Thursday, July 01, 2010
And finally, let's talk LeBron. I have not said much about LeBron (or anything for that matter) since the Cavs were eliminated early with one of the biggest mail-ins that you have ever seen. I'm not making any predictions. I don't know anything. The only thing that I can do is give warning. There are reasons to go to Chicago. There are reasons to go to Miami. There are reasons to stay in Cleveland. Those are really the only three options that he has in my mind and it seems like the rest of the world agrees (although most analysts have prematurely eliminated the Cavs from this arms race which is stupid). Let's take a quick look at all three potential destinations objectively:
BAD: now EVERYTHING that he does will be compared to MJ, even greater pressure than before, would need to learn to play team basketball in which on some possessions he would actually not touch the ball
BAD: I just can't see this many alpha males playing nice for an entire season, egos will get in the way, the rest of the roster will be filled with players less desirable than Kosta Koufos
I don't see this one happening. LBJ and Wade may be friends, but I just can't see them coexisting on the court for more than a season let alone 5. Who's taking crunch time shots? Exactly. They would end up killing each other.
Cleveland - GOOD: it's home, great owner, he's a God in NE Ohio, Danny Ferry is gone, local media leaves you alone, your boys are here
LeBron's a smart guy though. He knows that if he decides to leave, he will NEVER be able to show his face socially in NE Ohio again. Never. He won't be hated as much as Art Modell, but he'd be all alone in the two hole as the biggest pariah in Cleveland history. He has to know this and it's one of the main reasons why I think that he comes back. Because it has to be VERY difficult to intentionally fist-fuck your hometown and everyone who has ever supported you. Regardless of the situations elsewhere, and some appear to be better, no one wants to be sitting near Modell's hate pedestal.
Now let's say that he calls up Dan Gilbert and says that he wants to go to Chicago but he would like to do a sign-and-trade so he doesn't leave 30 million dollars on the table. If I'm Gilbert, I tell him to fuck off. But then I say, "Yeah, we'll do that...for Derrick Rose. And that's it. You want your extra money, that's fine, but we want something in return, too. Tell Reinsdorf he can have you for Derrick Rose." Now there is almost zero chance that the Bulls would agree to this eventhough every one on the planet would do that trade but that should be the ransom. Basically, though, if he wants to leave, he's going to have to do with 30 million less in his bank. That should be the stance that Gilbert takes. The Cavs should not "help" him move on at all. He has to be the villain here.
Isn't it sort of amusing though that LeBron said that his decision would be based on the opportunity to win championships yet it appears that he is willing to walk away from the team who has had the best record in basketball over the past two seasons? And his main alternatives are the 5th seed, 8th seed, and shitty organizations of the Eastern Conference? It seems to me like The King may need a lesson on what exactly a championship team looks like. Because it doesn't look like a roster full of your buddies and 2nd round draft picks, I can tell you that.
Bon Jovi once craptastically pop-pondered, "who says you can't go home"? Well, I do. And so do the millions of people living in the Akron/Cleveland areas. If you fuck us over, don't ever plan on coming back, LeBron. This is it. It's that simple. Be the local hero who everyone caters to. Be they guy that the media does an excellent job of keeping you to yourself. Or you could leave only to find out that all of your mother's transgressions will cease to be covered up anymore. The grass isn't always greener...
Enjoy the beginning of free agency everyone! This Cavs fan has decided to take it all in stride. If LeBron stays, great! Let's start working toward another title run and try to get Bosh/Amare to come aboard somehow. If he bolts, that sucks, but it isn't the end of the world. I won't cry. I'll be pissed, but life goes on and it will be time to start looking toward the future. Let's get on the phones and begin the rebuild. This is about to get interesting indeed.