LeBron received more than he gave, Jim Chones says: Terry Pluto

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Edsel Alexander

Cleveland, OH

#1 Aug 22, 2010
Aaaahhhh, a voice of reason.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#2 Aug 25, 2010
Before I address what Mr. Chones wrote, let me state: LeBron James may be the most pampered, ego-driven, over-hyped athlete of the last decade.

Having said that, he is also a two-time MVP, a perenial all-star who led a team of inferior talent to the first conferene championship in Cleveland Cavaleer history.

If you were to check the value of the Cleveland franchise now as compaired to before he was drafted by them, you would see a substantial difference. He single-handedly transformed that team into a money maker for its owner, and for the City of Cleveland.

He gave that franchise SEVEN years.

Let me repeat that... SEVEN years of all-star play, two MVP years and a legit shot at their first major sports title in DECADES, and Jim Chones is telling me that LeBron James should show more loyalty to them?

Jim Chones is stuck in the 1970's, the era in which he played in. Seven years. Most players in the NBA don't play for seven years, why does Chones belive that James owes them more than that?

The owner has his money. Money he could have frankly used to get free agents that could have better contributed to a championship run than what he brought in.

Look at the free agents that signed with other teams over the last four years alone:

Garnett
Allen
Lewis
Artest
Gassol
Billups
Iverson

None of them was approached by Cleveland. Before someone asks what LeBron has done for them, they should seriously look at what they did not do. Suddenly, the Heat pulled off what Cleveland did not consider doing. The KEPT their superstar athlete, and anexed their effort by getting not one, but TWO first-team all-star players!

There is a difference between franchises like the Cavaleers and the LA Lakers. The Lakers stay contenders by getting the tools they need to win. The Cavaleers DRAFTED LeBron James, otherwise they never would have had a chance at him. Free-agents at the time he was drafted wanted no part of that place, and now that he is gone they are doomed to go back to where they were, because their owner proved to every elite player in the league that they are not committed to winning.

Cleveland, you are what you are and that is why you have what you have.

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