As your average run of the mill sports blogger, I don’tÂ ask for much. The accomodations provided by my mother’s basement are more thanÂ adequate. And while I’m still far from my 40th birthday, I see no reason why I wouldn’t enjoy kicking it down here for the next decade plus.
That still doesn’t mean I’m notÂ gratefulÂ for anÂ opportunity toÂ step out the house once in a while though.
So when Nike’s media department offered meÂ a ticket to attend the private screening of More Than a Game at the Akron Civic TheatreÂ this pastÂ Thursday, along withÂ media credentials to cover the Nike Tourstop on Friday, I was more than appreciative.Â Â
Nike’s people were beyond pleasant, andÂ it was great meeting them.Â Dunktape hijackers they werenâ€™t.Â However,Â there was a momentÂ of the weekend that I wasn’t quite ready to step out of the basement for.Â Â And it wasn’tÂ writingÂ my review of theÂ Kris Bellman movie, orÂ posting together my seven-post blogumentary on the Nike event Friday.Â
No, my Florida State moment cameÂ at the end of the day onÂ Friday, whenÂ I stood there, wearing my media credentials around my neck, wondering if I reallyÂ couldÂ go back andÂ write about whatÂ it wasÂ the weekend left me thinking.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
If I was an unbiased journalist, I would have written what I was thinking.Â Luckily I’m not that.Â Â But if I had been, I would have beenÂ obligated to write aboutÂ how IÂ foundÂ noÂ evidence, listening to and being around LeBron James for two days, to suggest that he is definitely going to re-up with Cleveland in 2010.Â
I would haveÂ felt it only right to report the factÂ that LeBron repeatedly made the point that he represents Akron, and that he never said he repsÂ Northeast Ohio, andÂ he never said he reps Cleveland.Â
I would have alsoÂ had to make mention in my articleÂ of theÂ fact that LeBron spoke of the great friends he has made in the NBA, and how one of them was even withÂ him during hisÂ Akron homecoming…Chris Paul.Â I wouldn’t, however, have been able to write about how he spoke glowingly of his current Cavalier teammates, and how they were his great friends too, because he never mentioned them either way.Â
I also wouldn’t have been able to write about what Shaq,Â Delonte, orÂ ZÂ saidÂ during the two day stop, because they weren’t there.Â If I was a reporter, andÂ someone wrote intoÂ my editorÂ and said Chris Paul wasÂ only there because he was a NikeÂ guy too, I would have had to write back and said so is Mo Williams…you ever hearÂ of Fog Raw?
I would have then had to close my piece by writing that LeBron never one timeÂ said, ‘I rep Akron, and I am so glad that I playÂ for a team that is only 45 minutes north of Akron,’ because he never said anything remotely close to that.Â Â Luckily for me, I’m not an unbiasedÂ journalist.
So since I won’t admit what the weekend left me thinking,Â I’ll just continue to be a biased blogger and focus on planning for theÂ victoryÂ parade next June down Euclid Avenue.Â Â What’s the use in worrying about the future anyways…its not like myÂ mom’s gonna raiseÂ rent on the basement.Â Â
Besides that, this is a season thatÂ presents the best chance Cleveland has had to win a world championship in the last 40-plus years.Â And it might be the best chance to win one for the next 40 as well.Â Â No, I’m not going to go there anymore, I’m just focused on the here and now, because this season could be one for the ages.Â
But ifÂ its not though, and he does…well, that’s another moment I’m just not ready for either.
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Brendan is a featured columnist at Midwest Sports Fans who also runs Stepien Rules, where they discuss everything you ever wanted to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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