A quick follow up to the Lebron post from yesterday.
My friend Jeff Haws made the following comment on facebook after seeing the link to my post:
“Been rooting for him since he was in high school, through Cleveland, through “The Decision,” through Miami and now back to Cleveland again. I want to witness Greatness, to be able to talk about how “I was there” when I’m old and gray and the kids of the new day are talking about whoever the new “Greatness” has become. I want to be able to say I was witness for it, first hand.
“Rooting against Greatness just seems to me to be a waste.
“What good does it do to want to deny that of another when it’s so obviously there, not to mention robbing yourself of the experience of watching it happen? Because of a poor PR move on his way out of Cleveland? Because that’s really what it boiled down to. There was nothing wrong with him actually going to Miami. He took less money to play with a championship organization because Cleveland wasn’t ready/able to build one, and he wasn’t prepared to carry one, and he knew it. He made the right decision. But because he did it in a naive and foolish manner, people directed an inordinate amount of vitriol his way, as if everyone was channeling the understandable hurt of Cleveland fans, who had lost their hero. The rest of us didn’t lose a thing. We still got to watch Greatness do what Greatness does, without interruption.
“So I pull for LeBron. I wasn’t a Cavs fan before. I wasn’t a Heat fan, and I’m not a Cavs fan now. The fans who stuck with their team through the hard times deserve that label, not me. I’m a LeBron fan. Or, more specifically, I’m a fan of the Greatness he possesses, and of seeing it manifest itself. It’s such a fleeting thing, and you’ll see it so few times in your life. It’s a life too short, in my opinion, to just handwave that away for the sake of some small measure of schadenfreude. I want to see it, to bask in it, to recognize it when it’s in front of me, and to appreciate it while it’s here because it’ll be gone in what seems like an instant. I am Witness. We all are. You only get so many chances to be, so choose wisely which ones you let slip away.”
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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