Stegall: Cleveland just could not catch a break

Steve SamsContributor IJuly 15, 2010

MIAMI - JULY 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat greets fans as he is introduced during a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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This time last year, it was the same old story for LeBron James and the Cavaliers.  The low feeling of being denied yet another NBA championship.  Also the same story about how GM Danny Ferry and Owner Dan Gilbert are promising their "King" and patient fans that things will get better and that they will do their very best to add key pieces to the roster to ultimately put the team over the top.  With LeBron James, the King hoisting that Finals trophey in front of thousands of screaming Cleveland fans.  The ultimate utopia for a Cleveland fan.

However, this offseason has been a little bit different than the typical Cavs offseason.  The same story about missing a shot at an NBA championship is still present.  The management's promise to get better was still there.  But at the end of "The Decision", King James of Cleveland has moved to another castle, with palm trees and warm beaches.  Castle de Miami with Sir Dwayne and Arch Duke Bosh.

The Cavaliers approached this offseason very aggressively as they fired GM Danny Ferry and Head Coach Mike Brown in hopes that LeBron would approve.  Firing Ferry was probably the wrong decision, but firing Brown was approved by LeBron.  But instead of hiring a high profile coach such as Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo or luring away an experienced coach such as Phil Jackson, the Cavaliers settled on ESPN analyst and former Hornets and Nets coach Byron Scott, which ultimately didn't keep the King.   

During LeBron's tenure, the Cavaliers have experimented with many different running mates such as Larry Hughes, Shaq, and Antwon Jamison.  All, in some way helped the Cavaliers reach the playoffs, but none helped LeBron win that NBA Championship.  Despite these somewhat successful moves for the Cavs (not so much Hughes), it just wasn't enough to keep LeBron 

The minute the Cavs took LeBron James out of Saint Vincent St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Cavaliers fans fell in love.  In his seven year career, the Quicken Loans arena sold out every game to watch and show support for their beloved home town hero.  But despite all of this support and devotion Cavs fans and the city of Cleveland for that matter showed LeBron, it just wasn't enough. 

And when LeBron decided that he would test the waters in Free Agency, the Cavaliers worked hard to keep their star as they encouraged Cavalier fans to stand outside LeBron central in Akron and hold up a poster that simply said "Home".  Heck, they evern showed LeBron a special episode of Family Guy just for him.  They worked up to the last day to keep their star as at one point, it seemed as if they were on the verge of acquiring Raptors forward Chris Bosh in a sign and trade deal with Toronto.  Bosh, however had other ideas and decided to go and "join Mr. Wade in Miami."  Despite all of this hard work and trade negotiations, it just wasn't enough to keep James.

Despite all that the city of Cleveland, his home has done to keep him, King James decided to "take his talents to South Beach" and join Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in Miami leaving Cleveland sports fans in complete disarray.  They just can't seem to catch a break.

Even without James, the Cavs still have point guard Mo Williams and forward Antwon Jamison and can still be a low seed in the new and revamped Eastern Conference.  However in this "star-studded" free agent class with the loss of he who must not be named, they have only been able to sign Rockets restricted free agent Kyle Lowry, who is expected to return to the Rockets after they match Cleveland's offer.

Although many believe Owner Dan Gilbert's letter to Cavs fans was completely out of line and an overreaction, it sets the mood of what Cleveland is feeling, strong frustrating words in all caps.

This LeBron fiasco can just add to the famous "The" list for Cleveland.  "The Drive", "The Move", "The Fumble", "The Shot", and now finally "The Decision".