Monday, June 01, 2009

Where Do We Go From Here


After enduring that, I could go for some "drowning" right about now.

Well, it's time for your old pal G$ to eat some humble pie. The Cavaliers were crushed in game 6 and have been sent home for the Summer with nothing but their dicks in their collective hands. This sucks. I've put so much of my time into this team this year and it feels so shitty to see it end like this. I probably watched 88 of the 96 games and knew that this was going to be the team. But they ran into a buzzsaw of freak athletes that hit big shot after big shot. You have to give Orlando credit unfortunately. They kept exploiting Cleveland's weaknesses and now have a shot (albeit small) to win a title.

Fuck. I don't get it. This was supposed to be THEE team to finally allow the city of Cleveland to hold their heads up high and end the drought. No matter what you think about the city, the people there deserve and have earned the right to see a winner. Instead, they get to watch yet another team with bandwagon fans and very little heartbreak effecting their psyche (Heat, Ravens, Rays, Marlins twice, and now Orlando). Why are these fans being rewarded? These are the things that I don't get. The "Cleveland Tourism" videos are right. The local economy IS based on LeBron James. That city is suffering and the Cavs were the only hope. The Indians are the biggest underachievers in baseball. The Browns will be lucky to win 4 games. The Cavs were the only distraction from the crippling depression of northeast Ohio. And now it's gone.

As far as the game goes, it was never really in doubt. Howard was a beast. When he's making his free throws and not being whistled for fouling which he does all the time, they are tough to beat. LeBron is taking some heat for walking to the locker room right away and snubbing the media. Of course this is just bullshit. The guy busted his ass all year long only to see his teammates come up small in the clutch. He did all that he could. He was spent and you could see it. There's only so much that one man can do. I'm on his side on this one. Why would you congratulate people that just ended your dream? Doesn't make sense to me. Had he taken questions, he may have let his frustrations boil over and that is not something that he does. I have no problem with him giving the silent treatment. He has earned that right.

So where do we go from here? Like it or not, this next season could be the last for LeBron in wine and gold. Personally, I don't see him leaving Cleveland before ending the championship drought but that is just my opinion. He has made a point in saying that he wants to bring the area a title and bolting before (if they don't do it next year) will be seen as cowardly. With that said, Danny Ferry has to gear up and go for broke this year. If you have to mortgage the future for one big run this next season, then so be it. Here is what I would do:

1. Ben Wallace is talking about retiring. Make him make his decision quickly so that a buyout can be reached and we can move on without a Favre-like drama. The guy has earned a buyout if he does decide to call it quits.

2. Wally can't come back. Unless he wants to play for the veteran's minimum, and I love the guy, but he has to go. The way that he played in the ECF, he is more likely to be playing in Europe next year anyway. There is no excuse for a veteran and former all-star to be chucking up airballs in an elimination game.

3. Don't give in to Varejao. He's going to want big money. Something in the range of 5 years and 50 million. No team will give him that so why should the Cavs. 5 years and 35 million sounds more feasible. He's a starter now and he needs to be paid like one, but he shouldn't be paid like a star. And there should be a clause in his contract that he can't take a shot outside of 6 feet.

4. Keep developing the young bigs. JJ Hickson and Darnell Jackson have shown flashes. With Wallace and Joe Smith likely gone, they need to keep getting better because it's cheap labor and, as Orlando showed, you can never have too many athletes. Hickson has shown that he has a lot of skill but it's a bit raw.

5. Take advantage of the Hornets being broke. It's no secret that New Orleans has no money. They are just sitting there waiting to be raped for cap relief. Why not go out and get the one guy that would have won the Orlando series? You give the Hornets Sasha Pavlovic's expiring contract and our first rounder for James Posey. The money works. Posey would allow the Cavs to play small ball, he can hit clutch shots, and he can actually defend guys like Josh Smith and Rashard Lewis. It makes too much sense. He also grew up in Twinsburg so it would be a homecoming.

6. If he really wants to, bring him in. Jason Kidd wants to play with LeBron. He has openly said this. If he really wants to, take a sweetheart deal and come to Cleveland. He's not the player that he once was but he still has some gas left in the tank. You still can start Mo and D-Lo in the backcourt, but coming with a second line of Kidd and Boobie would be not much of a drop-off.

It will be an interesting offseason in Cavsland. With the economic issues surrounding many franchises, will the Cavs take advantage of that? It is a relatively deep free agent pool, can they get some guys to come in on the cheap in an effort to win a ring? They have expiring contracts to deal if they want to (Z, Wallace, Sasha), do they go after someone like Shaq? And of course, you have to worry about the elephant in the room...LeBron's situation. While I'm shaken and mentally unstable today and probably will be for awhile, I still remain positive. It was a great season and they couldn't finish it off with a championship. As everyone in Cleveland knows...wait 'til next year.

