Cavs: LeBron’s historic moment would have better celebration in Cleveland

Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images) /

LeBron James achieved another moment in his legendary NBA career a few nights ago, as he passed Michael Jordan for fourth all-time in scoring in the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. The celebration felt like a dud though, especially to Cleveland Cavaliers fans.

A drive to the left side of the basket earned former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James another piece of history.

Constantly compared to Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan, James has been working diligently to accomplish as much as he can to be considered the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. While LeBron will never stack up to Jordan’s unblemished 6-0 record in the NBA Finals, he has a chance to add to his individual accolades that could rival Jordan’s achievements.

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So when that drive saw the basketball hit the backboard and fall through the net, it was yet another chance for James’ biggest fans to proclaim that he is the best player to grace a court. It was a giddy moment for everyone that’s followed James his entire career, starting back in 2003.

The unfortunate part of it all is that most of those loving fans reside in Cleveland, Ohio, the place James called his professional home for 11 seasons, despite two departures for presumably greener pastures.

Those fans wanting to share the moment with James would have to settle for less and watch it on their television screen.

Kinda crummy, isn’t it?

Could you imagine if LeBron would’ve hit that milestone at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers? The place would’ve needed a new roof due to the extreme amount of happiness that would’ve filled the arena, all for the best player in franchise history.

Applause and cheers would’ve rained down on Akron’s finest export.

Instead, a rather lukewarm response from the Staples Center was what was granted.

That lackluster ovation from the Los Angeles crowd sticks with the status quo for LeBron’s Lakers experience. He hasn’t been appreciated nearly enough as one of the best players to play the game.

James has been considered a problem and made to be the issue of all the team’s shortcomings. It doesn’t seem like this was the thought when LeBron made the jump to the Western Conference but that’s where we’re at.

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As a result, moments like Wednesday won’t be given the appreciation that James deserves. He’ll cruise through milestones with lack of recognition unless he brings a title to the Lakers franchise. Heck, he may still not be granted the love he seeks after doing that.

And those are some the things Cleveland loved LeBron for. They let him know how much they cared about him and his effort. But those days are gone.