First Posted: 6/24/2012 7:35:06 PM | Last Updated: 6/24/2012 7:35:07 PM
By Andy Furman
I’m coming out of the closet.
Yes – and don’t be scared, I’m not.
So here goes.
I admit I was one of perhaps the very few who watched every single NBA playoff game. Yeah, and I paid dearly for it.
Most of those games ended after midnight, and since I awake a little after 4 am each and every morning for my morning radio show on Fox Sports Radio, well, those games took a lot out of me.
But it was well worth it.
Sorry to say, I don’t think many others watched – at least not in this town.
And I understand completely. We don’t have a professional basketball team.
With Oklahoma City – of all places – and Miami in The Finals, it was understandable that both those cities ranked 1-2 in TV ratings.
What surprised me, to some extent was the No. 3 city on the list.
The city that LeBron bolted and let everyone know about it on his Decision TV Cleveland exit two years ago.
The people of Cleveland were burnt, hurt and dumped on.
Let it be clear, however, LeBron spent seven more than successful seasons in Cleveland and was perfectly in his right to leave via free agency.
It was how he left – during an ESPN TV special – that left his hometown of Akron/Cleveland feeling wounded.
And apparently, according to The Finals TV ratings, the hurt is still there.
Those from Northern Ohio certainly were rooting for the Thunder of Oklahoma City – or to put it correctly –- they were rooting for LeBron and the Miami Heat to lose.
They didn’t and he was the MVP of the Finals.
Finally LBJ gets his wish – a championship.
He mentioned several months ago he’d leave the door open to return to Cleveland and play for the Cavaliers again someday.
You think those same haters in the north would open their arms for King Lebron if and when that day should come?
In two quick words – you bet.