Being a fan of professional sports is all about having something to be passionate about. As fans we all know our love affair for players and teams isn’t really worth anything in the grand scheme of the world and whether our team wins or loses doesn’t really impact society all that much. That said, the relationships we forge with these players and teams are real to us, and that’s why when things go sour, we remember the pain as much as we did the joy. So it’s with that in mind that we reflect on 10 team/player Relationships That turned sour and ultimately led to the player's departure from said team. Of course we’ll only be highlighting actual teams, players and coaches in this list, but it is as much for the fans as it is for the factual information, because after all, we remember these people… some of us for the wrong reasons.
Before even going through the top 10, a few players instantly come to mind depending on what sport you enjoy the most. If you’re a big-time basketball fan, you remember LeBron James’ departure from Cleveland… and then his departure from Miami, which led him back to Cleveland. If you’re a hockey fan from the mid-90s, specifically in Montréal, you might remember the day that goaltender Patrick Roy was completely embarrassed to wear a Canadiens uniform, informing the team president that he'd never play for them again. He soon found his way to Colorado. We also might be heading for a major one in the NFL between Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.
But no matter what specific instances you can recount where a player’s love affair with his team went south… the main point is that it mattered to you as a fan. Maybe it mattered because players seem like overpaid babies who lack loyalty… or maybe it matters because it seems like organizations throw away players for no reason these days. But regardless of which side of the coin you are on… just remember that everything happens for a reason and that relationships come and go… even if you’re just watching from the sidelines. Enjoy the list…
10 10. Josh Smith – Detroit Pistons
9 9. Tyler Seguin - Boston Bruins
8 8. Percy Harvin – Seattle Seahawks
7 7. Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers
6 6. Vince Carter - Toronto Raptors
5 5. Patrick Roy – Montreal Canadiens
4 4. Kobe Bryant And Shaquille O’Neal – Los Angeles Lakers
3 3. Terrell Owens – Philadelphia Eagles
2 2. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens
1 1. LeBron James- Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat
Everyone in the city of Cleveland was in a state of euphoria this past summer when LeBron James announced that he was returning home to the Cavaliers. Almost as soon as he announced his decision, murals of him wearing a Miami Heat uniform were defaced all over Florida. That of course pales in comparison to what happened in 2010, when LeBron joined Miami. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted an open letter on the team’s website bashing LeBron for his choice and guaranteeing that the Cavs would win an NBA title before Miami. Of course now that LeBron is back in Cleveland after all, it’s all love again.
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