LeBron James came out with a new commercial with Nike recently, titled “Rise.” He basically silenced all the critics, naysayers, and haters that have been criticizing him since the day of the Decision. But he answered right back.
At the start of the commercial, he asked, “What should I do?” as he was sitting on the chair, with his pink dress-shirt, and it felt like the moment where we first saw him announce his decision on the start of July. James was basically also trying to say sorry to everybody. He has been trying all along to say it to Cleveland fans, but they still couldn’t understand. Can they now?
James was trying to make friends again. He talked about basically remembering the good times and all the great things he brought to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ franchise. The Cavs can never have something great like that again, or at least for a very long time. James was saying it’s been a fun road, those seven years. Heck, he brought Cleveland a championship.
James also tried to make friends with Charles Barkley, who has been criticizing James for a while. It started off with him saying that LeBron will never be the guy. When James brought up the race card, Barkley was quoted saying, “When it just doesn’t get any stupider, it does,” or something along those lines. James mentioned Barkley, eating a donut while also saying, “Hi Chuck.” Barkley will hopefully try to get a laugh, or at least a chuckle.
James ended it by saying, “What should I do?” Basically, James, you did nothing wrong at all. First off, fantastic commercial. Loved it. You made your points and everyone will understand. They do. They know what shoes you are in. They know they would pick playing for the Miami Heat as well over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But there was one big thing that changed people’s minds about you: the way you announced your decision. That’s basically all it comes down to. Listen, the fans of Cleveland wouldn’t mind if you left the team, but the way you handled it and let Maverick Carter do that you and take advantage, it just wasn’t right.
If I were James, I would have just done it professionally like all the other free agents like Carlos Boozer, Amare Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, and so on. But no.You did a one-hour special one ESPN and it took you a while to say where you were going. If you could just say to Cleveland what you said earlier, not do the one-hour special, and do it the professional way, you wouldn’t be stuck in this mess. Heck, you wouldn’t even had to mention the race card.
So it all comes down to that. LeBron, everyone understands you now. We get the point.
But now we are asking you.
Do you get the point? Do you understand?