More drama surrounding a team centered around LeBron James. The Voice of the Fan wonders if the Cleveland Cavaliers are better off without LBJ.
James left the Cavs to rebuild again, with another mess. There was no cap space and draft choices were spent to win now. It wasn’t as bad as the first time James departed, but the cupboard was near empty.
James left Cleveland for the glitz and glamor of LA, just as he had taken his talents to South Beach in search of a bigger spotlight.
But this time, he didn’t have two other stars joining him in LA. In fact he’s having a tough time getting almost anyone he wants to come join him.
He went to play for a coach he didn’t know in Luke Walton. Odds are Walton will be fired. He joined up with young players he doesn’t know, who thought they were going to be fired (or traded for Anthony Davis).
He put his trust in Magic Johnson, who fired himself, because it was more fun to be Magic the Ambassador than Magic the Presdient.
Something else happened to LeBron that’s never really happened before.
He got hurt. At the age of 34, James played in 55 games, the lowest amount in his 16 seasons. Superman suffered a major setback this season. He could be healthy next season, but, he might be.
We all wish he had played this past year in Cleveland. Nobody wanted the fun to end and he still is great.
But with his roster in shambles, general manager Koby Altman went to work. The Cavs have two first-round draft choices. Although, the later selection (from the Rockets) is near the bottom of the first round.
Unless the Lakers score some mega free agents this offseason, and that’s no guarantee, you’ve got to ask yourself: Which team, in two years, will be better off?
Right now, today? How could you pick against the Cavs? Collin Sexton, Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love are part of an exciting corps that could be joined by the explosive prospect to enter the NBA since James, in Duke’s Zion Williamson.
The lottery balls may alter this a little bit. For example, if the Cavs pick sixth, well, this rebuild is going to need some more time marinate. But even if the Cavs land R.J. Barrett or Ja Morant, they franchise will have some nice young prospects.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could end up in LA and render this whole useless.
But as of today, for the Lakers, it sounds as though Jeanie Buss has some problems to solve and an unhappy Super Star who creates massive amounts of drama to boot!
Don’t get me wrong, my roots are buried in northeast Ohio and LeBron has done much for his hometown of Akron. I admire him but don’t always see the logic in his thinking.
After three years, the Cavs should really be clicking if everything goes according to plan. Will LBJ want to come home, again? I wouldn’t put past him.