Danny Ferry Resigns, So LeBron James Is The Cleveland Cavaliers New GM

Ross LipschultzAnalyst IJune 5, 2010

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Seeing as today is my birthday, I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. If there was one day out of the year the world should not try to mess with me, ‘twas today.

That means you too, laundry machines.

Someone upstairs must have thought my 20th trip around the sun was worthy of great happenings, because Danny Ferry’s resignation was a perfect present for me.

Lakers fans rejoice, because the Cavs are crumbling.

First Mike Brown, who won more than 60 percent of his games as head coach, got a pink slip and now Danny Ferry, a previously lauded executive, is out. Hmm… I wonder why?

Hey Bill Russell!

Guess who’s joining you in the player-coach elite?

Ric Bucher made the point today on ESPNNews that these firings are Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s way of saying, “LeBron, we will do whatever it takes to keep you.” Others have said this is Gilbert’s way of asserting control over operations on the road to being a Cuban-esque owner.

My theory?

He might as well move to Cuba, because he has no power left.

This “mutual parting” by Gilbert and Danny Ferry ceded more ground to King James than the Louisiana Purchase.

Fo’ free.

It’s okay to think that Gilbert will make decisions and be more active in hiring a new coach for the Cavaliers. Too bad ‘Bron will have to let him off his leash first.

It’s understandable if Ferry and Gilbert came to this agreement because Ferry didn’t want Gilbert’s fingerprints on all of his work. That’s fine, no one likes a watchdog.

Especially if he can’t realize how instrumental Ferry was to bringing in role players like Antawn Jamison, Shaquille O’Neal, and Mo Williams to surround James.

Every King needs his peons. Gilbert should get used to kneeling.

Like Jenna Jameson.

Many people have also argued that Brown and Ferry made great teams for the regular season, but not the postseason. However, should they be the ones who are responsible for their players standing and watching LeBron as opposed to helping him out?

No, that’s the same sickness that fell over the Lakers after Shaq left. Superstars get stared at.

I also understand the argument that getting rid of Ferry and Brown allows the Cavs to get new management. But if I’m a potential coach, and I see Brown get canned after two seasons with the NBA’s best record, can I hope to be around for very long.

Well, at least I have LeBron. Oh, wait…

And if I’m a potential GM, and I see Ferry get canned after turning rosters with Larry Hughes as the second option into a rosters with other All-Stars as a supporting cast, and I know the owner will be all up in my business, can I think I will be anything more that just a guy with a title?

Hooray, I get to be the Queen of England! Except I live in Reuters’ most miserable city in America.

Some have argued that Gilbert will try to bring in a powerful and big name coach to appease LeBron. While Brown merely wanted to coach, the Cavs may be looking for someone who takes a more hands approach to personnel.

One problem. That isn’t a unique feature. The Bulls, Nets and Clippers are all seeking a coach, and have the resources to get LeBron and a big name guy on the sidelines.

And further, while there might be a big name coach available, the most rumored one that LeBron likes is his buddy John Calipari, who was just fantastic in the NBA before.

72-112 as a head coach. That’s as successful as Pluto Nash.

And sure, the Cavs could stick with replacement GM Cary Grant. I’m sure Ferry trained him well. The issue may be whether or not Grant can deal with being 4th in command to LeBron, Gilbert and the new head coach. He has turned down many GM opportunities elsewhere waiting for this day to come, and for what? A back seat?

If he wanted that, Jim Joyce could have robbed him of a perfect game too.

In the end, all of Gilbert’s moves depend on LeBron returning. Otherwise, he is left with an undesirable coaching vacancy, a young GM, and a contract-burdened roster with a bunch of role players.

Sounds like a problem. A Timberwolves-esque problem.

Gilbert may be showing dedication to LeBron, but he has also put all his eggs in one basket. And if that basket leaves town, realizing he gets no guaranteed improvement in staying?

Gilbert’s going to be lonelier than the Easter Bunny on Passover.

So what’s the solution? Go get a coach now. Don’t wait for LeBron to make a choice. Choose the guy you want. Show that you have a spine so he relies on management to get things done. You can make it a big name guy, but take the organization the direction you want.

Be like Rage Against the Machine, and take the power back.

Or get used to a lot more kneeling.

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