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Is the Tide Turning in Cleveland?

ATLANTA - MAY 11:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after scoring a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 11, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Chris GrinsteadCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

From MJ's shot over Craig Ehlo, to the annual Browns' regular season showings, things have been tough for Cleveland fans.

As a Cleveland native and lifelong fan, I sit here humbly saying that the tide could be turning.

It all starts with the new-found success of the Cleveland Cavaliers this year.

Everyone will admit, if they are being honest with themselves, that they did not think the Cavs would have the best record in the Eastern Conference, much less the top record in the NBA.

For that I would like to congratulate GM Danny Ferry. He has turned this Cavaliers squad into a formidable foe with the acquisition of Delonte West, Mo Williams, Ben Wallace, and Joe Smith, among others, over the past few years.

Since these key pickups, the Cavs have flourished. 

Before the season started, no one could have predicted a 66-16 record for the Cavs, or a record eight straight double-digit wins to start the postseason.

The Cavs easily swept their first two postseason series against the rival Detroit Pistons and the young Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavaliers franchise is now in search of its first NBA title.

They have, on the surface, cruised into the Eastern Conference Finals. However, behind the scenes, they continually played with the intensity of a pit bull that smells blood.

If the Cavs can bring home the title, LeBron will inevitably stay in Cleveland, along with the majority of his supporting cast.

Sorry, New York. Maybe you should just focus on the draft!

So, if you get nothing else out of this article, I want you to at least walk away with this main point: Mark my words, if LeBron stays in Cleveland, they will become a dynasty as long as Ferry plays his cards right. 

With his track record thus far, I have the utmost confidence that Ferry will bring all of us championship-deprived Cleveland fans to the Promised Land with the help of James and his cohorts.

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