LeBron James Fallout: Can Mr. Jamison and Mr. O'Neal Please Step Up?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJuly 9, 2010

The former Cavs player, who is intentionally censored out of the picture, is now the No. 2 most-hated Cleveland sports figure behind Art Modell and he only has himself to blame for it.

Moving on to more optimistic pastures.

"The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you," wrote Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in a press statement after the decision was made by you-know-who.

Positive words with a touch of anger behind them from Gilbert. Gilbert now has some extra money for the Cavs to pursue other players, now that a former player has decided to take less money elsewhere and play second-fiddle to Dwayne Wade to help him win a ring.

The Cavs have Antawn Jamison, who is indeed a talented player himself, and they can always resign Shaquille O'Neal, who may not be as pricey as the $20 million he made in the 2009-2010 season.

If O'Neal has a heart and can sympathize with Clevelanders, then the best thing for him to do would be to resign with the Cavs and become a leader of the team.

Health may be an issue for O'Neal but the team and its fans need leaders to follow during this dark time, and whether or not Gilbert can get another big-time talent to sign with the Cavs or not, the Cavs still can have both Jamison and hopefully O'Neal on board for the 2010-2011 season to lead them to a hopeful playoff berth.

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Both Jamison and O'Neal should use the departure as motivation to play better than they ever have before in this upcoming season not only for themselves, but for the city of Cleveland and the fans too.

Hopeful is the key word though, but who knows and perhaps a young player like J.J. Hickson will step up and become a star for the Cavs.

No one knows for sure, but Gilbert really needs to go after resigning O'Neal and the trio of O'Neal, Jamison, and Mo Williams makes for a solid foundation for both the team to build on and for fans to still follow.

Is a Chris Paul trade possible?

Do not doubt it to he can reunited with his former coach and new Cavs coach Byron Scott.

Fans may be disappointed in the departure of you-know-who, but does that mean you should stop following the Cavs altogether?

No and there is no reason to punish the team and its players because one player made the worst decision of his professional career.

Instead Cavs fans should be just as passionate to watch their team succeed sans you-know-who.