In some stunning news, LeBron James revealed that he will join the Big 12 Athletic Conference and sidestep the Harlem Globetrotters, for now. James has been debating what to do with his future and the Cavs don’t seem to be extending any olive branches.
I still feel as though LeBron will remain a Cavalier, but the firings of Mike Brown and Danny Ferry and the fact that management has declared that Tom Izzo got an interview without James’ permission indicate stupidity.
How can Mike Brown go from being the NBA Coach of The Year in 2009 to being in the unemployment line in 2010? Sure, my Aunt Mary could probably coach that team and win 45 games, but why make a scapegoat out of a guy who obviously was put there to do what LeBron wanted?
Danny Ferry being dismissed makes some sense. Building around LeBron James has been a huge failure for him and his last shot again produced nothing. Mo Williams is decent, but other than that, Ferry has laid a goose egg. Shaq is eligible for Social Security next year and Delonte West is a head case, to put it mildly. LeBron needs a co-star, a Garnett, a Bosh, or a Wade, because he will remain the player that needs to be shut down for the opponent to have a chance at winning.
Granted, there are not that many guys who I would want to have the ball more than James late in a ballgame. However, when teams collapse on him and he kicks the ball out to wide open players who can’t hit shots, there is a problem.
If Izzo comes, and LeBron stays, which seem to have to go hand-in-hand, this team needs a makeover from the top down. The only player I might keep is J J Hickson. He has an upside and is still developing. Every other current Cavs roster spot is either filled by someone who was once great, or by someone else who was supposed to be great. Nobody, other than James, that plays hoops in Cleveland is even close to great, not right now.