Allow me to explain.
While at a business conference in Israel, the Cavaliers head coach decided to hold nothing back when riffing on James' value to Cleveland, per Keith Britton of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland (h/t Slam Magazine):
Keith Britton @KeithBritton86
.@IAmDPick tells @BullandFox David Blatt compared LeBron to Moses in terms of what he means to Cleveland and the #Cavs fan base2015-7-2 22:08:21
This correlation doesn't quite fly, as Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal notes:
Adam Fromal @fromal09
Wonder if David Blatt realizes how long Moses had to spend wandering in the desert. Not like he had a fighter pilot to speed up the process.2015-7-3 21:32:02
When he was done comparing James to a prominent figure in Abrahamic religions, Blatt then decided to sneak in a championship prediction:
Keith Britton @KeithBritton86
.@IAmDPick confirms on @BullandFox David Blatt ended speech yesterday in Israel: "and we're gonna win the championship next season" #Cavs2015-7-2 22:17:15
This is something we can work with, and it's not at all unreasonable.
The Cavaliers finished two victories shy of a title this past season, and they came that close while playing at less than full strength. They lost Kevin Love in Game 4 of Round 1, while Kyrie Irving left the floor for good in the closing minutes of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Especially when that help is on the way.
Or rather, on its way back.
Irving was already locked up for the next half-decade and should be good to go by next season. Love is now in the same boat after agreeing to a five-year max deal to stay in Cleveland, which he announced himself via the Players' Tribune. And his return cannot be understated.
At its core, Love's decision to remain in Cleveland is, as CBS Sports' Matt Moore points out, a commitment to winning at any personal cost:
Hardwood Paroxysm @HPbasketball
Also props to Kevin Love for choosing wins over star power.2015-7-1 19:01:37
Tristan Thompson, a restricted free agent, probably isn't going anywhere either.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports that contract talks have stalled between the restricted free agent and Cleveland, but as Windhorst and colleague Marc Stein previously noted, the Cavaliers seem likely to relent and give Thompson a deal worth more than $80 million.
So it looks like the band will stay together—the same band that, according to NBA.com, maintained the league's third-best net rating once Moses James returned from his two-week sabbatical in mid-January.
Comparing James to Moses is admittedly, um, odd. But everyone speaks in hyperbole from time to time, and Blatt was only trying to convey, albeit in politically incorrect fashion, James' peerless value to the Cavaliers. He's irreplaceable to their championship hopes, and Blatt just wants us to know it.
Really, there's nothing wrong with what Blatt said. Any of it. Especially the whole guaranteeing-a-championship thing.
It's easy to argue, even downright believe, the Cavaliers will finish next season hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy because that's exactly what they're capable of doing.