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It's hard to see LeBron James and Dwyane Wade playing together either in Miami or Cleveland.
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Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 30, 2010
It is totally lost on me how James would want to go anywhere - where the missing pieces for winning a championship NOW aren't already in place? Rumors of a mega-player deal to one team (Bosh-Wade-Lebron) have surfaced, but what sort of payroll would that particular team be saddled with? And they only play with one basketball so if James were to play with 2 other Superstars, what happens when individual stats go down in the name of "team work"?

Cleveland remains the obvious choice for James. It would be easier for a Wade or Bosh to join him there as opposed to the other way around.

Unless or until Cavs owber Dan Gilbert - who fiercely plays to win with his checkbook, surrenders at the 11th hour to some other owner, it is difficult for me to see James in NY or Chicago.

But this is the NBA and nothing would surprise me.
Big Buckeye Fan

Newark, OH

#2 Jun 30, 2010
Who gives a shizola about this overpaid, whinny, punk. He proved his metal in game 5 and that did it for me. Did Jordon act like this when he was on his way to winning his championships. NO! If LJ is so great, why do you have to get other greats to surround him to win a championship. That's because LJ is not a champion by himself and never can be.
Jeff

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 30, 2010
Good-bye Lebron. I understand wanting a win with a title, but he will also look for huge cash. THough I love to watch him play, it is times that fans say enough. These guys make WAY too much money and we the fans support it. Do they teach our kids...no. Do they save lives...no. Do they catch criminals....no. Yet they make 10-20 times what the real heros in our community make and for what? WAKE UP AMERICA!
Cbus Iraq Vet

Dayton, OH

#4 Jun 30, 2010
Big Buckeye Fan wrote:
Who gives a shizola about this overpaid, whinny, punk. He proved his metal in game 5 and that did it for me. Did Jordon act like this when he was on his way to winning his championships. NO! If LJ is so great, why do you have to get other greats to surround him to win a championship. That's because LJ is not a champion by himself and never can be.
Jordan(with an a not an o) didn't win those championships by himself. He had Pippen, Kerr, Cartwright, Stacy King, Hodges to help him with that. No one "star" can win a championship by themselves. Kobe Bryant found this out as soon as Shaq left the Lakers. Educate yourself a little more before you speak.
Westerville-ite

Columbus, OH

#5 Jun 30, 2010
I'm sorry- maybe I am just not fully up on the whole Larry Bird Rule-but- how on earth can any other team pay LBJ as much as Cleveland could pay him? Am I truly naive enough to think that the $$$ is ultimately what will make him decide where to go? It seems it would decimate any other team to give up so many other players to sign him and one more player- and they still wouldn't be as good a team as the Lakers or Celtics- why is this discussion even being held? Cleveland has the best hand in this whole thing- but they will HAVE to sign another player- a TOP point guard- but the rest of the team is as good as any other except the aforementioned Lakers and Celts.
OkieBuck

Owasso, OK

#6 Jun 30, 2010
The money is there no matter where he goes; is there really a difference between $100 million and $105 million when you already are set for life financially? The question is; will Lebron be just another high priced jock following the $$$ or will he put it where his mouth is and stay in Cleveland and become one of the most beloved sports figures the city has ever seen. If he goes to NYC or Chicago he NEVER will be. New York will eat him up and in Chicago he will never be able to get out from under the shadow of the guy who has a statue outside the place where he would play.
svc

Toledo, OH

#7 Jun 30, 2010
Regardless of what everybody says the supporting cast around LeBron is not that bad. This is a team that managed to win 127 games over the last two years. They were eliminated by a hot-shooting Orlando club last year and couldn't beat Boston with LeBron's balky elbow slowing him down this year. They're close. The best thing the Cavs could do is accept reality and play LeBron as a true Point Guard. Who cares if he's 6'9" and 260 lbs? If he plays the point he's one of the three or four best PGs in the game. Then you can stop wasting time with Mo Williams and use him as a spot up shooter, slide Jamison to the 3 and let JJ get more minutes at the 4. Then you can let Shaq and Andy split time at the 5.

Over the next couple of seasons the Cavs can let Jamison and Williams go, freeing up the cash to lure a guy like Dwight Howard to town, or you can get a dynamic PG like CP3 and let LeBron slide back to the wing.

