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Thursday, June 21, 2018

NY Post cover blasts LeBron James; Cleveland’s Plain Dealer more subdued

Now that LeBron James has finally clinched that elusive championship, practically the entire media has weighed in with a deluge of analysis and opinion. That, of course, includes the routinely sensationalist headlines of the New York Post. Here is the snarky back page of Friday’s edition of the Post:

The Post, of course, is referencing LeBron’s supremely ill-advised “not 2, not 3…” speech from the Heat’s PR disaster/welcome celebration after LeBron and Chris Bosh joined the team in 2010. While a majority of the media has been slurping LeBron since Thursday night, it’s nice to get some funny, contrarian insight. So, kudos, NYP.

But while the New York Post’s cover exemplifies yellow journalism, the paper of the city LeBron turned his back on two years ago was a little more modest. Here’s Friday’s front page of Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer:

Much like for Dan Gilbert’s reaction on Thursday, it’s a much more subdued treatment of LeBron compared to the way The Plain Dealer handled the news of LeBron’s departure in 2010. But it’s probably safe to say a lot of people overdid things that day.

Plain Dealer front page via Bryan Armen Graham

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