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Weighing In on the LeBron Saga

Since nearly every sports media outlet has christened this “LeBron James Week”, I thought I would follow suit.

First off, I’d like to weigh in on all the criticism LeBron has taken over the Cavs’ playoff flop against the Boston Celtics. I definitely think it’s fair to place some of the blame on King James. After all, he is the best player in the league and has taken home back-to-back MVP awards. This was supposed to be the year where James and the Cavaliers finally brought a title back to Cleveland. However, in the three biggest games of the season, LeBron failed to take over and prove that he’s the MVP of the league. In Games 4-6, James struggled from the field, going 18-53 overall. LeBron also committed 19 turnovers over the final three games of the series, compared to only 8 over the first three. When watching these games, it was clear that LeBron became uncharacteristically passive on the offensive end, often relying on his supporting cast to carry the load. When the season is on the line, the best players have to step up and get it done, and LeBron James failed to do so. For that reason, some of the blame has to be thrown his way.

That being said, at least part of the blame has to be given to others within the Cavaliers organization. LeBron’s supporting cast, namely Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison, didn’t show up against the Celtics. Jamison, in particular, looked like a shell of the player he once was. I, like many others, liked the Jamison trade for Cleveland after it went down, but it turned out to be a flop in the end. General Manager Danny Ferry has tried numerous combinations to try and find the proper mix of players to play alongside LeBron. Nothing has worked so far, though. In my opinion, the Cavs need to find another scorer to complement LeBron and be that reliable second option when James doesn’t have an other-worldly performance.

What will this mean for LeBron and his ultimate free agent destination? Who knows. A month ago, I would have said there was no way LeBron was leaving Cleveland. Now, I’m not so sure. The Bulls, Knicks, Nets, Clippers, and Heat will be coming after him hard. I still think the Cavaliers are the best option for him, but I can just as easily see him leaving for so-called “greener pastures” elsewhere.

With only around six weeks until Lebron can hit the open market, the rumors and speculations have just begun.

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