2011 NBA Draft: Why Losing LeBron James May Work out for Cleveland

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2011 NBA Draft: Why Losing LeBron James May Work out for Cleveland
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The Cleveland Cavaliers just landed the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the 2011 NBA Draft. If LeBron James re-signed with the Cavs at the end of last season, that wouldn't have happened.

Some may think this resembles a consolation prize, but that's a very skin-deep evaluation. In terms or ranking any one player—especially a prospect—against LeBron James, no one compares. LeBron is simply too good to put any active player against him in terms of value.

However, when LeBron left, he sent Cleveland into an absolute tailspin. Shots back and forth between the Cavaliers and LeBron ensued, but nothing hurt more than the 42-point loss that Cleveland suffered.

Maybe Cleveland was a little harsh on their virtual ex-communication of LeBron, but it doesn't matter right now.

Here's five reasons why the Cavaliers can see the silver lining in losing the former face of their franchise.

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