The other day Lebron James unfollowed the Cleveland Cavaliers on twitter and it caused twitter to explode. Everybody had their own theories. The Lebron apologists will say it doesn't matter and make 100 excuses for their guy that they'll follow blindly into the fire. While other people will say it is kind of weird for him to do in the middle of the season. I hate Lebron and have never hid that fact. But no matter what your views are of him I don't understand how you can't think this is a big deal.
With the huge platform he has as arguably the best basketball player on the earth (he isn't anymore S/O Steph Curry) I don't buy for a second that he didn't think this would become news. Lebron has 29 million twitter followers and a huge audience outside of social media, everything he does is under a microscope. Obviously one weirdo would notice and make a big deal about it. That weirdo was @kanyecobain. One of the worst twitter handles I've ever seen featuring two of the most overrated musicians of all time.
We all know the past about King James.....
Lebron is from Ohio and famously left his hometown Cavs in 2010 again countless early playoff exits and problems with management. He announced he was taking his talents to South Beach in "The Decision" which was probably the most egomaniacal move an athlete has made this millennium.
In 4 seasons in Miami, Lebron led the Heat to the NBA Finals 4 times, they won twice (2012 & 2013) and lost twice (2011 & 2014).
After losing in the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals James was a free agent and decided to go home and finally give Cleveland a championship, something it hasn't had since Jim Brown's 1964 Browns won the NFL Championship......so long ago it was before the Super Bowl even started.
Last season the Cavs lost to the Warriors in the Finals in 6 games. I hate him but there's no shame in that. The Cavs were without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Plus it was just Steph's year.. that Warriors team was loaded and won 67 games in the regular season.
This year the Cavs have been the #1 team in the Eastern Conference, but the season has still been full of drama. Lebron essentially got their coach David Blatt fired despite being the defending conference champs and in first place at the time. Lebron's relationships with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have been rocky to say the very least. Now it appears Lebron has unfollowed the Cavs on his twitter account.
When asked about unfollowing the Cavs on twitter this is what he had to say about it.
"Next Question" when he had an opportunity to defuse the situation he did nothing.
Lebron has famously gone "Social Media Silent" during playoff runs which has been one potential reason for this move (which could very well could be his explanation) but I think thats unlikely. Just mute them or stay off twitter. Unfollowing in that situation seems like a little bit of overkill to me.
Personally I think that move is a little staged and ridiculous too, like not checking out girls on instagram is gonna somehow make him play better? Lebron just wants everybody to know he's "staying off" social media to make himself look like more of a competitor or whatever personally I think it's stupid and really doesn't matter at all when it comes to his play... But whatever if thats his thing than thats his thing...
BUT if he is getting ready for his no social media during the playoffs charade why is he just joining snapchat now?
Side note really Bron Bron? Joining Snap in 2016? I've had that shit since 2012 bro get with the times once for me. I guess better late than never.......but never late is better.
I just don't think it is that crazy to wonder if he is going to Cleveland again. Its clear there seems to be a lot of issues going on.
What happens after a break up?...... You unfollow your ex on social media.
Could Lebron be getting ready to break up with the Cavs again?
As I said theres been a lot of issues in Cleveland despite the relative success the team has had. Lets not forget that Lebron can opt out of his deal after this season. With his boys in Miami playing well again and his track record of having no loyalty and leaving as soon as there is adversity, (left for Miami after losing to the Celtics in 2010 playoffs with Cavs, left Miami after they lost the finals and his team was starting to look really washed up) I don't think it's THAT crazy to think he could leave Cleveland again.
As stupid as this whole story is that is sports and life in 2016 where social media is a huge deal. Is it unfair? Maybe but that is how it goes now.
As much as I hate Lebron I hope he doesn't leave Cleveland that would be the ultimate coward move (which is somewhat fitting) and I think that would be an awful PR move for him and his camp. Does he have the right to leave? Of course but it is not that simple, not even a little bit. After going back to Cleveland and the whole letter he wrote in Sports Illustrate leaving Cleveland again would be worse than before in 2010.
Winning just 1 title in Cleveland for Lebron would be bigger than 5 anywhere else. With how the Warriors and Spurs look this year it doesn't look like the Cavs would be able to beat either in the Finals. But that is months away. It is sure going to be very interesting to see what happens with all of this in the playoffs and off season.