(St. Louis – May 14, 2010)
I find it pretty funny how many different people were paraded on shows on ESPN today to talk about LeBron James and how he’s going to leave Cleveland because they were eliminated from the playoffs by the Celtics.
Apparently, a few games, or one series can determine everything about the future of a player. Pay no attention to the fact that this team is built around him. Or that the front office has spent the past couple of seasons trying to bring in talent to keep him there.
Oh and if it’s money you want to discuss, you’d see that it makes all the sense in the world for him to stay in Cleveland. They can offer him more money than any other franchise! Not only that, but they can give him a max contract and then still have the cap room to give one other player a max contract.
I’m not saying that he’s staying for sure. Heck, for all I know, King James could end up as a Clipper. It’s true that there is no other arena like Madison Square Garden and yes, there are other teams with richer histories than the Cavaliers, but in Cleveland he’s more than a just a superstar. He’s a local hero. In a way, He is Cleveland. If he left that city he’d go from hero to enemy quicker than water turns to ice in below zero temperatures.
I don’t think it makes much sense for him to leave, but then again, I’m not LeBron and I can’t say with certainty what he will do. I guess all we can do is wait 47 more days until he becomes a free agent. I sure hope Brett Farve doesn’t mind sharing the speculation spotlight this fall.
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