The blame game | The Columbus Dispatch

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LeBron James' dispassionate play in Game 5 hurt the Cavs, but he had help from management in ruining their season.

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Since: Sep 09

Bellefontaine, OH

#1 May 15, 2010
The mystery game for me in the Boston-Cleveland series wasn't Game-5 when a lethargic James scored 15 meaningless points, and the Cavs were run out of the gym by 30.-But rather it was Game-3 when the Cavaliers won by 29 points, and "Lebron" was as dominating as he's ever been.--And so were his high priced teammates.

That game put the Cavs up 2-1 in the series, and all was right with the world. "The plan" was working and Orlando and LA were put on notice. And then the enigma better known as Lebron James slipped into a phone booth and came out as something other than superman?

James has a critical weakness -- and it's not basketball related. His weakness resides from the neck-up. He's much too given to mood swings, mellow-drama, petulance, and simply shutting down his game for long stretches of time - for reasons only he understands?

The question in my mind isn't whether James stays in Cleveland or goes elsewhere, but rather, what other NBA superstar will want to play side-by-side with him, and accept all of the schizophrenia and on-again, off-again greatness that we've come to know of and from "The King"?
sterling buck

Groveport, OH

#2 May 15, 2010
Rob-you nailed it. Go back to last year against Orlando. The Cavs response to that series loss was to go out and get Shaq to stop Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard wasn't the problem, stopping Hedo Turkolu and the pick and roll was the problem. The Cavs did nothing to fix that and it showed again against the Celtics. Boston knew Cleveland couldn't defend the pick and roll and took advantage of it, among other things. So now where does Cleveland go from here? If they are to keep LeBron, I believe that Brown and Ferry will have to be sent packing. They have had plenty of time to produce a championship, and have failed. Let Shaq go, he is not the answer, and bring in some guards that can defend (the fact that Rondo torched the Cavs is proof enough that the Cavs need an upgrade here). That and get a coach that will tell LeBron what to do instead of letting LeBron run the show. Cavs fans have to pray that LeBron doesn't leave, but does he feel a championship is possible in Cleveland? Or will he look elsewhere (most likely). This is a problem if James leaves, and if he does, does this franchise survive? We will know the answers soon enough.
Cavs Fan

Dublin, OH

#3 May 15, 2010
The King????
The King of what?????
LeBron is clearly not the best player in the game today. He does NOT make anyone around him better. He can not close out games, like Kobe as an example. He flat out disappears in games for long stretches of time. He is the most self centered player this game has ever seen!! He just did not want those wins against the Celtics bad enough to attempt to take over those games and lead his team to victory. His whole problem is in his own head, and until he can solve it, he will never win anything.
If he chooses to leave, I can see him being the most hated person in Cleveland, even more so than Art Modell. If he does leave, he deserves every hatred that comes his way. Winning championships for Cleveland was what he claimed he is going to do. Ok, he said it. Where is the title?? When LeBron??? Championships???
Dont quit on the fans. Grow up. Stay put, win those championships.
Tom Heese

Dublin, OH

#4 May 15, 2010
Carson Palmer. Rick Nash. LeBron James.
These three all have one thing in common. Every one of these guys runs their big mouth and never produce a championship. Enough said.
Gerald Waugh

AOL

#5 May 15, 2010
Guess this is what happens when you think a " name " will win you a Championship. Sometimes it does take talent ..... not a big name or a big paycheck.
Joe

Powell, OH

#6 May 15, 2010
People call Lebron the "Chosen One", in reality he is the "Choking One", when the playoffs start!

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#7 May 15, 2010
Nice work Rob, really. I meant it. It takes a huge set of balls to write a derivative opinion piece. What I really liked is that you offered no original thoughts or localized insight. To top it off, you have proven throughout the year that you don't know diddly poo about basketball and that your interest in the Cavs is passing at best.

Before I label LeBron a quitter I want to see what happens this summer. He might need some therapy or surgery on that elbow which might account for his less than stellar play down the stretch.

I think that Dan Gilbert and Danny Ferry have done the best they could. This team has won over 120 games over the last two years. How are they not a legitimate contender? Last year they were undone by a hot shooting Orlando team and this year they drew a Celtics team that got healthy and motivated at the right time.

You're a tool, Oller. A gutless tool who is in dire need of a brain.
Celtics Fan

Hayward, CA

#8 May 15, 2010
Folks, you got beat by a better TEAM.

