What did LeBron James expect them to say?
When your ex dumps you for a younger, sexier model is the general reaction “I totally get why he/she did that, it’s completely understandable and I wish him/her all the best.”
No. LeBron yelled at Mario Chalmers for four years, did he expect to be sent bouquet when he left? Chris Bosh sacrificed a lot of his game and happily played the third banana in the Heat’s offense, how could anyone be shocked that he’s spreading his wings and chirping a little now?
LeBron, however, apparently didn’t expect this, he told ESPN while in Brazil to take on the Heat in a preseason game.
“I know a lot of words have been coming out of their camp as of late and some of it is surprising,” James said Friday after Cleveland’s practice. “We’ve got so much history together. … It doesn’t take away from what we accomplished [in Miami] and I know that.”
“I’ve talked to D. Wade. Obviously I haven’t talked to Chris. But I haven’t seen them,” James added.
The Heat and Cavs players are not really intermingling down in Rio.
LeBron no doubt will forever look back fondly on his Miami years, or as he described it his going away to college years. Pat Riley and the Heat put the talent around him to win and more than that taught him about what it really takes to be a professional, what it takes to win rings. LeBron may have gone in wanting to recreate his high school team experience in some ways but learned both that those days were gone, and that he needed to do things differently to reach the mountain top. Now he’s bringing all that knowledge back to Cleveland.
Miami — and those players — wouldn’t have a couple rings without LeBron, they will look back fondly someday too. But you can’t expect the forsaken to move on so easily.