Making Strides

It was announced on July 26, 2010 at about 9:43 pm that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota TimberWolves have agreed to a five-player trade. The deal was finally agreed upon after weeks of speculation that in the near future these two teams would pull the trigger.

After Minnesota signed Luke Ridnour, speculation began that the Wolves would be putting one of their guards on the trading block. With a crowed backcourt, Sessions name became the most targeted.

Ramon Sessions is now a Cavalier

Cleveland has been the center of the Ramon Sessions talks and has been high on their lists since Minnesota opened the phone lines. For weeks the speculation finally ended.

The Cavaliers traded guards, Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair in return for guard, Ramon Sessions and center, Ryan Hollins. The Cavaliers also in the trade received a future second-round draft pick.

Minnesota received a non-guaranteed contract in Delonte West in which could save them close to 4.6 million dollars. Also they received a young point guard in Telfair who could develop into a solid role player. However, the trade could question the thought process of the TimberWolves and David Kahn. They wanted to trade Sessions because their backcourt is crowed and in return they got two-guards. However West and Telfair are both combo guard with the same style of play, which could tell the Wolves are not done dealing.

For the Cavaliers, it was a great move. It shows they are moving on from the LeBron James era. It shows that they will be patient and not overspend for below-average players (Kyle Lowry/Matt Barnes). Ramon Sessions could be the perfect fit along with Mo Williams in a run-and-gun offense under newly hired head coach, Byron Scott.

“In Ramon, we’re excited to add a young, multi-dimensional guard” said General Manager, Chris Grant.

Sessions has averaged for his career, 10 points per game along with 4.7 assists. A combo guard that is very good at passing and an average shooter (44%) in 24 minutes a game.

The Cavaliers finally have a center to work around

As for Ryan Hollins, he is a young athletic center. Standing at 7 feet, 240 out of UCLA, he has a chance to be a very solid contributor for the organization. Last season he averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebound a game in only 17 minutes a game. His numbers have gotten better every year since he was drafted in the second round in 2006. “We’re adding a young, athletic center”, added Chris Grant.

“We think both Ramon and Ryan are really good fits for this team”, stated Chris Grant.

The Cavaliers also added another future draft pick. The Cavaliers are now starting to acquire draft picks as the rebuilding stage has officially started. We’re also happy to add another asset for the future with the additional draft pick,” said Grant. “At the same time, we’d like to thank Sebastian and Delonte and wish them well in the future.”

Whatever happens with this trade, at least the Cavaliers are making strides.


The REAL Slap in the Face

While us Cleveland fans are still trying to clear up the dust that LeBron James left from his car tires heading to Miami, LeBron James is doing things in South Beach for the Heat organization that many aren’t taking lightly.

Ever since LeBron James told the Nation he was headed to South Beach he has been acting a little different. What I mean by a little different is he is recruiting players to come to Miami.

LeBron is a changed man.

LeBron met with Derek Fisher at the airport and was the first to greet him. He has called former Cleveland Cavalier teammate, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and convinced him to sign. LeBron has also reached out to Jawad Williams, another Cavalier that he played with. He also has talked with good friend, Mike Miller, Joel Anothey and Jamal Magloire. James might have done more recruiting as well that hasn’t been reported. While LeBron is recruiting hard and trying to convince players to take less money to chase a Championship, Cleveland may see this as a slap in the face.

Where was this when James was in Cleveland? He might have done as much recruiting in 2 weeks for the Heat than 7 years for the Cavaliers. Sure he might have tried to convince players to come play with him in Cleveland but not like this.

Also what about taking less money for the Cavalier organization like he did with the Heat? If he truly wanted to win a Championship for Cleveland, why didn’t he take less money here so the Cavaliers could offer other star players the max deal?

This guy is a true Cavalier

What about signing an extension 3 years ago? That way the Cavaliers could actually build around him and not make short-term moves that would cost them in the long run?

With LeBron recruiting so hard down in Miami, Clevelanders have to wonder, was his heart really in Cleveland to begin with?

More than Just Leaving

Back when the Cavaliers played their season in 2002-2003 they finished 17-65, a team that was at its low and the laughing-stock of the NBA. Then the Cavaliers finally got some luck and won the lottery, drafting the player that was going to save Cleveland and win the city its first major championship since 1964. The “Chosen One” arrived in Cleveland.

