Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’

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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              When the Cavaliers were unexpectedly bounced out of the playoffs recently it prematurely started the “LeBron Watch.” What is the best fit for Lebron? Where will Lebron play next year?  Along with that come those annoying rumors from the anonymous sources who claim to be “close” to Lebron. All of these questions are interesting for all of about one day. After just one day all of  these talks become pointless and annoying because all of it is just pure speculation.  Lebron can’t sign with a new team until July 1st, but unfortunately we now live within a 24/7 news cycle so it will be hard to escape any news on him for the next six weeks or so.

            To make matters worse there is now speculation on who will be coaching Lebron.  John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski, Doc Rivers, and Phil Jackson have all been named as potential candidates to coach Lebron. Chicago and New Jersey have long been the rumored destinations for Lebron.  These teams along with his current team in Cleveland all have coaching vacancies at the moment and will be looking to fill these positions in the near future.  My question is why anyone would think that any of these four coaches would be serious candidates? How about candidates at all?

Does Lebron Have The Ability To Choose His Next Head Coach?

         First, all of these coaches are currently employed.  So they would have to quit their current job and then wait to see if one of previously mentioned teams will offer them the coaching position.  Is this taking place before or after Lebron signs a contract?

         Second, look at the names of all these candidates and their situations.  These coaches have big names, but unique circumstances. Calipari has been at Kentucky for one year and failed miserably in his past NBA coaching experiences.  Krzyzewski has a great resume in the college ranks, but has never been a coach in the NBA. Rivers is coaching one of the best teams in basketball with the Celtics and Jackson has arguably the best team in the NBA with a core nucleus of players that will be in LA for the next few years.  Why would Rivers and Jackson leave their championship contending teams to coach Lebron on an unproven team?  Who in their right mind thinks any of these guys will be the next coach for Lebron?

Why Would Phil Leave LA?

          The point is no one knows who will be coaching Lebron next year. He could very well sign with a team that already has an established coach.  All of these media outlets are trying to draw attention themselves by just saying anything with “Lebron James” attach to it. I’m sure for the next several weeks we will hear more coaches names attached to Lebron along with rumors as to where he might sign.

         What is unfortunate is that until Lebron signs a contract on July 1st all of the speculation will continue. It’s going to be a long summer.