It happened. The announcement was made Thursday at around 9:35 p.m. that Lebron James would be leaving the nest to fly South and play with his friends. The announcement and ESPN hype show that aired took over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers game for a brief moment. PA Announcer John Brown aired the decision to the audience and was greeted by a loud chorus of boos. Not only that, but it happened to be buck night, so some of the booing was vulgar and malicious.
Travis Fryman spent some time in Cleveland as an Indian and although he confessed he does not follow other sports very closely, “the decision” that Lebron made is another black eye to Cleveland. “Although my opinion on the subject doesn’t really mean squat, it disappoints me. I have always admired a player like Alan Trammel who spent his entire career with one organization. Loyalty, to me, means that both sides give up something. The team was willing to pay the guy, but the player should want to give something back to that organization. He certainly gave his best effort while he was here.”
“We are gonna win here, we are gonna lose here, either way, I am a Cleveland player. I like that mentality”, said Fryman. “I felt that way when I was in Detroit until somebody traded me, so then I decided to feel that way about Cleveland. I am sure it was not an easy decision for him.”
Fryman also added, “It’s tough. It’s been tough on Browns, Indians and Cavs fans for the last several years. Cleveland deserves a winner, hopefully sooner than later. It’s been awhile and it seems like Cleveland is chasing the Cubs. It’s a great place to play and there are some great fans there. They deserve a winner too, every now and then.”
Lebron choosing Miami over Cleveland also brings to mind that three stars who like their numbers and their press have to share the ball. One piece of corn, three pigs, you do the math. How cool would it be to see the Cavs, Knicks, or Bulls, knock Miami out of the playoffs?