I still can’t help myself.
Watching the NBA finals this week, I am still rooting against LeBron James.
You’d think I would be over it, the night that my favorite Cavalier — one of my favorite Cleveland pro sports players ever, would announce on a made for TV show that, “he was taking his talents to South Beach.”
That was way back on July 8 of 2010.
Nearly four years have passed since “The Decision.”
All James has done with his new team is lead the Miami Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals.
All the Cavaliers have done without James, is regress to one of the worst teams in the NBA and participate in the draft lottery every year since.
Why would I root against LeBron?
Even my 21-year-old daughters were rooting against LeBron and rooting for the Spurs in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
It was after Game 1 of the series last Thursday in which James said he was the “easiest target in all of sports.”
And I agreed with his assessment.
I reminded anyone that would listen that, following James’ Game 1 performance and the cramping, that he would rebound in Game 2.
He has always been that way.
Question LeBron on his outside shot, or free throws, or taking the game’s last shot?
He would always answer the critics.
And he did again Sunday night.
James scored an eye-popping 35 points and the Heat rallied to beat the Spurs.
But San Antonio beat Miami on Tuesday night, even though LeBron had a good game.
I loved it.
Let’s see how James and the Heat answer in Game 4.
My belief is that LeBron will dominate, and his team will even the series.
It is tough enough to beat the Heat once, but in this case the Spurs will have to do it four times in a seven-game period.
Some say they did it last year, but the Spurs missed free throws late and Ray Allen’s clutch 3-pointer rallied the Heat to win Game 6, and Miami went on to capture the seventh and deciding finale.
I am rooting for the Spurs, believe me.
And I am rooting against LeBron in the series.
But would I welcome him back to Cleveland to bring back his talents to his home state and play again for the Cavaliers?
In a heartbeat, yes.
Until then, I am rooting against him.
Other Koza thoughts: Want to let you know about a special feature we are beginning Monday on Sportstalk with Koza. Our latest 30-in-30 will countdown the top 30 Limaland football players during the past 30 years. That takes us back to 1984, and folks you talk about a tough list to compile. But it has been a lot of fun remembering all of the great high school, college and even NFL players from our area. We kick it off Monday night, and it will run three times a week during the summer and end right before high school football debuts for the year. Sportstalk with Koza is every weeknight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sportsradio 93.1 The Fan and simulcast live on WOSN-TV.