MT. VERNON —
Any sports fan who engages with the big events on a daily basis can name the exact spot where they were on that summer night in 2010. The visuals that played out were just that strange and absurd.
I was sitting in an Indiana newsroom, watching with my co-workers. Even within the moment, we were thinking and talking about how odd it all was.
The backlash was swift, sure and severe.
James' jerseys were burned in Cleveland. He was a national villain. When the Heat made an NBA Finals appearance the following season The Big Three were viewed as mercenaries who didn't deserve a title because they hadn't first struggled and failed for years before reaching the championship mountaintop like previous title holders.
Surely, we're going to see an older and wiser James. At the very least, a more savvy one will emerge. I can't imagine we'll see another made-for-TV spectacle like 2010. James will either return to Miami or leave, and the decision this time will be with as little fanfare as possible.
If we do witness The Decision Part Deux, it will be a sequel to an original that everyone already hated.
Paul Hines is the sports editor at the Register-News.