Probably held by: "Classy" sports fans, Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert
Chin up. Even though the Miami Heat, the biggest villains in the NBA, won doesn't mean you have to show your contempt. So put on an icy front, like Dan Gilbert and offer up your congratulations in a completely civil way (and just take solace in the fact that you never wrote that immature letter where you guaranteed Cleveland a championship before James would get one):
Looking forward to: The next time the Heat get whooped.
Let's Start Next Season Already
Feelings: Optimism; Relief
Probably held by: LeBron James; The Miami Heat; Everyone who wants to forget this season; Miami fans; ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz
This is an interesting reaction here, as everyone already seems to be looking to next season. For some it's because they want to see the Heat win next season, while others want to just forget that this season ever happened. And ESPN's Arnovitz seems to be an amalgam of the two groups: "I simply wanted it all to be about basketball again, because the public exercise of trying to probe James’ inner life had grown tiresome," writes Arnovitz, explaining why he was "quietly pulling" for James and the Miami Heat. "In recent months, those takedowns had also become boring, and the prospect that they’d continue to dominate the NBA for at least another year was excruciating."
Looking forward to: Next Season, obviously.
LeBron James Is as Good as Michael Jordan
Feelings: Admiration; An appetite for trolling; Caught up in excitement
Probably held by: Journalists; Analysts; Heat Fans; Jon Barry
James has his first championship at 27, while Jordan had his first at 28. So let the parallels begin. We didn't stay up for the broadcast (we start early here), but from Twitter reports and Internet reactions, apparently former player and analyst Jon Barry said that the ring puts James and Jordan on the same playing field--a sentiment perfect to get thousands of hate-clicks on your next column or a sentiment shared by people just caught up in the hoopla.
Looking forward to: The next column, The next argument, Lebron James proving them right
LeBron James Is Not as Good as Michael Jordan
Feelings: One of being slighted, Frustration, That Jon Barry must be taking crazy pills
Probably held by: Basketball fans; Basketball fans who are invested in debating this on message forums
Michael Jordan has six championships, Lebron has one. And Jordan, for many people is the standard for great NBA players. And for the New York Daily News sports writer Manish Meta, apparently comparing the two is idiotic ... and so is Jon Barry:
Looking forward to: Getting on the ESPN message boards; Tweeting about Jon Barry's stupidity.