Cleveland is just not that kind of city. The strong, quintessentially American metropolis has done without championships for a while. It’ll live with that. But it’s not the kind of place where you pull Hollywood bullshit — with touchy-feely ego games and star-driven power plays. You don’t fire a hardworking man like David Blatt in a hardworking city like Cleveland — not when he’s been doing a great job babysitting your pampered millionaire players, taking them to the finals despite injuries and starting off the season 31-10 without your star point guard. You don’t fire that dude and replace him with an assistant who LeBron likes better. That’s not Cleveland.
So you know what Cleveland Cavaliers fans did during Tyronn Lue’s first game — a pathetic, effortless 96-83 loss to the rival Chicago Bulls? Cleveland fans booed. They booed hard. Not just the game: Cleveland fans booed the whole situation. Cleveland is not a city of quitters, and you don’t quit on David Blatt — who’s done a helluva job. That’s just not Cleveland’s style. LeBron took his talents to Miami awhile back, choosing the glitter. Now he’s back with his star privilege, stomping on a man who had his best interests in mind. Fire David Blatt? What is this, Hollywood? No, it’s Cleveland, where hard work is honored, rewarded. Where if you’re doing your job you get to keep it. Booooooo, says Cleveland. Boooooo.