LeBron can't win by himself

LeBron can't win by himself

There are 61 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jan 9, 2008, titled LeBron can't win by himself. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

ATLANTA: Wednesday's game was a streak-breaker for the Cavaliers, but it was also a reminder.

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Cancer Larry

Mission, TX

#1 Jan 10, 2008
I hope Larry Hughes was speaking in front of the mirror when he talked about the team being disorganized/ He is the main reason why - a point guard who couldn't facilitate, who can neither score and defend. Worse, leads the NBA in bad shots taken which gets even "more" worse since he takes more shots than any Cavs on a per minute basis (yes including Lebron).
How is Mike Brown unable to see that the Cavs play bad when Hughes is on court? Can't create, can't facilitate, can't shoot, dribbles too much and is a walking turnover machine. Enough, send him to the Developmental League before it's too late or just dump him altogether
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#2 Jan 10, 2008
:Reminder!" You're kidding me. Who needs to be reminded. These are the same issues that have been plaguing the Cavs since they signed Marshall, Hughes, and Jones. Just who needs to be reminded? De we need to be reminded about Larry "2 for 12" Hughes is killing us? That on most nights James has no one else to count on? That the offense has no character... This game was more status quo than a reminder. Everyone is sure the Cavs will win some games and maybe even run a streak or two. But this game was more of the "same old same old" than a "reminder."
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#3 Jan 10, 2008
Cancer Larry wrote:
I hope Larry Hughes was speaking in front of the mirror when he talked about the team being disorganized/ He is the main reason why - a point guard who couldn't facilitate, who can neither score and defend. Worse, leads the NBA in bad shots taken which gets even "more" worse since he takes more shots than any Cavs on a per minute basis (yes including Lebron).
How is Mike Brown unable to see that the Cavs play bad when Hughes is on court? Can't create, can't facilitate, can't shoot, dribbles too much and is a walking turnover machine. Enough, send him to the Developmental League before it's too late or just dump him altogether
You are correct sir!
OMG

Akron, OH

#4 Jan 10, 2008
No offense. Only 40 points near the end of the 3rd quarter?

AV is now hurt so the defense will start falling apart again. Larry Hughes didn't show up again.

Cavs will have a tough rest of January. leBron can't win the games all by himself though he tries.
Ron

Cape Coral, FL

#5 Jan 10, 2008
The Cavs need to make many moves and will only make the playoffs because everyone does. Larry Hughes and Pavlovich need to be traded and maybe even Gooden. We need a point card and someone who can be physical inside the paint, which is where the Cavs are most vulnerable.
yadda yadda yadda

New Bern, NC

#6 Jan 10, 2008
You say LeBron can't win it by himself, but when articles are written you make it sound as if he has! What do you expect???? If I was on a TEAM and the only person ever mentioned was James and they called him "King" and praised only him each time a game was won, I'd sit back and say..."they think HE won the game alone, we'll sit back and let him." The media and "fans" aka fanatics, are as much to blame as anyone. Talk about the WHOLE team and what each player has or has not brought to the table after each game...not just one person.

“Activist For Change”

Since: Jan 08

America

#7 Jan 10, 2008
Get rid of Larry Hughes. It's that simple. Get Mike Bibby; hey get some bench player, I'm sure they'd do a better job.
JNP

Erie, PA

#8 Jan 10, 2008
Yadda Yadda does make a strong point. It comes time where everyone on the team needs to share the responsibilities. For as good as James plays and the pedestal the media puts him on, he is also responsible for the brain farts that this team has. You get the lead down to 11 points with 5 min to go and what does he do? He comes down and jacks up a 3 pointer with 18 sec. to go on the shot clock that barely draws rim. Calm down and work in whatever assemblance of and offense you can. Everyone is to share blame, not just the stiffs sitting on the bench, and I don't want to hear that Lebron is young. At 23 you are an adult who is making millions of dollars. You should be mature enough as the "so called leader of the team" to get the rest of the team fired up and motivated to play. If not, you not worth the money they are paying you, and that can be said for coach "pez dispenser" as well. I'm sorry, but this team is just frustrating to watch night in and night out. It is jeckyl and hyde every week.
Sue

Cleveland, OH

#9 Jan 10, 2008
Why should this team expect LeBron to win by his self? Is he the only player receiving a paycheck?
Go Cav!!
Hugus T Ballphlaser

Navarre, FL

#10 Jan 10, 2008
Hughes must go!!!!!!!!!!
patriot

Owings, MD

#11 Jan 10, 2008
yadda is right! 90% of the articles and reporting talks about "King James"....as if most people know who that was that he is compared to. Waddya expect? Wake up! It is a TEAM for crying out loud!
Eric

