More and more often than not I will find myself chortling at all the LeBron James fans labeling themselves as Cleveland Cavaliers fans. They simply are not Cavs fans — they are LeBron fans. I know a few Cavs fans who have perpetuated the idea of being a fan of the team way before even the days of Zydrunas Ilgauskas or DeJuan Wagner. Those are the fans I respect and admire.
LeBron James entered the league as an 18-year-old out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio). Four years into his highly touted and voluptuously anointed NBA career, James and the Cavs (what an overused adage) stepped into the waters of the NBA Finals before being crushed by the San Antonio Spurs in a sweep (4-0).
Now in the 2009 post-season, the Cavaliers are expected to waltz their way into the NBA Finals again, considering the fact that they wielded the best record in the league this season. Several basketball fans (not basketball pundits or analysts, per se) think they’ll do it unscathed, since the Orlando Magic poise the only problem for them in the Eastern Conference. (With the Celtics being bludgeoned by injuries (Pierce’s knees, Leon Powe, Glen Davis), specifically to their star power forward, Kevin Garnett.)
All of a sudden all of these Cavaliers ‘fans’ start stepping out of the shadows. No.
I’m a LeBron James fan. I’ve been a fan of his every since he entered the league. He’s one of my favorite players in the league. That’s the same with a lot of people, yet what’s with the love for the team as a whole, when most of the people cannot even give you a full-blow synopsis of the entire roster? Phony, fickle ninny’s.
I wrote a Boston Celtics blog from 2005 until the end of the 2006 season (culminated in 2007). They won 24 games in 2006 — the second fewest in the league (only trailing by two losses to the Memphis Grizzles). About only five faithful every-day readers read the blog. Following the acquisitions of Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ray Allen from the Seattle Supersonics, viewers skyrocketed and about 100 people started following.
I done away with the blog idea like the way Vince McMahon done away with the XFL (but my creation wasn’t such a failure as his to his own self-deprecation, but that’s a different story). I don’t care how you split it — I hate bandwagoners, fairweather fans or any kind of loopy people who know absolutely nothing about the game who bounce around on different teams like the way whores bounce around on ‘pogo sticks’. (Y’know what I mean, since I’m trying to keep this a little PG.)
I’m more objective these days, not caring who I take pot shots at. But, please, c’mon, get off the snide and quit it with all of the blatant bandwagoning. It’s worse than watching a WWE-made film. It’s surly-tempered ignorance.
But hey, do what you want to do. Allow yourself to appear to everyone just exactly what you are: a foul-thinking fool.