Tanguay: If Heat were hot, LeBron would've stayed

Tanguay: If Heat were hot, LeBron would've stayed
July 11, 2014, 2:45 pm

I love to say I told you so. So, “I told you so!” Is quoting yourself like speaking in the third person?

On Monday I said LeBron was going back to Cleveland. Today he made LBJ Butt Kisser No. 1 and LBJ Butt Kisser No. 2 -- a.k.a. Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard of ESPN -- cry when he gave the whole damn story to Sports Illustrated. Brian? Chris? Like you learned today, I learned in the past -- the hard way -- that kissing rump gets you nowhere in the long run. But, I digress.

While I was right in my prediction, I don’t understand why his move back to the Northeast Ohio qualifies him for sainthood.

Answer this for me: If LeBron and the Heat had not been embarrassed by the Spurs and won a third title, would he have opted out? If Dwyane Wade had plenty left in the tank and if Chris Bosh made a bigger impact, would LeBron have made peace with Dan Gilbert? In his article as told to Windhorst -- oops, sorry, I meant Lee Jenkins -- he admitted he had not thought about free agency until after the season. That means he was not thinking about going back to Cleveland until the Heat got their asses kicked by the Spurs!

PEOPLE! He is going to a better team! The loss to the Spurs was demoralizing. LeBron cramped up and was helpless as San Antonio emasculated him, Wade and Bosh. Pat Riley is right. LeBron is looking for the first door out because things in Miami aren’t good. And he happens to be going home.

If you believe this is all about going back to where it all began, you're a fool. Sure, it’s part of it. But if Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins/Kevin Love aren't on the Cavs, I don’t believe this is happening. Going forward, LeBron on the Cavs is a better team than LeBron on the Heat.

So you can go home again, just as long your new/old team is better than the one you left dead in a ditch on the side of the road. Or the beach.