LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-89 loss to the Boston Celtics proved why the Cavs won't win a title this year. Although the Cavs acquired Shaquille O'Neal during the offseason, it's obvious that King James needs more help if he wants to win a ring any time soon. Here are five reasons why LeBron will be watching the 2010 NBA Finals, rather than playing in them.
Bringing Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland was a good idea for the Cavs but it wasn't a great one. Shaq has only averaged 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds so far through three games as the "Big Witness." Although O'Neal can still contribute, the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer is on the back end of his career. This was evident opening night when Shaq only put up 10 points and 10 boards, which is not much different then the numbers Zydrunas Ilgauskas put up last season.
Last year Kevin Garnett's knee injury was the main reason the Cleveland Cavaliers had the NBA's best record. Before KG injured his knee in February, the Celtics had the best record in the Eastern Conference and seemed to be on a crash course for a rematch against the L.A. Lakers in the NBA Finals. Although the C's lost Garnett, they still pushed the Orlando Magic to seven games in the playoffs, something that the Cavs could not do. With a healthy Garnett and the acquisition of Rasheed Wallace, the Cavs are no match for the Celtics.
Cleveland Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry dropped the ball during the offseason after he failed to make a serious run at free agents like Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza, Ron Artest, Rasheed Wallace, Hedo Turkoglu, and Charlie Villanueva. Any of these acquisitions would have given the Cavs the versatile threat they desperately needed in the playoffs. It would have also given LeBron James his Scottie Pippen, something he needs in order to win a ring in Cleveland.
Last year Mo Williams averaged 17.8 points and 4.1 assists during the regular season but his performance dropped in the playoffs. His inconsistent play in clutch situations against the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals is one of the reasons the Cavs were "sent fishing." Williams and fellow guard Delonte West were both outplayed in the Atlanta Hawks and Magic series. This trend continued against the Celtics on opening night when Williams was outplayed by Rajon Rondo.
The L.A. Lakers acquisition of Ron Artest pretty much ensures that all title hopes go through the Staples Center. With Artest roaming around, Kobe Bryant no longer has to guard their opponents best player. It also gives the Lakers that fierce toughness they lacked last season. Phil Jackson now has Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Artest, and Bryant to post up smaller players. This will make the triangle offense nearly unstoppable against a team like Cleveland, even if LeBron manages to lead them to the NBA Finals.