I may as well make a prediction for the Finals eventhough I won't be watching because it will be too hard on me...Lakers win in 5. It won't be that close. Fuck Orlando. I'd rather root for a rapist. They actually have someone that can guard Rashard. Who cares though. The NBA: Where Wasted Seasons Happen.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Watching that game with a bar full of Cavs and Penguins fans in Youngstown, while I watched the Wings on Saturday was the perfect environment.

That Cavs team was smoke and mirrors.

--Drew

GMoney said...

Pffffft, who the fuck goes to Youngstown? You are dead to me.

Anonymous said...

Lebron should have showed a little more class. It's not hard to go shake someone's hand and say, "Nice game." You have to face the media too. He loves the attention when things go well so when things don't he's gotta face the music.

I would have cut him some slack saying it was done in the of the moment, but he came out yesterday and still didn't apologize for it. I thought he was better than that.

-Damman

Anonymous said...

I was in Youngstown for a golf outing...it was quite the shit show. Bob Stoops was playing bocce at the bar we were at on Friday night...he was getting pretty shitty. I tried to make a real off color Rhett Bomar joke that was loud enough for him to hear, but he didn't hear it. Randy Cross was there too.

Damman...who gives a fuck about what LeBron did after the game. The ONLY reason I could see bitching about it, is he left his teammates to answer the questions. But, his teammates basically just shit the bed for him on the court for six straight games so maybe they deserved that honor.

--Drew

Mac G said...

Any comment on Lebron's piss poor post game behavior? Blowing off Howard and Magic was once again a classless act. This is the second year in a row that he acted that way. Mello sacked up and gave congrats to Kobe after a blow out loss at home.

He sells out his teammates by making them face the media heat. His teammates did play like crap in this series but you win and lose as a team. Any coach will tell you that.

The worst part is that Lebron still thinks that he did nothing wrong.

As a Favre backer, I understand how bad it sucks to defend unpopular behavior by one of your favorite players.

The narrative today will be written that Lebron is a poor sport. Bookmark It.

GMoney said...

Should he have? Yes. Is it going to be remembered? No. If this is the one chink in LeBron's armor, the guy is doing everything else right. Get over it. Maybe he didn't want to shake Howard's hand because he was worried that he would get fouled again and no one would call it? Did you think of that? Or maybe touching Hedo makes you turn into the ugliest man on the planet? Like what people in Youngstown look like?

It was a rare lapse in judgment from a 24 year old that has done everything right before. Get over it already.

Mac G said...

I coach basketball and I would kick the ass of any player that acted like him after a loss. The worst is his quotes afterwards in that he still thinks he is OK with his actions. Gmoney, this is not a lapse in judgement as he did the same crap last year. His emotional argument is garbage too because the loss was not a last second game 7 loss. How about blowing off the media? No comment?

It was a dick move that showed his true character that rules and customs do not apply to Lebron. He needs fewer yes men in his life.

Mac G said...

The cracks about Youngstown are great by they way.

GMoney said...

It's not like he's out raping white chicks or hanging out with Bob Stoops in Youngstown. Mac, you coach kids. This guy makes close to nine figures. Big difference. As Sir Charles once said, I am not a role model. Of course he has an ego, but if this is bad as it gets, I can live with that.

Jesus, I'm tired of talking about this non-story. Anyone want to chime in on what the 2010 Cavs should/will look like?

Jeff said...

Lebron blew off the media in hopes of not saying how he really felt his teammates and coach did alongside him in the playoffs. With the state of mind he was in after the game he may have thrown that whole organization under the bus....which may have not been a bad thing.

ekali81 said...

Your 2010 cavs will be a one man team once again . Lebrons a grown man if he has better things to do ,like plan his june than shake hands with the eastern conf champs thats him . One man can't do it on his own , a real team whooped that ass . go drown urself . Orlando will beat the lakers . Not a bad season losing to the eventual champs like last year . fuck clevland

GMoney said...

Fuckk correk gramma, too, rite?

Dustin said...

Mac- I would love to see you try to kick lebrons 6 foot 9 ass.

Mr. Ace said...

Should have gotten Shaq at the trade deadline.


Lebron gave up the last three quarters of Game 6, he could have stayed out there for the post-game.


What a pussy.

Anonymous said...

LeBron said he didn't shake hands after the game because he is "a winner". Does that mean he called his teammates losers since they did shake hands and offer congratulations?

--Drew

GMoney said...

It would make sense, wouldn't it?

Ace, they should have also traded for Bill Russell and Hakeem Olajuwon. Why would you make such a retarded statement like that?

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