there. Maybe you get to the Championship...
Maybe....just maybe....you win the whole thing.
But as I pointed out before, before last game, you guys seem to be struggling without the presence of the Predator at the 4 spot. You know maybe you come up short tonight...then in game 7. Or maybe you take the series tonight, go on to face your bitter nemesis the Boston Celtics...