Everything about it from how they defended Lebron to how they move the ball around.

I know it hurts, but, it was a thing of beauty.

Besides, Cleveland never wins.

Didn't you know that?
Hdworship

Hilliard, OH

#9 May 15, 2010
How soon people forget. Taking a team to the finals and scoring 60 against Detroit. Did he have the will to win then? Kobe won four championships with a supporting cast that produced in the playoffs. Three with Shaq and he was the MVP of the finals. If Lebron played for Orlando or LA they would win four titles. Lebron played his heart out this year and was clutch. No body wants to win more than this guy. Where was his support in the playoffs? Kick a man when he is down. Obviously he was playing hurt.
Jane G

Dublin, OH

#10 May 15, 2010
Tom Heese wrote:
Carson Palmer. Rick Nash. LeBron James.
These three all have one thing in common. Every one of these guys runs their big mouth and never produce a championship. Enough said.
This is the best summary of Ohio professional sports anyone has posted in many years. Ohio has MILLIONS of mouthing off fans & players, that very rarely ever produce anything. Last Ohio team to win was the Reds in 1990. Cavs?? Bengals?? Browns??
Blue Jackets?? A grand total of NOTHING!! Just loses.
Pardon me, I forgot for a second the soccer team. The Crew did win the MLS Cup a couple years back. Way to go Crew!!
jay

Katonah, NY

#11 May 15, 2010
yeah, i agree 1000000000000%. Also, I couldnt have said it any better. I have followed basketball since the jordan era and have always enjoyed the nba as a pasttime. I have been a witness to many incredible shots, drives and unbelievable dunks. Many great names, many great games and an endless list of players with HEART. To me, watching 2 teams go full throttle against each other is the best way to spend time in front of the tv. We see it all the time from kobe, from steve nash, deron williams. PLAYERS WITH HEART. with DESIRE, with discipline and RESPECT for the game and the fans that fill up the arenas. Then we have JEBRON LAMES. SURE he can hit a 45 foot jump shot, dunk on a whole team all the while rapping his favorite jayz song out loud. Yes he is strong, and tall and very quick. thats where it ends. I like his new nickname : "video game james". If we look at his stats from that aspect, you will see that this nickname fits him well.
strength: 100/100
speed: 97/1001
skill: 90/100
wow factor: 95/100
discipline: 10/100
clutch: 25/100
desire: 25/100
heart: 10/100.
i know alot of you may hate me for being honest. i could care less. Im from new york and a huge jordan fan. I was a jebron lames fan for the past 8 years......until thursday night.

Now can someone do me a favor and take the nba's current theme song "WINNER", and edit it with JEBRON LAMES footage from game 5 and 6. then rewrite the lyrics and change the title to "QUITTER". Maybe jayz can write it and beyonce can sing it.
someone needs to smack lebron and let him know that he failed as a leader, human being, a player, a teammate. MOST OF ALL, he failed as someone who millions of kids look up to and admire.
I guess if i was spoiled from 17 years old with expensive cars, jewelry and all the money he has....i too would be a soulless baboon. but i would be a soulless baboon with HEART and desire. THAT IS SOMETHING MONEY CAN NEVER BUY. jebron lames is going to be the next charles barkley. Actually no, im sorry mr barkley. you actually seem like a swell standup guy. jebron lames will be the next allen iverson. Lj23 is already full of himself with no championship rings. sooner or later hes going to start realizing that he is getting old and cant win a championship. jebron lames, the queen of drama.
Coop

Atlanta, GA

#12 May 15, 2010
I'm sick of hearing about how great this guy thinks he is. He is no Michael Jordan. His only concern is how fast he can get to New York to be next to his reach around buddy Jay-Z. Winners have heart and he has none. The supporting cast is a joke with the exception of Shaq. The problem is this guy has been having his azz kissed since he was in the 7th grade. He is as mature as a high school senior. Your job is to play basketball, not act like your at a rap concert. Grow up. After the likes of Kobe, Tim Duncan, Shaq and a few other retire I will never be a fan of pro basketball. Just like in all sports we are giving the world to men, who are no better than the inmates in prison. Go get some more tats and count your money. Boy do I long for the NBA of the 80's and early 90's.

