No one need ever, ever, ever again compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan.
With James' decision to leave Cleveland to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, basically that was his request.
James may have made the move to put himself in the best position to win, but in the deepest regions of your imagination can you envision Jordan making a move like this?
Forget that King stuff as well. Kings don't follow, they lead.
Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert's comments about James quitting in Games 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals against Boston truly don't sum up the abandonment of the 25-year-old.
James quit on Cleveland - on Akron- and on Ohio.
It's not like the Cavaliers were a terrible team and an organization that didn't make moves to try and provide a supporting cast for James.
No doubt Gilbert's open checkbook the past few years was at least part of the genesis of his post-James departure rant.
What we don't know now are the conversations James and Gilbert have had.
We do know if there have been covers for James' actions and behavior over the years, Gilbert has been the man with the huge umbrella.
So for him to go off like a spurned lover is a bit ridiculous.
Gilbert verbally busted out the windows on James' Bentley and his Range Rover. The owner tried to spit in James' face.
And there is more. I say there is no way we've heard the last from Gilbert, either directly out of his mouth or dropped Watergate style.
It also has to be a must that Commissioner David Stern comes down historically hard upon Gilbert.
No owner ever has been more disrespectful and venomous as was Gilbert with comments regarding a player.
Now, Gilbert has heard stances and requests from James of which neither the public nor the media are privy.
However, it's difficult to imagine it won't be long before the curtain is pulled back.
It still seems imaginable Gilbert burned a No. 23 jersey or two himself last night. Gilbert might retire the jersey when the Heat comes to Cleveland for the first time.
Gilbert made a larger fool of himself than any fan could achieve by 'personally guaranteeing the Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled former 'King' wins one.'
What, is Gilbert have James assassinated on the NBA Finals court during a game? Is Gilbert going to go Tonya Harding on the 'former King?'
I sure wish I hadn't misplaced former Cleveland coach Mike Brown's number because it would have been great to hear his reaction shortly following the announcement.
Moreover, for James to say, winning a championship in Cleveland wouldn't be sweeter than winning one in Miami, may have been the biggest snub possible.
The kid's ego was so evident when he spoke about how 'He' had brought so much to the franchise and 'He' had taken the organization places it had never before been.
Last I checked, James had a myriad of teammates supporting the efforts. Yet, only once do I recall him referring to teammates while mentioning achievements.
No matter what moves the Heat makes before the 2010-11 season begins, they will have to deal with Boston, Orlando, Atlanta and Chicago just to get out of the Eastern Conference.
And James certified, he'll either be hated or loved. Middle ground has been eradicated.