The good thing about having a bad dream is you get to wake up.
For the people in Cleveland having a bad dream is an understatement. 51 years or half a century, Cleveland has been denied of winning any major sports championship from Football, baseball all the way to basketball. People’s heart have been broken, stomp and broken again over and over. There comes a point that they have already accepted their fate – they would never win a championship. It’s better to have that mindset… low expectations, less damage.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Atlanta Hawks, the atmosphere seemed to be way different from eight years ago (Cleveland won the Eastern conference finals against Detroit, the franchise first). People are happy, smiling, giving high fives but in the same time trying to contain their emotions. Four games left, crossing their fingers and holding their breath, one last push, and maybe just maybe those bad dreams will finally go away.
Lebron James, is carrying most of the load. After leaving Cleveland to pursue NBA championships in Miami, the prodigal son is back. People are still hurt about the whole ordeal. No matter the pain and no matter what happened, the truth still remains – Lebron is the NBA’s number one player and Cleveland’s only chance in winning a championship.
On Lebron’s right shoulder, a tattoo etched with his hometown “Akron” can be seen – forever carrying that name, forever connected. Coming back to Cleveland was a no-brainer. However, going back entails a greater responsibility. People are careful now, they are more critical and their emotions are a bit guarded. Lebron has done the right thing in promising no championships in his return… low expectations, less damage. This time it’s all about doing everything right. No media hoopla, no exaggerations. Nobody really thought Cleveland will go all the way to the finals. A rookie coach, an injured Varejao, a dismal 19-20 start and Kevin Love not really jelling well with the team. But somehow, somewhere James still pulled it off, playing more minutes than any player in history under 30 years old. Averaging an almost triple double in the playoffs, and most especially making everybody better. Like Michael Jordan to his Bulls and Kobe to his Lakers. From Iman Shumpert to JR Smith and all the way to Matthew Dellavedova, Lebron James had branded Cavaliers basketball to his own.
All the pain, and the hurt, it all has to stop at one point. Cleveland just need one championship, and everything will all be worth it.
On his right leg displays a tattoo with the word “WITNESS” drawn vertically, and on his upper back is covered by the word “CHOSEN 1″. Lebron wanted those tattoos… it’s what makes him strive to do his best. He believes in those words and the people believe in him. The road to glory is narrow and steep, no matter how long, and no matter how tired, the journey will all be of substance.
Few more nights to go before tipoff.
51 years Cleveland! It’s time to wake up.