When I first heard rumblings of Brian Windhorst leaving the Plain Dealer to join ESPN in coverage of LeBron James a few weeks ago my initial reaction was wait, didn't he say during the decision that if LeBron James left he was going to still write for the Plain Dealer and not follow LeBron wherever he goes? After I confirmed this thought in my mind, I then remembered what I thought when I heard him say that at the time, which went something like this: he sounds like Nick Saban right now, of course he'll leave.
Which is what he is doing - sort of - as reported by a number of outlets on Monday, including WaitingForNextYear.com:
"What was just a discussion between two parties a few weeks ago appears to be confirmed: Brian Windhorst will be leaving Cleveland’s Plain Dealer to cover the Miami Heat exclusively for ESPN and ESPN.com."
By sort of I mean that I don't think it's as simple as just following LeBron to Miami. I know some Cavs fans view it that way right now, and are angry about it, but I'm not one of those fans. I'm not mad at Brian at all for making this move, and I really don't see how anybody could be angry with someone who makes a decision to take a better job with more exposure, more opportunity, and more sunshine. I'm pretty sure those people are called haters.
I'm disappointed though that I won't be able to read his coverage of the Cavaliers going forward, because he is one of the best beat writers in the NBA, but I'm not mad at the guy. Isn't that how you get opportunities like working for the mothership afterall, by being one of the best beat writers around? From there, what they do with that opportunity is up to the individuals I suppose, but here's wishing Brian nothing but the best of luck down in South Beach with his new gig...which is kinda new and kinda the same gig he has had since he first started covering the NBA but that's besides the point. Count me as a guy that will continue to read his work wherever he posts it regardless of all that. He will be missed around here.And hey, maybe Windy can actually go down there and be the one who breaks the types of stories us bitter Cleveland fans are desperately hoping deep down in our broken sports fans hearts eventually get broken about Lebron James next season while he's in Miami. Maybe he can work as like a double secret agent on the Cavs fans revenge detail in that regard, or something like that.