Feb 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James greets fans following the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

YOU'RE WELCOME, LEBRON

Editor’s note: He didn’t thank us in his letter, but here at AllUCanHeat.com, some of the fans/writers decided to say you’re welcome to LeBron James. “That’s right/Okayyy/You can thank me now!”

Wes Goldberg: Okay, so you went home to Cleveland. You announced it in a letter and thanked Pat Riley and Micky Arison. That was nice. I’ll give you credit, it was better than a television event, though just as pretentious. Still, you screwed up a little bit. Again. You forgot to thank us, the fans. The fans who had your back for four years. You broke up with Chris Bosh over text, but straight up walked out on us in the middle of the night. You packed up the two rings, two MVP trophies and bike you got in Miami and left. We woke up to find nothing but a letter that didn’t mention us once. Let alone a thank you.

So, you’re welcome, LeBron. When everyone else hated your guts and peed on your face, we stood by you. We embraced your excitement to deliver a decision. We saw the best in you. You were excited to be recruited and put a hat on your head in front of television cameras, since you never got to do that out of high school. You’re welcome for backing you up, for believing in you even after an historic collapse in the 2011 NBA Finals. You’re welcome for 2012, when we celebrated with you and for you. You’re welcome for just a few months ago, when we blamed everyone but you for an NBA Finals stink fest, for believing you would bounce back from crampgate and make history by winning a third-straight title.

It was a good four years. Thanks for the memories, LeBron. Truly, it was quite the privilege. And for accepting you and your flaws so we can watch your basketball perfection, you’re welcome.

 

David Ramil: “You’re Welcome, LeBron.”

For giving you a home that embraced you when the rest of the nation detested you and insulted you and challenged your manhood and attacked everything about you and your family. For believing that you come through the fires of 2011 a better, humbled man and for hoping the Heat would win the 2012 championship for you above any one else on the team. For looking the other way in 2013, when you occasionally sought out the spotlight too much, or when you threw teammates verbal jabs in the media, or when you accepted the MVP award much less graciously than I would have liked.

For 2014, when you forgot what defense was, or played to the crowds in New York and Brooklyn while your team lost, for believing that you’d bounce back from “Cramp-gate” and lead us to a third-straight title. And lastly, for the past few months, when we believed you were man enough to make your own decisions or that you’d never willingly go back to a city and area that treated you like shit and pissed on images of your face, for giving you the benefit of the doubt for four years only to realize that the petulant child that loves his momma will never grow up.

So, good luck being a role model to the children of Ohio, LeBron, for at the very least they can look up to someone as immature as they are.”

 

Chris Posada: You’re welcome, LeBron.

We’re the ones that stood up for you while everyone else was trying to tear you down. We kept your legacy sacred, even when there were those who tried to tarnish it. We were just happy to be a part of these last four years.

Don’t worry, we won’t burn your jerseys or make disrespectful comments about your family; we’re better than the place you call home.

 

Ryan Smith: “A college experience? The last 4 seasons with the Miami Heat are best summed up as a “college experience?”

Forgive Heat Nation if this comes off harsh, but that’s a bunch of crap. You said you learned matured and developed as a member of the Miami Heat – that is the understatement of the century.

You go to college as a stepping stone to reach your life goals – one that is after high school but before your dream job. 4 straight NBA Finals and 2 championships doesn’t exactly sound like “part of the process,” it sounds like the ultimate goal.

You’re welcome for the “college experience,” if that’s what makes you feel better about leaving it. Many people fail when they leave college – failure was never a possibility in a future with the Miami Heat.

You’re welcome, LeBron.

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