It’s amazing how fast people’s opinions change about an individual.  In a matter of five minutes Lebron James went from being beloved to being hated in the city of Cleveland.  I can only imagine their frustrations. 

Having the best player right in your hometown is something that they have enjoyed over the past seven years.  They had grown accustomed to seeing this and had expected this to continue.  Unfortunately it will not because Lebron has chosen to “…take his talents to South Beach.”  Those words sent shock waves through the streets of Cleveland and I know that most people in that city will never forgive Lebron for what he did.

As I thought about writing this blog I really thought about getting after Lebron for his “decisions” and actions over the past few weeks. I thought the way he handled this free agent period was completely wrong and his choice to reveal his decision about a team on a national television show was completely unnecessary.  During these past few weeks he has really showed me a lot about his character and now we all realize that Lebron loves him some Lebron and he really likes attention.  In the end despite what I or anyone else thinks, Lebron was a free agent and he had to freedom to sign wherever he wanted.  Just because he grew up in the Cleveland area doesn’t mean he has to stay with the Cavaliers for the rest of his career.

Lebron Is Now Enemy #1 In The City Of Cleveland

My focus is on the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.  Today they are playing the victim role and expect everyone to have some sort of sympathy for them but I don’t.  They hold some responsibility in this “Ledacble” and they could’ve done more to entice Lebron to stay.

First, they should’ve fired Coach Mike Brown a long time ago.  I understand that Cleveland has had the best record in the eastern conference for the past few years, however that was almost all due to Lebron and had very little to do with Brown.  As far as I’m concerned he was the head coach in name only.  Brown was routinely outcoached in the playoffs and provided no schemes to push this team over the top.   It seemed like whenever Cleveland faced equal or superior competition in the playoffs Coach Brown could never adjust to the schemes facing his team.  Coaching the Cavaliers with Lebron James would’ve been the most attractive coaching vacancy in the league and they could’ve easily hired a better coach.  Lebron has always respected head coaches that were former players and they could’ve easily filled that void from him.

Brown Was Simply The Figure Head While King James Ruled The Court.

Second, General Manager Danny Ferry could’ve surrounded Lebron with better talent.  I won’t sit here and say that he did nothing because he didn’t. He made some efforts, but they weren’t enough.  I’ll start with this season with the decision to not obtain Amar’e Stoudemire.  With Amar’e they maybe wouldn’t have won the title but, he would’ve been a better fit for the Cavs then Jamison was and turned out to be.  It was only a rumor, but supposedly the reason why Cleveland couldn’t get Amar’e is because they weren’t willing to let go of J.J. Hickson.  This may or may not be true, but with Amar’e being a free agent Phoenix couldn’t have asked for a lot back in return.  Besides Amar’e what about the fact that Cleveland was never able to obtain another scoring threat in addition to Lebron?

It has been widely known for years that the Cavaliers needed another consistent scorer to take stop teams from simply just playing a makeshift zone against Lebron.  Another scorer would’ve spread the court better for the offense.  Their best effort was when they added players like Larry Hughes and Wally Szczerbiak.  These journeymen were supposed to be the Robin to Lebron’s Batman?  This was the best that you can do in the last seven years?  Trying isn’t good enough for me.  Cleveland should’ve done a better job in surrounding Lebron with better talent.

He Was Supposed To Be The Answer?!

Lebron was wrong how he acted the last few weeks, but he was not wrong for leaving.  Now Cleveland has to do what they should’ve been doing the last several years and that is put the best roster out on the floor possible.

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Comments
  1. Chris Ross says:

    This was an excellent article, I very much enjoyed the read! But I have to disagree. Cleveland fans are really unhappy that Lebron chose to go to Miami but I think they are taking this too much to heart. Lebron is a very good player that hasn’t one a championship and feels that he can win one in Miami rather than Cleveland. He doesn’t owe anything to the Cavs because for the most part he played his hardest throughout his time in Cleveland. I have never liked and never will like Lebron but I feel that all the criticism that he is getting is unfair. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I would love to hear your opinion on my thoughts. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/suck-it-up-cleveland/

    • I agree with you. Cleveland fans are taking this way too personal. To say that Lebron “betrayed” them is taking it a little too far. It surprising to see that you don’t like Lebron yet you think he is taking too much criticism. I am looking forward to checking out your blog and I appreciate your comments.

  2. roadsidenotes says:

    Time heals all wounds.

    The thing with LeBron, the Cavs, and Cleveland was that this was a bad relationship from the very start.

    Let’s drop the girlfriend/spouse references, and look at it as parents and a child. The folks wanted LeBron to take over the family business. They did everything they could to make it easy for him. Danny Ferry & Mike Brown did only what LeBron approved of. It’s not just Danny Ferry’s fault that Cleveland didn’t improve their roster. Dan Gilbert, as the overly indulgent father gave LeBron everything he wanted, and it wasn’t enough to keep him. It was never enough, and it could not have possibly been enough. James was going through the motions in Cleveland–and it was never more clear than in the series against Boston.

    Why the parent/child metaphor? Because of Ray Bourque. After playing 20 years in Boston (20 years!), he asked for a trade to a Cup contender. When he won, three days after he won, he brought the Cup to Boston, and 10,000 fans filled city hall plaza to cheer him. Bourque got it. Bourque understood what he owed Boston. And it was apparent to Boston that he understood what he owed them.

    Ray Bourque left ‘the family business’ after giving it his all, and the family still loved him–and he still loved them.

    And that’s what Cleveland wanted to hear–if nothing else–that LeBron James loved Cleveland. While he may have said those words–or words like them (I don’t know)–his actions clearly show that he didn’t.

    That’s the social contract for these stars. They need to return the affection they’re given. They rarely do, and that’s their failing, not the failing of their fans. http://roadsidenotes.wordpress.com/

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