It doesn't seem fair. Bosh and James worked hard for seven years to get to where they are -- they're now two of the most respected players in the game. Their bodies of work on the court speak for themselves. And all that respect is put in jeopardy over the words of a couple of bitter executives?
Think about it. If the two guys were quitters, then how could they have earned the respect of their teammates and their peers in the NBA?
If they were quitters, then what made them qualified to earn matching $110 million contracts with their new team?
If they were quitters, then why were they so heavily sought after this summer -- even by the very teams that were accusing them in the next breath?
That's the really crazy part. Gilbert spent the first week of the July free-agent signing period desperately trying to woo LeBron back to Cleveland. Colangelo tried the same with Bosh in Toronto, although in his case he knew it was probably a lost cause. And yet these same men turned their backs on their star players the minute they left, pretending their mutual respect never existed.
It's blatant revisionism, and yet here we are still talking about it. Colangelo and Gilbert have thrust themselves into the spotlight for petty, completely irrational reasons.
It's like a bitter ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend making a scene storming out. It's humiliating, and yet you just can't look away.
Eventually Colangelo and Gilbert will get over their lost loves and move on. Until then, the summer of sour grapes continues.