James’ interviews were not especially revealing, but I thought one quote he offered was pretty interesting. He was asked about sharing the spotlight with Dwayne Wade, and he basically said he did not think there would need to be “sharing.” He thought instead there were little spotlights for all of them. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but it didn’t sound all that promising to me. There probably are not enough spotlights for all of them. Dwayne Wade is Miami. LeBron is coming to town in the role of A-Rod to Wade’s Jeter. He may be better. They may love the way he plays. But it’s Dwayne Wade’s team and his town.
But, his apparent lack of feeling for his old city … that I don’t understand. He just seemed utterly unfeeling about it all from the start. He mouthed a few words of thanks to the City of Cleveland, which he said with all the emotion that baseball announcers use when reading airport parking advertisements. When asked how he thought Cleveland would react to him, he mostly shrugged and said his friends would stick with him. He simply did not seem aware that he had broken the heart of a city that always feels just one heartbreak away from collapse.
I didn't watch the LeBron special, but I wish I had if only to have seen the "little spotlights" quote. That comment is pure delusion, and has got to be the opening quote in the documentary about the disaster that the 2011-2015 Miami Heat will inevitably become.
Two flashlights is too many on one team. A-rod had to be publicly humiliated by steroids (and poor performance) before he accepted the role of second banana, allowing the Yankees to win a title. The heat will have four flashlights (or "little spotlights") - Bosh, Wade, James and of course Pat Riley, who may be more of an egomaniac than other three combined. This won't work.
Police surround the downtown mural of LeBron, via yatta
Joe Posnanski is a great blogger, his style allows him to publish the same or similar versions of a story on his blog, the si.com site, and in print. When Adriana says "I just read the Posnanski piece" I have to ask "which one?" In the time it's taken to attentively read and consider a column of his, a second one is already up. At a time when more and more of the sports coverage I follow is shorter and more data driven, Posnanski is getting deeper into the heart of stories, I can't think of a comparable sportswriter working today. I understand that it's cruel to ask a Cleveland native to consider sports heartbreak further, but I would like nothing more than to read a book from Posnanski about this current generation of Cleveland sports teams - all of them were in the running for a title and fell short.