Gainesville, FL

#12 Jan 10, 2008
I've said it before and I'll say it again, James should get out of cleveland. He is wasting his talent and time playing for the Cavaliers. The idiots who own and run this team really thought that they could and should surround James with bottom feeder talent,deny him a point guard, and hand him over to an inexperienced coach, and everything would be okay.
Silly fans

Lakewood, OH

#13 Jan 10, 2008
LOL...If ever there was a case of a one man team, it's the Cavaliers. Whatever reason you think otherwise is wrong. No team, absolutely NONE, has such a disparity between the best player on it and the next best. This game was the perfect example of that. ANYONE criticizing James right now is just wrong. Is he perfect? Umm, no. Does he have things he needs to work on? Umm, yes. That can be said for every other player in the history of the game. However, to waste time criticizing the best player in the NBA with a team full of mediocre to bad talent is ridiculous. Criticizing him because the rest of the team blows or lacks energy? Fantasticly naive. There's an old saying that goes you can't get blood from a beet. You guys need to learn that. Sounds to me like you guys have an issue with James. Probably too many tatoos? Right?
Steve From Arizona

Mesa, AZ

#14 Jan 10, 2008
Ferry's job is to get a point guard to run the team and he has failed. He rides the coat tails of Lebron. If he does not get Bibby or Andre Miller this time, he should be let go.
Steve
Brian

Washington, DC

#15 Jan 10, 2008
Funny, everybody always trashes Larry -- and I'm not saying he doesn't deserve most of it -- but are silent on Sasha. As bad as Larry's been, Sasha has been worse. And though Larry's obviously way overpaid in his contract, at least he didn't hold out and hurt the team... Hell, the way Sasha's playing, his continued holdout may have actually HELPED the teams... Again, why does Sasha get a free pass from you guys? Another racial double standard?
Silly fans

Lakewood, OH

#16 Jan 10, 2008
Brian, come on. If you go looking for racism, you'll find it. Of all kinds, too. Not just the one you want to find. I think the biggest issue regarding why Hughes gets more blame than Sasha (my opinion? They both suck right now) is because he is being paid a shytload more money than Sasha. Like it or not, these players are all investments and Hughes is the single worst investment on the team.
Brian

Washington, DC

#17 Jan 10, 2008
I'm not looking for racism, Silly fans. But the hatred on Larry is obvious -- with a fan even going so far as to creating an anti-Hughes website... Why should the amount of $$ Hughes makes be the issue -- did he ask for this money or did Ferry go after him after he couldn't land Redd or Allen? And you can't deny that Larry, despite his flaws, has given more to the team than Sasha, including being deliberately played out of his position by his coach. Larry at least gives us defense when he's not shooting; Sasha gives you zippo (last night: 0 pts, O assists, 1 reb, 1 TO and 4 PFs in 15 mins of action)

Besides, like I said, Sasha held out and hurt the team (such holdouts are rare in the NBA). At the very least, Andy has come back and contributed mightily to the Cavs; Varejao's even more effective than last year and has even picked up his O game. Sasha merely held out and, now, is an even bigger drag on the team...

Sasha's getting a free pass from you guys (fortunately, not Brian Windhorst or Pluto) so, at least among fans, I'm only musing (and not concluding) that race could be a factor, that's all...
rusty

Cardington, OH

#18 Jan 10, 2008
so we all agree hughes was a bad signing? lol. duh---and pavlovic is obvously learning how to shoot from larry. its not a championship team, the only reason they can threaten is lebron. ferry is gonna blow up this team next year and rebuild when he has cap space and draft picks. we need a point guard and interior shot blocking big men but they just dont fall of trees. silly fans has it right about you silly fans, you all expect we can trade hughes for wade and gooden for dwight howard, wouldnt that be nice? lol. these are the same people who thought we should trade for marbury and continually talk about bibby as if he is the second coming--its laughable in that bibby would be the next larry hughes without the defense and destroy our salary cap for years.
rusty

Cardington, OH

#19 Jan 10, 2008
racial underpinnings are not present here, dude--maybe you should find another forum to vent your astonishingly absurd view.
Maryland Fan

Washington, DC

#20 Jan 10, 2008
Brian,
Almost certainly Larry asked for the money (actually, even more) and the Cavs made an offer that he took. So even your off-base point is wrong.

But it doesn't matter who asked or offered first. The real point is that players getting/accepting huge salaries are expected to be huge producers, and they know it when they demand/take the big bucks. Hughes is instead the biggest liability on the team, and he has a contract that makes it nearly impossible to get rid of him given his terrible performance. That combination of considerations is why he gets the greater share of the blame.

He is worst performer on the team when you compare expectations to performance. He whines constantly and accepts no responsibility for his poor play. And, because of his very poor performance and salary, he is the biggest contract obstacle to the Cavs being able to make a deal right now for someone who could actually help at a significant level.

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