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LeBron understands Clevelanders’ anger, “But you have to get over it.”


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.

Winderman: What 29 other teams? League hops on Heat hype express, too.


So exactly how embarrassed is the NBA about the rest of its product?

How uncomfortable is the league with its other 29 teams that after an offseason of decrying the arrogance of the Miami Heat and the team’s Big Three, the league jumps aboard the hype express?

If you haven’t seen yet, TNT announced it is sending its wonderful pregame crew to the Heat’s season-opener next Tuesday in Boston, as well as to the Heat’s Dec. 2 visit to Cleveland.

Yes, the very Charles Barkley who decried the “punk” behavior by the Heat and LeBron James this summer will be there when James & Co. debut.

On the very same night that the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers will also be featured on TNT, receiving their championship rings, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Barkley will be on the opposite coast, focusing on a franchise that has not won a single playoff series since taking the 2006 NBA title.

Then, in December, TNT will be erecting its (we assume bulletproof) pregame set at Quicken Loans Arena for a homecoming that certainly will be anything but a celebration of the game.

How much greater of a punk move can there be than chronicling, in person, the suffering of a basketball populace? (Although we do eagerly await the Dan Gilbert pregame interview.)

There is no doubt that “The Decision” remains a television disaster right up there with “Manimal” and that the Heat’s over-the-top July 9 AmericanAirlines Arena celebration was a turnoff in 29 other NBA markets.

But it wasn’t the Heat that summoned ESPN to spend a week in the Florida Panhandle at a remote Air Force installation.

It wasn’t the Heat that requested the presence of ESPN.com’s “Heat Index” for blow-by-blow details of the upcoming 82 games and beyond.

And we can think of a lot of other people Erik Spoelstra would prefer to run into in Boston and Cleveland than Sir Charles.

David Stern was emphatic during his recent round of Europe media sessions about what he envisions as “our most successful season.”

The Bulls and Knicks are on the rise. The Lakers are the twice and still defending champions. The Magic is a preseason colossus. There are compelling stories from coast to coast, in a season when even the Clippers apparently will matter.

Yet the focus remains singular.

That’s a shame.

And on the latest counts, for once this offseason, you can’t blame the Heat if the NBA chooses to be, well, a non-stop Witness.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade leading by example at Heat camp


Thumbnail image for d-wade-king-james.jpgLeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been “The Man” for years, wherever they have been. Their team. Their show. Lead by example not just words.

We don’t know much of what has gone on so far at Heat training camp, tucked as far away from the media spotlight and prying eyes as the Heat could pull off, but we do know this:

LeBron and Wade are the leaders of the Heat. Look what coach Erik Spoelstra told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“It always starts with the high-profile guys, as you would call them, the leaders of the team, and it trickles down from there,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If they see those guys sweating in practice, really working, quite naturally that’s the human condition, everybody else falls in line.”

LeBron just seems focused and intense, in interviews and from reports of what the media has seen at the end of practice.

“I’m just focused,” James said. “I understand how important this NBA season is for us as a franchise, for me as an individual. So I’m not wasting any time. I’m not going to waste my time or waste this franchise’s time and come in here and not get my work on.”

By the way, if you wonder why Bosh is not considered one of the leaders…

“Getting back in shape isn’t easy,” he said. “You can work out all you want during the summer, but when you play basketball and go through drills and constant movement, it’s different.