murrster wrote:That letter by Gilbert might have been one of dumbest things I have ever read. Unless LeBron assured the Cavs that he would re-sign with them, there was no betrayal here. LeBron was a free agent. He had every right to be a free agent. The Cavs surrounded him with inferior talent in each of his seven years with the team. If anyone betrayed the Cleveland fans, it was the Cavs ownership. They basically forced LeBron out because he knew that he couldn't win there. Sure, "The Decision" was over-the-top and unnecessary, but calling LeBron a coward simply because he left is immature and extremely unprofessional. The Cavs were a joke before LeBron got there, the Cavs did nothing to help him, and now the Cavs will be a joke without him. I do not feel sorry for that organization one bit. I feel sorry for the fans, but again, their anger should be directed toward the executive staff, not the player that took less money to win.
Weren't they rather succesful in the past couple of years? What happened to leading your team (with less-talented players, in theory) to victory? To use (and probably fail, but you get my drift, I hope) to a team like the Bulls, with Jordan leading the way, Pippen playing second banana, Rodman only getting rebounds, and Kukoc (?) hitting 3s, and getting a few titles? A star, maybe two, and a bunch of role players to fill out the roster?
Better yet, use the Big Three of the Celtics of yore? Bird, McHale, Parrish. Each of them excelled at a specific role, and parlayed that.
Now, you have 3 megastars, and a bunch of (relative) scrubs that just fill roster spots.
LeBron, if he stayed in Cleveland, coulda been a legend. If Miami wins a title, he's only part of a legend now.
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