LeBron James, Clinton Portis in The Same Boat and Sinking

Travis EvansCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2009

When both LeBron James and Clinton Portis came into two of the most athletic sports leagues out there, they both had high expectations. After both of their rookie seasons, the Cavaliers and Broncos were thinking their time has come.

Little did CP26 know he would be shipped to the Washington Redskins in his third season. The Redskins have dropped off the deep playoff pushes because they really haven’t had a quarterback since the days of Williams, Ripen, and Theisman. Well, Clinton has pounded the ball for the Redskins and taken a few years off of his wild career. Now, as the best Redskin, he needs offensive help and hasn't got it in years.

LeBron was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was a junior in high school and since has been featured a lot in the sports world. Now that they Cavaliers didn't meet their potential, everyone wants to hate on them, bashing the Shaq trade and claiming they have gotten worse.

Sasha, Wallace and Wally combined only averaged 6.8 points per game, 1.3 assists per game, and 8.4 rebounds per game, and they have been replaced by Shaq, Moon, and Parker, who average 32.5 points, 5.4 assists, and 15.4 rebounds.

How can you possibly argue that they have gotten worse when obviously they have gotten better? The stats say twice as better as last year. But this is this not my article.

LeBron and CP26 are getting older and older with no rings. This is the "Jordan Year" when Michael Jordan won his first title. Clinton on the other hand thought the Super Bowl was in his reach for the first time ever, and then the world collapsed and the Redskins’ Cinderella story was over.

Two great players and their legacies rely on other players, because unfortunately, they aren't the whole team. Shaq is Clinton's Jason Campbell; both are criticized all the time now and many fans on other teams don't see the potential.

So in the 2009 season, I'm calling it the "teammates" year, because two players legacies hang in their balance.