His name was LeBron James as all of you know. He put Cleveland back on the map and the city was lively once again with a special buzz in the air every night. He led the Cavaliers to multiple division crowns and the Cavaliers only NBA Finals appearance in franchise history on 2007. LeBron also broke multiple Cavalier records such as points, assists and winning multiple MVP awards. James always gave the city excitement and reasoning to come hangout in downtown Cleveland every night. However, all of that changed Thursday July 8, 2010 at 9:27 PM.

On National Television, LeBron went live and announced what his decision was. A ridiculous one hour special TV show called “The Decision” that went all wrong for Clevelanders. After hearing he would announce his decision live on television, Cleveland fans including Cavalier Beat Writer, Brian Windhorst thought for sure that LeBron would re-sign with the Cavs. There was no way that LeBron would make his hometown and the team that gave him so much look bad on National Television, right?

LeBron announced his decision on Nation Televison

That is exactly what LeBron James did. He sat at the stage, with a button down polo knowing that the entire world was watching. He announced that he was going to “Go take his game to South Beach” and play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

What a slap in the face to the city of Cleveland and the franchise. LeBron did not even thank the fans of Cleveland for the great support they gave the young man. LeBron did not thank Dan Gilbert or any of his now former teammates for all the great times they had together.

LeBron has changed over the past year, he seemed to have a different swagger about him, and it showed on “The Decision”. LeBron has a huge ego and is very “Hollywood”. On the hourly special LeBron seemed like he could not careless about the city of Cleveland and what that franchise has done for him because he is going to South Beach and nothing could be better.

LeBron will never wear a Cleveland Jersey again

LeBron did more than just leave Cleveland, he screwed Cleveland. He made the entire city look bad on National Television and then had the nerve to smile. However, LeBron did way more than just make Cleveland look bad.

LeBron screwed the franchise’s hope of winning a title for many years now. A team that was built around LeBron and a front office that did everything the man could have asked. LeBron ran the show around Cleveland and Dan Gilbert did everything to make that young man happy, and because of that the Cavaliers now will not win a championship for a little longer. A team that was built to win a championship now is a team now without LeBron and a bunch of bad contracts and aging players.

I strongly believe that LeBron knew he was leaving Cleveland long before this entire process. I believe that he knew that he would be teammates with Wade and Bosh when this summer came around. However, why not let the Cavaliers know that? By not telling Dan Gilbert and Chris Grant until July 9th the Cavaliers have no chance to quickly recover.

It is mind-boggling that LeBron would do such a thing to a franchise and city that loved him so much. If LeBron would have simply told the Cavaliers he was leaving then the team could have stopped wasting its time on him and try to sign another free agent.

However, the team and fans waited around for LeBron to make his choice and got backstabbed on National Television. So the franchise is now without its hometown hero, and has a team full of bad contracts and aging players with no chance to improve, all because of LeBron and his terrible ego about himself.

The self-claimed “Chosen One” and “King” is no longer neither of those. How can someone like LeBron call himself the “Chosen One” and “King” when he choose to go play in another superstars building? He left his legacy to be a “Pippen” to Wade. He just gave up on his legacy to take an easy way of winning an NBA Title. That to me is being a coward and someone who was afraid to live up to the legacy that was “Chosen” for him. He took a backseat to winning a Championship and gave up on his hometown and city for an easy way out.

Look for these jerseys to be the big seller this off-season

Dan Gilbert and former GM Danny Ferry spent 7 years trying to find that so-called “Pippen” to play alongside LeBron. Spent so much time looking for the “Robin” of LeBron’s batman and this whole time LeBron was the actual Robin. LeBron was the person who needed a Michael Jordan next to him. LeBron will never be in the class of Jordan, Magic, Kobe, Russell, Oscar because he took a backseat.

The decision to play in Miami left many to wonder, why? Sure it is a great chance to win multiple championships but LeBron is now never going to have as many rings as Dwyane Wade will have. LeBron will always have one less than Wade. If anything this free agency will help Dwyane Wade’s legacy out the most.

Hopefully one day LeBron will look back to that night and wished he had it all back and do it differently. Until then, LeBron James is Art Modell 2.0 and I cannot wait until the Heat are in town in the upcoming season.