LeBron James gets it. He can put himself in their shoes. He understands why the people in his hometown might feel betrayed, why Clevelanders would be angry. Well, a little bit.
But he also says you can’t hold on to the anger forever, as he told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
“If I was a fan and I was on the outside looking in, I could be upset a little bit if one of my favorite players left,” James said. “Or if I felt like he betrayed us or whatever the case may be. But you have to get over it.”
“Sports are very emotional and fans are very emotional,” James said. “At times they really believe you may be related to them you and you sleep in their house. When you do something wrong and you leave their house they can become very emotional. I’ve understood that over the years. But at the same time, you have to understand you have to do what is best yourself.”
It’s a very mature response from James.
Clevelanders may well get over it. Eventually. But certainly not before Dec. 2, when James and the Heat return to Quicken Loans Arena.