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What To Make of the Cavs Fall
May 17, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I'm back. I have been mulling over what to make of the mighty fall of our Cleveland Cavaliers. I am not the biggest fan of NBA basketball. I am, however, a big Cleveland sports fan. So I, like many others, hoped the Cavs could take the league's best regular season record and parlay that into a Cleveland sports title - FINALLY.
Well it was not to be and now we are left to ponder what happened and maybe more importantly - what the future will bring. The theories are endless on both counts. I have some thoughts and is my wont, I will share them with you.
What was the problem with LeBron starting in game 4? Was the elbow hurting more than anyone wanted to admit? Is there any truth to the rumors that are now swirling that an off court situation that involves a teammate and his mother caused the King to lose his concentration? Who knows.
Here's a thought. Maybe the Cavs weren't as good as their record indicated. The playoffs are a totally different beast and anything can happen there. Still it hurts. This was the city's best chance to shake the loser's image. Instead it grows larger.
Now we have to deal with the free agency of LeBron. Should the Cavs empty the vault to keep him? Most fans would say yes. Bring him back at any cost and then try to surround him with enough talent to win that crown.
I have a problem with the superstar who is so coddled that he gets to make coaching decisions, player personnel decisions and then chooses what goes on the buffet table after games. Usually that is a recipe (sorry) for disaster. I'm not totally sure that losing James to another team is the worst thing that could happen to the Cavs. I am also guessing that I may be in the minority on that one.
The view from my seat suggests that I hope a decision is made soon (though that is not likely to happen) so that we can forget all the hype and speculation that will occur over the next several weeks and get on with our lives.
Let's put it another way. I'd just as soon watch the Tribe. No spoiled superstars there. Just young guys trying to win games. That's much more to my liking.
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