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LeBron understands Clevelanders’ anger, “But you have to get over it.”

Oct 22, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

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LeBron James gets it. He can put himself in their shoes. He understands why the people in his hometown might feel betrayed, why Clevelanders would be angry. Well, a little bit.

But he also says you can’t hold on to the anger forever, as he told Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

“If I was a fan and I was on the outside looking in, I could be upset a little bit if one of my favorite players left,” James said. “Or if I felt like he betrayed us or whatever the case may be. But you have to get over it.”

“Sports are very emotional and fans are very emotional,” James said. “At times they really believe you may be related to them you and you sleep in their house. When you do something wrong and you leave their house they can become very emotional. I’ve understood that over the years. But at the same time, you have to understand you have to do what is best yourself.”

It’s a very mature response from James.

Clevelanders may well get over it. Eventually. But certainly not before Dec. 2, when James and the Heat return to Quicken Loans Arena.

  1. jjefferson13 - Oct 22, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    LeBron needs to “get over” the fact he’s not Jordan and never will be… hell, he’s not even Kobe.

    • david8726 - Oct 22, 2010 at 6:22 AM

      Funny, I’ve never heard LeBron compare himself to Jordan.

      As a matter of fact, didn’t he change his number this offseason specifically to honor Jordan? Oh that’s right, he did. But if you would have bothered to remember that it would have derailed a chance for you to bash on LeBron.

    • rbrown4495 - Oct 22, 2010 at 8:31 AM

      Oscar Robinsin who is one of the greatest ball players ever said this morning that Lebron is as good and maybe better than Michael just without the championships. “He’s in a league of his own” is what he said to be exact. Hmmm, who should I believe, you or Oscar? Tough choice isnt it.

      • hashfest - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:05 AM

        Who is Oscar “Robinsin?”

        Why should I pay attention to anything you write, rbrown? You obviously do not know what you are talking about.

    • cordae - Oct 22, 2010 at 4:26 PM

      Where did that come from? When has he ever said that? This article didnt mention Jordan one time, You sound like a bitter loser smh…

  2. cccloc - Oct 22, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    What I want to know is how many of these people are sending him tweets? If it’s a small number he should get over it. If he’s being barraged with messages, then that’s different.

  3. dmvdmv101560 - Oct 22, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Even if he wins multiple championships LeBron will never be considered in Jordan’s league since he had to combine his talents with two other superstars to do it. Lebron is a helluva basketball player but he has shown that he is not a leader as Jordan and Kobe have proven. He may win championships but it will be done with the leadership of Dwayne Wade and not LeBron.

  4. ffxbball - Oct 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    When the going gets tough………….team up with 3 other all-stars to make it easy to win a meaningless championship. LeClown most likely would never have been able to carry a team a la Jordan, Magic, Bird, and Kobe and is not out of the conversation.

  5. hashfest - Oct 22, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Yo Bam Bam,

    Can’t wait for the mayhem when the Heat visit the Cavs December 2.

    As they say in showbiz…break a leg!

  6. dcarlock - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Hey rbrown4495,

    It’s Oscar ROBERTSON!

    • rbrown4495 - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

      I know how to spell his name, it was just a typo

      • hnirobert3 - Oct 22, 2010 at 10:49 AM

        So instead of addressing rbrown’s point about what the Big O said about LBJ being in a league of his own, we’re going to focus on a typo?

        All the petty people who are so upset about LBJ, get a life. He hasn’t fathered tons of kids with tons of women (like a ton of NBA players), he’s never been arrested, he’s never assaulted someone, and he’s never been charged with rape and settled out of court (KOBEEEEEEEEEE). He made one stupid decision and he’s full of himself, WHO CARES?

  7. daddysla - Oct 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Funny how some people say Lebron won’t measure to Jordan or Kobe because he had to join to other all-stars to get a ring (if he does)… I can’t think of one player that Bron has played with that is even close to the caliber of a Pippen, Shaq (in his prime) or even Gasol… But I guess having those kinds of teammates doesn’t mean anything when your Jordan or Kobe… Or maybe it does, cause Kobe has only won his rings when he’s had the best post player in the NBA on his team, and Jordan never won without Pippen, a top 50 — HOF — perrenial all-star player.. Do some math guys..

    • ffxbball - Oct 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM

      Jordan and Kobe stayed and team was built around them…..as a great man once said:

      “When the going gets tough………join up with 2 other all-stars to make it easier to win a few hollow championships” LeClown, 2010

      At least Wade know has his Pippen—nothing wrong with making it easy but never can be an icon of the game like the greats.

      • cordae - Oct 22, 2010 at 4:23 PM

        Your case is SOMEWHAT valid for Jordan. Kobe told Buss, that he wants out back in ’06. Or do you, like most kobe fans have amnesia when it comes to your almighty savior? Jordan got irritated as well, not enough to do what kobe did. LeBron kept his mouth shut until his contract was up. Anymore inaccurate bashing?…

  8. goforthanddie - Oct 22, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Awww, poor LeBaby. If it’s bothering him that much, maybe he’s the one who needs to get over it.

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