Mar 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts in the second half of a game against the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena. James scores 61 points. The Heat won 124-107. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Z Invite to Lebron James: Smart Decision or Poor Choice?


Zydrunas Ilgauskas invited Lebron James to come to Cleveland for Big Z’s special night, when he gets his jersey retired. National media, specifically Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, thought James’ comments last night, that he wanted to attend, were the starting point of the possible James return on Friday. They got clarification from “Lebron’s people” that Z in fact invited James to come for the event, as we covered yesterday. The question now is whether this was a smart decision by Z, in in conjunction the Cavaliers, or a poor choice. Lets take a look at both sides.

Good Decision

  • Lebron is Z’s friend and his contributions helped make Z a better player.
  • James’ team schedule allows for him to be there.
  • It is Z’s party and he can do what he wants.
  • Like a certain reported dinner in Miami while James was on the Cavs, this could grease the skids a bit.
  • Z works in the Cavaliers front office and his job is to do what he can to help the team, his relationship with James could help.
  • Z is getting more national recognition now due to inviting James.
  • The Cavs look nothing but the welcoming host, all the pressure then falls on James.

Poor Choice

  • Z takes the attention he rightfully deserves and gives it to Lebron.
  • The Cavs look like a begging ex, instead of a professional team.
  • Lebron upstages the game and the Cavs players get distracted from the win.
  • Lebron recruits current Cavaliers out of Cleveland.
  • Every interaction with Lebron is scrutinized. “Did he shake Mike Brown’s, Kyrie’s, etc hands?”
  • Dan Gilbert’s letter becomes a discussion piece again, as does any mannerism he has towards James.
  • He plays for another team and the Cavs get charged with tampering.

But really we want your thoughts. What do you think of Z’s decision to invite James? Cold and calculating business move? Friendly and thoughful? Dumb? Tell us your thoughts.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    This night is for Big Z and Lebron cast a giant shadow for a myriad of reasons… If George Bush can sneak into Iraq in the middle of the night to rally the troops and be back in bed before Condoleezza …uh… err… i mean… Laura notices he is gone i am sure Lebron can make it to Cleveland and observe quietly from a private box, because i know Lebron can’t be that naive to think it will not be a story if he made it known…rendering Big Z’s night an after thought