This has nothing to do with their embarrassing home loss, and also, please I would prefer no one to make any comments about who I write about. I rarely write outside of my topics, but I've been thinking this for a while, and it appears to me, that the Cleveland Cavaliers haven't done right by LeBron James. So I will make it simple and sweet, avoid statistics and go by what I know.
He's the best player in the league, and he's yet to get a ring, he's yet to even compete in the NBA finals (not getting swept), it's really a sad story.
I look at the Oklahoma City Thunder getting Kevin Durant, and building around him. If you consider the fact that Kevin Durant will be in LeBron's class in maybe another year, they've set a model for how young teams should be built.
LeBron should have been no exception.
When you consider the fact that he's only 25 years of age, has been in the NBA since he was a teenager, and yet the Cavaliers haven't had a true "nucleus", it's been LeBron and his teammates.
Looking at Oklahoma City, it's Kevin Durant, Russel Westbrook and Jeff Green, complimented by James Harden, Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had ample time to develop talent, 7 years is more than enough time to get together a young powerful nucleus. The following year, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Luke Jackson over Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, J.R Smith, Jameer Nelson and Kevin Martin.
Not that they should be faulted, but a player that has come into the league dominating should have had the privilege of having young players to compliment his skills from the jump.
Here's a list of notable draft picks after LeBron was drafted that was selected after #20, from 2003-current.
- PF's and C's: Kendrick Perkins, David Lee, Serge Ibaka
- SG's/SF's: Josh Howard, Kevin Martin, Rudy Fernandez, Wilson Chandler
- PG's: Jameer Nelson, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry, Aaron Brooks, George Hill
Imagine LeBron James, Rudy Fernandez and Aaron Brooks tearing up the league. How about LeBron James, David Lee and Rajon Rondo?
From the jump, LeBron has had to bond with veteran players, and nothing has worked. The organization added Antawn Jamison and Shaquille O'Neal this last season, and it's looking like that's going down the drain. When you have genuine friends out on the court, the chemistry and intensity is immense among them.
I think LeBron should embrace his youth if he's to remain in Cleveland, and they ought to get a draft expert this offseason, and try to get some young talent and start over if they are to remain in Cleveland. LeBron has carried that team to the finals by himself, he can carry them to the playoffs just because he's "King", but in my opinion, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have simply put, handled it wrong.
Thanks for reading!