Here’s what the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer looked like today.
In our morning news meeting today another editor questioned whether this was an editorial statement or opinion. The implication of the question: This is opinion and didn’t belong on the front page of a newspaper.
I’m not saying we’d do this here in Oklahoma City, but imagine how it would feel to fans here if the Thunder had won the 2009 NBA Draft Lottery, drafted Blake Griffin, watched him lead OKC to the bring of an NBA title and then watched the hometown boy tell a national audience he was leaving for Miami.
But I don’t think this was an editorial statement or opinion. LeBron has left Cleveland and he left it his hometown without a championship, something he’s said he’s all about. I think the cover was dramatic, effective and mirrored the mood of a city. I love it’s simplicity and boldness. I think it was effective.
What do you think?