A Vocabulary Lesson in Honor of LeBron James' Defeat

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Together at last, Wade and James crashed.
Maverick (noun): An independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.

Cavalier (noun): A gentleman trained in arms and horsemanship.

Hubris (noun): Exaggerated pride or self-confidence, e.g. LeBron James.

Not to belabor the point, but last night's loss for the Heat proved one more thing. South Floridians learned what it feels like to be Clevelanders. To climb to the brink of victory, full of pride and hope and impossible yearnings, only to have glory snatched away at the last minute. LeBron James brought such heartbreaking disappointment to his hometown for years. Then he jetted off to Miami to win a championship and played the same sad song again.

Having moved from Cleveland to South Florida, I've wavered -- quite publicly -- in my allegiance to the Cavaliers and the Heat. But last night, there was no question. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have displayed such arrogance and ridiculous theatrics in the last few games, they got exactly what they deserved. Most of the country cheered as they lost. Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki -- the real hero of the night -- walked quietly off the court before the game ended. How's that for humility?

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Samuelmiltonborger
Samuelmiltonborger

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LISA RAB: Proof that one has to know nothing about sports/sports personalities, in order to publish pointless articles related to sports/sports personalities; obtaining "bright" ideas that are based on "news" other publications print,  which usually is more nonsense ultimately adding to bad journalism.

Here's an idea, Lisa: go sift through your boxes of Barbies, Kens and My Little Pony's, and dig your Cabbage Patch Kid out. Maybe he'd like to here this malarky; your embarressing yourself, and the industry, with your name anywhere close to the word "sports."

unowhooo
unowhooo

...Well atleast Lisa did not blame Eric Spoelstra  This Miami team  had a"" FANTASTIC SEASON""  ....Lebron and Wade will mature  and dominate next year.. But  seriously some Clevelanders and Miami fans need a bitch slapping!!!

Misty Jean Moore
Misty Jean Moore

The Mavericks are the team with a player, Jason Terry, who prances down the court imitating a jet after he scores a basket. Yet it is the Heat players who are considered arrogant.

The Mavericks are the team with the owner who sits behind the bench and attempts to bully the officials. Yet it is the Heat which is considered evil.

The Mavericks have a guard, Jason Kidd, who pleaded guilty to a domestic-abuse charge after assaulting his wife. They have another guard, DeShawn Stevenson, whose career has been marked by legal issues. Yet the Heat players are considered bad guys? Okay.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Lisa, please tell us more about how two weeks ago when they played great against Chicago you decided you liked this team and then last night when they lost the championship you realized you didn't like them. That is just the type of sportwriting we need in this city so that people can realize our fans don't all suck. Unbelievable how people are bashing this team one day after they lost a tough series in the finals.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Lisa:

You are an excellent writer, but I think you may be venturing out of your area of expertise. (Which is precisely what I do on a regular basis)  First and foremost, without Lebron James, the Cavaliers would never have attained the level of success that they attained during his tenure. The Cavs had even less of a support staff than the Heat had this year. If you look at the collapse of that organization this season, coupled with a look back at their more successful seasons, it is clear that Lebron literally carried that franchise and that entire city on his back. There is no guarantee of a championship in any sport and at any level, and no one player could have beaten the San Antonio Spurs in their prime. (Duncan, Manu, Tony Parker, etc:)

Now, I will admit that Lebron--like many young athletes--has alot of maturing to do. However, the Cleveland fans have been acting like complete asses for the entire season. I mean seriously, even the owner is still acting like a jilted lover, a woman scorned. There is nothing in the constitution--or the NBA rules-- that states that Lebron was required to spend his entire career in any one particular city, especially....a pause while I wretch...Cleveland.

And yes, LBJ did perform poorly in the finals, primarily because he and the entire Heat offense were never able to decipher the zone defense of Dallas, which led to the turnovers and forced shots. He deserves criticism for the way he played in the finals, but let's not forget that if it weren't for Lebron carrying the team against Boston and Chicago, the Heat would likely have been exposed sooner as an incomplete team, which is precisely what they were this year, an incomplete team that overachieved. (Due in great part to Lebron's incredible performance against the Celts and Bulls)

Don't jump off the bandwagon quite yet, my dear, because I promise you that when Pat Riley makes his moves this summer, and when we start the season with a healthy Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller, the Heat are going to dominate the Eastern Conference and be right back in the championship hunt. And once again, while Lebron and Wade may have acted foolishly when they were mocking Dirk, it wasn't the end of the world.

Finally, Lebron lives a clean life--as I am told--works very hard and keeps his body in excellent shape, evidenced by the herculean minutes he played throughout the playoffs. The criticism of Lebron has been fair at times, but the demonization of him has been palpably petulant and vindictive. In the end, the Heat have an incredibly bright future and I predict that they will win 2 titles within the next 5 seasons. Just like Dirk finally disproved his own army of detractors--many from the Dallas media--Lebron will disprove his armada of naysayers, contrarians and detractors.

And you can take that to the bank. (FDIC approved only)

Matt
Matt

Hit it right on the head. Glad someone from the area finally woke and smelled the coffee. Lebron is a joke and always will be. Keep him. Us Clevelanders don't want that loser anymore.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Lisa, you and Jorge Casuso at your sister paper should get together and come up with some really awful stuff about the Heat. I would love to read more of the two of you blasting the most exciting and fun thing that has happened in South Florida sports for a long time. Ooh, and maybe you can rejoice in Hanley struggling at the plate this season too!

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com...

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Completely unnecessary. So now DWade is on your shit-list too? Because he has never done anything for this city. Glad you got everything you wanted Lisa Rab.

SammyB
SammyB

Fat Hand, Like D-Wade says, "I know what the definition of a badwagoner is,.. Haters are all over." It is not about winning and losing all the time. Real fans STICK, fairweatherers, like Lisa, should keep their hobbies within some form of subject matter, such nonsensical attempts at analyzing, do not butcher.

Lisa: Go get your My Little Pony out, seriously, your foolish sports critiquing is painful!

Mike Dukes
Mike Dukes

welcome to south florida.. where you ride in and out on a bandwagon.

GOSC
GOSC

Perhaps you're right - I'm not a LeBrick hater, not really - but I did hate "The Decision" and his antics in leaving Cleveland and through this year.  Up till then, I'd always thought he did and said the right things.  But now that he's made this bed, he's a great target for ridicule and deservedly so.  But don't ever count rings or championships until they're actually in hand.  That makes you just as big a blowhard as the 3-Amigos!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I agree that "The Decision" followed by "The Pre-Celebration" was lame. And I am not counting championships, just giving my prediction. Incidentally, ask anyone who reads this blog. I am a blowhard exclusive of any counting of rings.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Lisa: I heard from a credible source that Lebron would often walk out on checks in Cleveland and would stiff waiters and leave no tip?

Is that true, because that is indefensible and speaks volumes about his character more so than anything I have heard.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

And also DWade got exactly what he deserved.

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

Thanks for your reasoned, gentlemanly arguments, Virgil.They are a rarity in sports forums. I agree: LeBron is an incredibly talented athlete, who did (mostly) conduct himself honorably until The Decision fiasco.

However, he also made it seem like he had to leave Cleveland because the Cavs were so worthless, he'd never win a championship with them. In some ways, he was right; he often had to carry that team.

But this year he surrounded himself with some of the best players in the league, and he still didn't win. That's where I think a good dose of humility is in order. Even the most talented people, surrounded by a talented team, can't always get what they want. Sometimes they lose to people who have worked harder and longer to achieve the same goal.

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