The blame game | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 14 comments on the May 15, 2010, Columbus Dispatch story titled The blame game | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

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

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Ron Hatch

Mooresville, NC

#21 May 15, 2010
IT IS OBAMAS FAULT wrote:
Barack Hussein Obama is in charge therefore he bears the blame. Why do you need to be told?
You just ruined an all ready bad week by the mentioning of Barack Hussein Obama. I'm counting the hours when I can go and vote against him. By the way didn't Lebron throw a big election party for him?
I PityThe Fool

Mentor, OH

#22 May 15, 2010
The GOD wrote:
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.
I also believe LeBron needs some therapy, some talk therapy. I truly believe something is wrong upstairs and think it might do him some good to confide in a good therapist. I do not mean this in a derogatory or demeaning way. None of us can imagine the pressures he is under.
I PityThe Fool

Mentor, OH

#23 May 15, 2010
Cavs Fan wrote:
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.
Why should he stay in Cleveland? Like Rob pointed out, they've had 7 years to use his extraordinary talents to win a championship, but I really don't know where the blame is. There's a thousand opinions. There's no guarantee a new team would have any better success since LeBron may rebel at being more aggressively coached.

A case can be made that he has been, for so long, the God Child that "making the rest of the team look good" is a foreign concept, but who's to know what's in his head?

The choice: Get out of Cleveland because it is, indeed, cursed, or stay and just collect your check and adoration. With your possession of most everything people aspire to, who cares about some championship? Maybe that's what he wrestling with.
Celtics Fan

San Francisco, CA

#24 May 15, 2010
Hmmmmm, can I hear, "Starting for the Celtics" - now TEAM ORIENTED Lebron James (heh heh heh...)

Ya gotta pass the ball SUPERSTAR.

It's always faster than running and bouncing.
I PityThe Fool

Mentor, OH

#25 May 15, 2010
Celtics Fan wrote:
Hmmmmm, can I hear, "Starting for the Celtics" - now TEAM ORIENTED Lebron James (heh heh heh...)
Ya gotta pass the ball SUPERSTAR.
It's always faster than running and bouncing.
And it was Kevin Garnett who passed on this piece of advice to King James: "You can never recapture your youth." Well spoken, from Kevin, who was "loyal" to Minnesota just like everyone expects LeBron to be "loyal" to Cleveland.

The Cavs had 7 years to make it happen. Get out of Cleveland now King James, unless it really doesn't make any difference to you.
Punt on 2nd down

United States

#26 May 15, 2010
This summed it up. Since he has been there he has need another go to guy. Every time they made a deal for Ben Wallace, Shaq, Jamison, etc etc I knew it still wasnt the piece they needed. Is the draft completely worthless? They have really gotten no one out of the draft since he has been here. I know they have been picking at the end of the draft but still, some of their draft picks have been worthless.

Resign Lebron and fire everyone in the front office, head coach, and bring in some solid leadership and minds.
Ron Hatch

Mooresville, NC

#27 May 15, 2010
Rob. I about half agree with you. But like another writer, how can Lebron go out and dominate in game 3 and fall apart in the next one. Game 6 was ok but for some reason he started turning the ball over which he rarely did in the regular season. I think it is called IMMATURE. He needed a couple years at Ohio State so he could learn what the word coach means.

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#28 May 15, 2010
The Cavs look like the other "go to" guy might be JJ Hickson. And the Cavs would have done much better against the Celtics with Hickson, Varejao, and Jamison getting minutes while Shaq cooled his heels and waited to put his body on Dwight Howard.

I also think that LeBron should be the point guard. Then you can stop wasting time with Mo Williams and his streaky play. LeBron doesn't play like a 3 anyway. When he doesn't have the ball he is always spotting up on the outside. A guy his size should be working in the low post more often.

Mike Brown let this team down. He failed to make adjustments and never found the right mix of personnel.
Buckeye Dave

Delphos, OH

#29 May 15, 2010
Cleveland needs a scapegoat and Coach Brown will soon get the axe. Can you see Coach Matta after that miserable game 5 performance if he coached the Cadavers!
traveler

Washington Court House, OH

#30 May 15, 2010
What a waste of time and good money to even watch one of these so called basketball games.
Celtics Fan

San Francisco, CA

#31 May 15, 2010
It's just a different game in the Playoffs - they have time to really study your team and figure you out. So, you have to use your head.

That's why SUPERSTARS seldom really dominate like they do during the regular season - why coaching and teamwork is key.
Andre237

Bristol, CT

#32 May 15, 2010
As fun as the "blame game" is, in the end it is still just a game (played mostly by children and/or die hard sports fans). But to the mature adults (who have lives or are true students of the game of basketball and its history) the CAV's were clearly out matched in play-off experience. That means that the playoff resumes of the CAVs starting line-up cannot compare to the playoff resumes of the Celtics. And everyone who was not on the Labron James band-wagon knew that before the play-offs started. The CAVs (though a good team) were pitted against a proven championship caliber team. Historically the no.1 seed does not always advance to the NBA finals. Many people myself included wanted the CAVs to win But we are not shocked or angry that they did not. This why the "blame game" is unwarranted. However it does give credence to the reason that the word "fan" comes from "fanatical" and not "reasonable".
Darryl

Columbus, OH

#33 May 16, 2010
Until LeBron wins a championship, he cannot be mentioned in the same sentence as Bird, Magic, Jordan, Kobe etc...true champions. LeBron at this point is just a guy who scores a lot of points and makes big money, like, Barkley, Malone, Dominique and Patrick, not bad company, but no championship, other than the Olympics and possibly high school, among them.
The Boston series has exposed LeBron, however, he is still young. I am hoping he goes to the Bulls, where, if he fails, he will hear not so nice comparisons between he and MJ, this should provide sufficient motivation for him to develop a killer instinct.
Celtics Fan

San Francisco, CA

#34 May 16, 2010
Well, it's old news now Cleveland.

Celtics grabbed the home court advantage over a new opponent today!

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