For the Cleveland Cavaliers. The beleaguered city of Cleveland took another devastating blow by the loss of King James, and despite the optimism tweeted by Mo Williams and the now infamous letter from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, this franchise is looking at a gloomy future. James scored or assisted for 48 percent of the Cavs offense in the 09-10 season. 48 percent! The Cavs have nobody who has the ability to pick up the slack on the pure basketball spectrum, let alone the highlight reels and revenue James brought in (maybe Mo Williams can leave us all dumbfounded after a dunk again though; see link on the right side of the page).
Dan Gilbert sure made an idiot out of himself on all fronts. He insulted the best thing that city has had in a while and foolishly predicted the Cavs would win a championship before the Triumvirate does in Miami. Sorry Dan, but the Cavs will not support the Ewing theory (for full explanation on the Ewing theory, go here: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1193711). Be grateful, Cleveland, for the 7 years of attention and relevancy LeBron brought to your city. Without LeBron, the franchise’s leading scorer would still be Brad Daugherty, who is now seen on ESPN as the lone black guy interested in NASCAR. And if the 2003 ping pong balls had bounced a little differently, the Grizzlies could have gotten the number one overall pick (instead they got the number 2 pick and had to give it up to Detroit), leaving the Cavs to settle possibly for…Darko Milicic!
I also want to use this moment of silence to pray for Byron Scott. He could have easily guided the Cavs to their third 60 win season in a row with LeBron on the squad, but now Scott is left with a roster capable of being the NBA version of “The Replacements.” Scott’s comment on Gilbert’s letter clearly displays his uncomfortable position; he knows his boss made a fool out of himself yet he cannot insult him in fear of losing his job, leaving him to settle for “(Gilbert) showed his passion to win last night.” If he just waited a year, he could have vied for the Lakers open coaching spot in 2011-12, but instead he is left to dwell on his unfruitful team from October to April. Cleveland: where heartbreak happens.