LeBron's Loyalty: It's Better Than You Think

Ivan GressleyContributor IJuly 9, 2010

GREENWICH, CT - JULY 08:  LeBron James speaks at the LeBron James announcement of his future NBA plans at the Boys & Girls Club of America on July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut. James announced during a live broadcast on ESPN that he will play for the Miami Heat next season.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Estabrook Group)
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Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans are hurt. They are upset. They feel betrayed.

LeBron James said that winning was the most important aspect in his decision to leave the Cavs. Having three superstars in Miami gives him the best chance to win a championship.

The question is, will Cavs’ fans prove to be worse than James for leaving Cleveland? If the Cavs produce a losing team this upcoming season, will the fans still fill Quicken Loans Arena to capacity?


The response from Cavs’ fans will be, “I want to see a winner.”

These are the same Cavs’ fans that are burning the No. 23 James jersey in the streets, claiming that James betrayed the team after providing the Cavs with seven great seasons.

The NBA is a business.

Like any American who wants to better himself, James decided he wanted to win championships like past NBA greats.

James gave his all to Cleveland while under contract, but his best wasn’t enough to bring a championship to his home state. His loyalty is being questioned, but why?

James left Cleveland to create the best opportunity to win, which each fan covets.

When the Cavs post a losing record next season, it is safe to say that Cavs’ fans loyalty will be shown with empty seats.

Will loyalty keep you in an inferior job position?

There is always an exception, but the majority of people will take the new opportunity, call their family with the exciting news and embrace all of the new possibilities.

James gave seven years of his life and made the same decision every person would make in a normal job position. Yet the harsh criticism still comes, even from Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert.

It is easy to despise James for his decision.

It is hypocritical to think that he is being selfish to accept a better opportunity when we would all do the same in our respective fields.