Cleveland Cavaliers' Best Chance To Keep LeBron James? Name Him Coach and GM

Hadarii JonesSenior Writer IJune 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05:  NBA basketball player LeBron James receives the Unstoppable Jock Award onstage during Spike TV's 4th Annual 'Guys Choice Awards' held at Sony Studios on June 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. 'Guys Choice' premieres June 20, 2010 at 10PM ET/PT on Spike.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Reports surfaced earlier today which said the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching job had been offered to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, and if this is true yet another chapter has been added to the LeBron James saga.

Izzo seems much better suited to prowl the college sidelines than the NBA's, and besides, the solutions to all of the Cavaliers' problems could be right in front of owner Dan Gilbert's eyes.

The offseason of the Cavaliers has been in flux since Cleveland was first upset by Boston in the second round of the postseason, terminated coach Mike Brown's contract, and witnessed the resignation of GM Danny Ferry.

If that isn't enough, this just happens to be the most important summer in the history of Cleveland's franchise because if they fail to re-sign James, the future of the team will take on a decidedly different look.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and fate may have opened up a window for the Cavaliers, that is, if they have the courage to try a move which would revolutionize the rest of the NBA.

Dan Gilbert should announce he is installing James as the Cavaliers interim head coach and general manager, and delegate him with the task of building the Cavaliers into a championship team.

Before you dismiss the idea as outlandish, remember the Washington Wizards had a similar arrangement with Michael Jordan, and just because he was unsuccessful doesn't mean that James has to be.

It would be a great test of NBA commissioner David Stern's control over the league, and it would finally give James the final word in crafting his own legacy, not to mention the shockwaves it would permeate through the league.

Most people feel Stern's leadership is not much better than what we receive from our federal government, and if he would ever let a deal like this happen, all of his devices would be exposed.

Everything from officiating to free agency has been a point of contention during Stern's tenure as NBA commissioner, and approval of James as Cavaliers' head coach and general manager would be the icing on the cake.

And imagine the possibilities with James at the helm?

Gilbert could pay him as a member of management so his compensation wouldn't count against the salary cap, and the Cavaliers would be free to pursue 2010's biggest free agents with little concern for financial restraints.

Do you think Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh wouldn't want to join the Cavaliers with James as their head coach, and the guy who negotiates their contracts?

The nasty rumors concerning teammate Delonte West and James's mother Gloria would disappear because LeBron could trade his contract to the newest Middle Eastern expansion team in Baghdad, Iraq.

Those subpar performers who have been masquerading as James's supporting cast would all receive their walking papers (Mo Williams, this means you), and LeBron would be free to choose or discard any player not fit for a king's presence.

Cleveland would become the real mecca of basketball, as highly regarded free agents flocked to the king's court, and Madison Square Garden would finally be free of a title it really doesn't deserve anyway.

In fact, the center of the basketball universe would likely shift towards Ohio, because James would command the attention of the basketball world, and no one would dare make a move without his blessings, for fear of reprisals.

James's dreams of completely branding himself would be realized, and the city of Cleveland would finally be free of the championship misery they have suffered for so long.

All it takes is one simple, defiant move from Gilbert to shape the future course of the NBA and change professional basketball forever.

Not to mention, it would be a lot more interesting than all of the other ridiculous speculation about James' free agency that are currently dominating the media's airwaves.

C'mon on, Dan, give us something to really talk about. If people think the Antawn Jamison deal at the trade deadline was questionable, imagine what they would say about this.


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