Brian 'White Mamba' Scalabrine Takes A Shot At LeBron's Decision To Return To Cleveland
October 15 / Eric Goldschein / SportsGrid
Brian Scalabrine, the former NBA player who was best known for being large and white, has transitioned into the media game quite nicely with this little dig at LeBron James on Jim Rome's Showtime program:
. @Scalabrine on #LeBron to @jimrome - "Let’s keep it real. I think that all LeBron cares about is his legacy (not Ohio)." More at 10p.
Of course, no one would deny that LeBron left Miami for the same reason he left Cleveland in the first place -- the Cavs give him a better opportunity to win multiple rings going forward. But that doesn't mean he doesn't care about Ohio. It's not one thing or the other -- it's both.
Scalabrine had his own, slightly less publicized but much more hilarious "decision" to "return home" this offseason, so he probably understands where LeBron is coming from. Would Scalabrine have gotten an analyst job in any other city besides Boston, where he is much beloved? Sometimes boosting your legacy and bringing glory to your hometown (even though Scalabrine isn't actually from Boston) intersect. That's what we call a good opportunity.
In the end -- and perhaps I'm the naive one here -- this simple line from LeBron's essay is the one we should probably focus on:
This is what makes me happy.
You mean a guy who has been scrutinized since he was a teenager, whose every move off the court is inspected under the harshest microscope, whose every decision on the court is picked over and analyzed and highlighted and criticized, just wants to be happy? Maybe we should just let him have this one, regardless of whether happiness also happens to include playing with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
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