The bottom line is that no team is more equipped to help LBJ win titles than Cleveland. Unless he's willing to take a low-ball deal and form some kind of all star team, it's his only option.
LarryHews

Franklin Lakes, NJ

#8 Jun 30, 2010
Even if Cleveland can get 6-foot-10 swing forward Chris Bosh through a sign-and-trade with Toronto - using Antawn Jamison and perhaps J.J. Hickson as bait - it would not measurably improve the Cavs' chances to win an NBA title.

SERIOUSLY, DID I READ THAT CORRECTLY?????????? What exactly would it do then? Just a dumb thing to say.
fedup

Millersburg, OH

#9 Jun 30, 2010
The Cavs do not need a point guard so much for offense - LBJ is most comfortable with the ball in his hands. The need is for someone who can guard a point guard as Rose and Rondo illustrated in the playoffs.
EjH

Lewis Center, OH

#10 Jun 30, 2010
Nonsense.

Lebron on the bulls IS NOT A SLAM DUNK TITLE

You are just a terrible writer that is unable to form your own opinion.
RWM

Greer, SC

#11 Jun 30, 2010
I'm sick of hearing about this over payed young man who main contribution to society is that he can play basketball. Good luck to him but I don't want to read about him every day.
fedup

Millersburg, OH

#12 Jun 30, 2010
Someone forces you to read about him?
JAG

Columbus, OH

#13 Jun 30, 2010
Cbus Iraq Vet wrote:
<quoted text>
Jordan(with an a not an o) didn't win those championships by himself. He had Pippen, Kerr, Cartwright, Stacy King, Hodges to help him with that. No one "star" can win a championship by themselves. Kobe Bryant found this out as soon as Shaq left the Lakers. Educate yourself a little more before you speak.
Pippen, yes. Horace Grant, yes. Stacy King? They won in spite of that draft bust and the rest of those dudes were similar to the cast of role players Cleveland has now.

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#14 Jun 30, 2010
Big Buckeye Fan wrote:
Who gives a shizola about this overpaid, whinny, punk. He proved his metal in game 5 and that did it for me. Did Jordon act like this when he was on his way to winning his championships. NO! If LJ is so great, why do you have to get other greats to surround him to win a championship. That's because LJ is not a champion by himself and never can be.
Hmmmm, no player can win a Championship by himself. Jordan had Pippen (and lots of solid role players during his 6 Championship runs). Kobe had Shaq with him for his first 3 titles, Pau Gasol for his 4th title, and Ron Artest for his 5th. Kobe could not have won his rings without that cast of great players around him.

I'm of the opinion that Mike Brown's relationship with Lebron was strained during the post-season due to their differences in how line-ups were being used -- and who was actually in the line up? Brown has become almost a footnote in all of the hype surrounding what James is going to do.

But without a doubt, Lebron will need help to win a championship wherever he goes.--And a coach who knows how to manage those players well.

I mentioned Jordan & Kobe (above)... they both had Phil Jackson coaching them.

John
CRC

Snoqualmie Pass, WA

#15 Jun 30, 2010
Even if Cleveland can get 6-foot-10 swing forward Chris Bosh through a sign-and-trade with Toronto - using Antawn Jamison and perhaps J.J. Hickson as bait - it would not measurably improve the Cavs' chances to win an NBA title.

-- I am having a hard time understanding why this would not improve the cavs chances. This would never happen, but if it did in some Pao Gasol/Kevin Garnett type transaction this would make the Cavs the favorite to win it all in the upcomming years. It would make sure the 5 superstars would stay somewhat spread out within the East and allow them to compete with the Lakers. Typical Dispatch writer, you can only talk about one knowledgable subject and thats OSU football so why dont you just stick to that.
cavs fan in broncoland

Louisville, CO

#16 Jun 30, 2010
Ok, help me out here: he can't go to Miami because both he and DWade need the ball; but what he needs to be successful in Cle is a point guard? Wouldn't a true PG take the ball out of his hands?
What CLE needs is a 2nd (and 3rd) scoring threat that doesn't go in the toilet when the playoffs come. What CLE doesn't need to do is throw away JJ (couldn't we have had Amare if we were so willing?).
And, we need a coach who will adjust during the game; and demand his players (with an 's' on the end; not just LBJ) listen and play accordingly.
traveler

