LeBron’s Got Questions, Cleveland’s Got Answers
If you’ve seen his latest television special ad, you know that LeBron James is reaching for any support he can regain from those from which he has fallen from grace. The ad, of course, features James in various situations and stages of his career asking what he should do, speaking directly to the fans (and taking a fairly clever shot at the outspoken Charles Barkley). Its point is simple: I can’t please everybody!
However, the ad seems to have given those in Cleveland another reason to lambaste him as they talk about what he should’ve done and how he should’ve done it (like there weren’t enough conversations about this all summer). The people of Cleveland took to viral video to voice their pain, frustration, and anger at LeBron’s Decision…again. This time, however, it was under the direction of a local filmmaker. Check out what they had to say.
I’m not saying I necessarily agree with the message (especially after so much time has passed), but I will say I think it would’ve helped their argument to set the content of the video to Kanye West‘s “Runaway” track for the duration of the short film—it’s fitting in more ways than one.
That said, how much criticism is too much? Does this take things too far? Should Cleveland move on from their hometown hero-turned-heretic? Does it gratify the city in any way to make such videos and launch such criticisms? We all know LeBron should’ve handled things much better than he did, but what is there to be done about it now? Considering the fact the Miami Heat lost to the underdog New Orleans Hornets last night, King James and the crew may have enough problems already.
The answer to LeBron’s “What Should I Do?” at this point is simple: He has to take his lumps in the media and with the fans and play basketball, hoping that in time (but evidently, no time soon), the city of Cleveland will truly forgive him.