I have no doubt Paul Silas is accurate when he says LeBron James simply treated the Cavaliers the way NBA teams often treat their players when James announced his departure for the Miami Heat in a televised spectacle. Where Henry Abbott of TrueHoop loses me in his commentary, though, is that just because management might act that way doesn't mean that all courtesies are subject to go by the wayside. Maybe we ought to excoriate management whenever they treat players as less than people, as in Silas's example of the player told he was traded, without prior notice, in front of his whole team on a bus.
General managers and owners have acted like jerks to players and fans before. Players have acted like jerks to management and fans before. Fans have acted like jerks to players and management before. Whoever does it, it's still acting like a jerk. It's not okay for someone to demean someone else only because he's in a position of power, and I hope Silas is just sticking up for players in a general sense and wouldn't actually stand by that principle if pressed.