Washington Court House, OH

#17 Jun 30, 2010
What a crock!! Who gives good ??????? where he goes or if he goes.
For GOD sakes he's just a pro athlete, not someone who can make a difference in this world.
Quit burning up ink and celluloid to report on something this trivial!!!!
svc

Toledo, OH

#18 Jun 30, 2010
cavs fan in broncoland wrote:
Ok, help me out here: he can't go to Miami because both he and DWade need the ball; but what he needs to be successful in Cle is a point guard? Wouldn't a true PG take the ball out of his hands?
What CLE needs is a 2nd (and 3rd) scoring threat that doesn't go in the toilet when the playoffs come. What CLE doesn't need to do is throw away JJ (couldn't we have had Amare if we were so willing?).
And, we need a coach who will adjust during the game; and demand his players (with an 's' on the end; not just LBJ) listen and play accordingly.
Amare Stoudemire is known for being moody, playing inconsistently and rarely breaking a sweat on defense. Did you see him against the Lakers? Sure, he had big games but that was only after he mailed in the first two. Amare also gets frustrated when he doesn't get the ball the majority of the time. Do you think he'd really want to play in Cleveland?

JJ impressed me last year and I think he has the potential to work himself into being one of the top 5 power forwards in the game. I'd like to hold on to him and find away to rotate him through the 4 and 5 spots with Varejao, Shaq, Z and Jamison. I still think that JJ on KG in the Boston series would have been more effective than Jamison drawing that tough assignment. Jamison plays more like a small forward. He's got some slick moves in the low post but no presence on defense down there.

LeBron can't go to Miami because Wade wants to run the offense. It's not about who has the ball, it's who leads the team. Wade wants to dictate the flow of the game and so does LeBron. LeBron doesn't want a scorign point guard, he wants a QB-type. Somebody like Jason Kidd would be a fit for him. Otherwise, LBJ needs to be the point.
K-Roc

Newark, OH

#19 Jun 30, 2010
Let's keep it real. The Cavs in so many ways have abducated control to LeBron. He is their franchise player. They need to quit any pretense of anyone else making decisions. First thing, ask LeBron who does he want as coach. Hire them. Make it happen. 2nd, ask him what singular player does he want as running mate. Acquire them. 3rd, Shaq, bye.
4th, Get an athletic, physical 5 post player. He has not had one.
5th, bump up some of his crew in pay and perks. That will make the bond stronger. He loves his peeps. 6th, get rid of Delonte, he just has to go.
7th, Build him a studio to lay down his beats. 8th, Get him an acting coach. He will be looking to transition someday. If Will Smith can make bank acting, you best believe that LeBron thinks he can. 9th, hold LeBron days at least once a month with ceremonies to lift high his name. 10th,
buy everyone on in Akron a pair of Nike's when new LeBron shoes come out. I think this will get it done. If not, there is always someone like Artest,
Iverson, or Marbury to get it done when he goes out to Chi-Town. Holla Holla Holla!!!!!!!
svc

Toledo, OH

#20 Jun 30, 2010
K-Roc wrote:
Let's keep it real. The Cavs in so many ways have abducated control to LeBron. He is their franchise player. They need to quit any pretense of anyone else making decisions. First thing, ask LeBron who does he want as coach. Hire them. Make it happen. 2nd, ask him what singular player does he want as running mate. Acquire them. 3rd, Shaq, bye.
4th, Get an athletic, physical 5 post player. He has not had one.
5th, bump up some of his crew in pay and perks. That will make the bond stronger. He loves his peeps. 6th, get rid of Delonte, he just has to go.
7th, Build him a studio to lay down his beats. 8th, Get him an acting coach. He will be looking to transition someday. If Will Smith can make bank acting, you best believe that LeBron thinks he can. 9th, hold LeBron days at least once a month with ceremonies to lift high his name. 10th,
buy everyone on in Akron a pair of Nike's when new LeBron shoes come out. I think this will get it done. If not, there is always someone like Artest,
Iverson, or Marbury to get it done when he goes out to Chi-Town. Holla Holla Holla!!!!!!!
LeBron doesn't want direct influence over front office operations. He doesn't like what it would do to his image and he doesn't want to undermine the authority of the team over other players.

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