Since: Sep 09

Bellefontaine, OH

#13 May 15, 2010
Tom Heese wrote:
Carson Palmer. Rick Nash. LeBron James.
These three all have one thing in common. Every one of these guys runs their big mouth and never produce a championship. Enough said.
Rick Nash has never struck me as a guy who "runs his big mouth"? Has always seemed like a humble guy to me. In fact the rap on Nash is that he's too quiet to be a Captain. Explain why lumped Rick Nash in with Lebron and Palmer? I can think of several other candidates.
rcbgobucks11

Springfield, OH

#14 May 15, 2010
Boston is the better team. GO CELTICS!

Since: Feb 10

Lewis Center, OH

#15 May 15, 2010
John in Worthington wrote:
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Rick Nash has never struck me as a guy who "runs his big mouth"? Has always seemed like a humble guy to me. In fact the rap on Nash is that he's too quiet to be a Captain. Explain why lumped Rick Nash in with Lebron and Palmer? I can think of several other candidates.
I agree Nash isn't vocal. but like the King he quit. He got tired of playing the way the coach wanted him too and he quit this season. As big as that was his teammates quit and the captain is never suppose to let that happen.

As for Lebron I though for sure he would be back but he quit in game 5. It may take a few years but at some point I'm sure a story will come out that someone hure Lebron's feelings (didn't let someone from his entourage into a meeting or building for example). Again I don't think anyone knows for sure what happened but it will come out eventually, but I just really think someone ticked off Lebron and put him in his place before game 5.

As for the Cavs themselves, I think they likely blew their opportunity. Os Oller mentioned they never gave him the right complement. Shaq? Come on he's a funny guy but he was done last season. Jamison was a mistake especially since they could have gotten Amare. The bad thing is LeBron is going to have several teams chasing him (Cavs, Knicks, Nets, Bulls, Miami and Clippers at a minimum). I think LeBron will string them all along and it will be winner take all. A team like the Cavs if they lose out on LeBron won't have any chance of signing any of the other top tier free agents (likley wherever Lebron goes he takes another free agent star with him in a package deal, except if he goes to Chicago). Bottom line if they don't sign LeBron it may 10 years until they are competive again.
IT IS OBAMAS FAULT

Blacklick, OH

#16 May 15, 2010
Barack Hussein Obama is in charge therefore he bears the blame. Why do you pople need to be told?
kenmore

Akron, OH

#17 May 15, 2010
Had the cavs had some true point guard play (Telifair) I think they would have fared better, but wow the Boston team playing now is not the same Celtic team playing down the stretch.
Titusville Rob

Titusville, FL

#18 May 15, 2010
This Jabrony is gonna milk every last dime out of Cleveland and it still wont be enough, I need a better center, I need a better coach, blah blah blah. LB isn't and will never be a champion. His head is too big and he will never be a team player.
kenmore

Akron, OH

#19 May 15, 2010
@ PSL, without Lebron the cavs could be competitive if they were more team oriented, more movement on offense.
I PityThe Fool

Cleveland, OH

#20 May 15, 2010
John in Worthington wrote:
The mystery game for me in the Boston-Cleveland series wasn't Game-5 when a lethargic James scored 15 meaningless points, and the Cavs were run out of the gym by 30.-But rather it was Game-3 when the Cavaliers won by 29 points, and "Lebron" was as dominating as he's ever been.--And so were his high priced teammates.
That game put the Cavs up 2-1 in the series, and all was right with the world. "The plan" was working and Orlando and LA were put on notice. And then the enigma better known as Lebron James slipped into a phone booth and came out as something other than superman?
James has a critical weakness -- and it's not basketball related. His weakness resides from the neck-up. He's much too given to mood swings, mellow-drama, petulance, and simply shutting down his game for long stretches of time - for reasons only he understands?
The question in my mind isn't whether James stays in Cleveland or goes elsewhere, but rather, what other NBA superstar will want to play side-by-side with him, and accept all of the schizophrenia and on-again, off-again greatness that we've come to know of and from "The King"?
Very good points. Could it be something mental with King James? The world has been his oyster since, what, junior high and, maybe too rapidly, he has reached a mental state of boredom even as the money rolls in and millions adore him.

When you have everything in the world, what's next?

Most of us, never having been on that level, can't imagine how he feels. One thing's for sure, he won't be able to recapture his youth, and if that championship is important to him he'd better get out of Cleveland. Then again, maybe it's not so important to him. In that case, show up, collect the millions and forget everything else and try to be happy as possible.

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