Each and every NBA offseason is filled with trades and several players changing teams, causing either jubilation or heartbreak amongst fans. Some of the biggest players to change teams this offseason include Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Paul George, and Gordon Hayward.
The most recent trade to capture NBA fans' eyes is that of Irving's between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers sent Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick.
As expected, there were a lot of fans that liked this trade, and there were those that did not. Some fans even resulted in burning the jersey of Thomas and Irving. Fans of the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz did similar things when George and Hayward were traded as well.
You can understand fans being upset over their favourite player changing teams, but burning a jersey certainly is going a bit too far. That's what LeBron James feels at least.
Speaking on his Twitter account, the Cavaliers star reacted to some of the fan criticism he has seen of players moving teams this offseason, as well as the videos of fans burning said player's jersey.
He said: "The burning of the jersey thing is getting ridiculous now! The man was traded. What do u not understand? & played in a game after sister tragic death. Gordon Hayward paid he's dues as well and decided to do what's best for him and family. Put in the work, got better, became an All-Star, etc!!
"If these guys weren't good, u guys would be the first to say "get them up out of here". Man beat it! When "we" decide to do what best for us it's "cowardly" "traitor", etc but when it's on the other side it's "business" huh!?!? Ooh ok. Man do what u feel is best for your profession, love, family, happiness and continue to #StriveForGreatness🚀 #Salute"
At the end of the day, James is right. When given the opportunity, a player must do what is best for themselves and their family. Fans need to remember sometimes that basketball is more than just a sport for some people. It's a way of life, and ultimately, it goes both ways.News Now - Sport News