If you are even remotely a basketball fan, you know that the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors led by finals MVP Kevin Durant.
The Cavs were huge underdogs going into game one of the series. Most NBA analysts and serious fans had GSW winning in 4 or 5. As it turns out they were right but one would not know it while watching game one.
Even I was surprised how game one was going. Cleveland was on their way to a surprising game one victory, I thought, when a debatable offensive foul call in the last part of 4th quarter against Kevin Durant was then reviewed and overturned. The decision to overturn the “charge” put things back in perspective that the Warriors would win game one.
That changed again when Hill of Cleveland had 2 free throws with his team down one point and just under 5 seconds left in the gsme. But he missed the second free throw with both teams tied.
Things changed yet again when Tristan Thompson got the rebound of Hill’s missed free throw to JR Smith. Timeout ! Put back! Get the ball to James! No. He did none of those. He ran the clock out. I was shocked. In game two, the Warriors fans mocked JR Smith chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” .
I knew James was almost done after the reversal of the “charge” call. At the end of regulation and going into overtime, with all the event of the call reversal and JR Smith’s “decision”, James was clearly overly frustrated. He had completely checked out. I felt there was no chance of the Cavaliers winning in overtime and I was right. They lost game one, and were swept 4-0 in the series, despite three brilliant games from James.
At the end of the series, Lebron revealed he basically played the last three games with [what felt like] a broken hand after game one when he punched a whiteboard in frustration.
Whether Lebron is telling the truth or not, except for game four of the finals, he had the most amazing playoff performances I have ever seen only to lose like that against a powerful Warriors team.
What next for Lebron?
Lebron became a villain when, as a free agent 8 yesrs ago, he decided to go to the Miami Heat and his image has not recovered since.
All speculation since the beginning of this season after Kyrie Irving left for Boston has been that Lebron would leave Cleveland. Those speculations have built up more and more and more. Many have made predictions as well, even giving scenarios.
What do you think Lebron does after this? Does he stay? If he goes, where? What will be the comments based on his decisions?
What will LeBron James do during 2018 free agency?
Stay in Cleveland (50%, 3 Votes)
Start his own professional basketball league (0%, 0 Votes)
Retire (0%, 0 Votes)
Join Philadelphia 76'ers (0%, 0 Votes)
Join LA Lakers (33%, 2 Votes)
Join Houston Rockets (0%, 0 Votes)
Join Golden State Warriors (0%, 0 Votes)
Join another Western Conference team (17%, 1 Votes)
Join another Eastern Conference team (0%, 0 Votes)
Three time champion and one of the best 2 guards (shooting guard) to ever play the game, Dwyane Wade, has left the Miami Heat and signed with the Chicago Bulls for 2 years 47 million dollars. Wade is from Chicago and will have to see more of his ex-wife with whom he had a bitter divorce/split a few years ago.
The Heat made 27 year old center, Hassan Whiteside, a priority, signed him for 4 years 98 million, then pursued free agent superstar, Kevin Durant, who decided on Golden State Warriors. Then Heat turned their attention to Wade, and ultimately made a final offer of 2 years $40 million… but, apparently, Wade wanted $50 for 2 years and neither side would budge. With the “TV money” increasing the salary cap this year, and teams offering ridiculously large salaries to free agents, it was no surprise that Wade’s ask was also large, which would have made him the highest paid player on the Heat for the first time in his Heat career. But, alas, it wasn’t to be.
A well-respected Pentecostal evangelist, W Wilson, had a very famous line back in the late 70s and early 80s in Jamaica. He said, “Pride wears the man“. At the end of the day, it was that pride on both sides of the table that killed the deal.
There are hurt feelings, some remorse after the two sides split but we know there’s deeper issues than just the money which may have begun when Lebron left 2 years ago, then escalated further last year when the Heat and Wade had a very tough, public negotiation.
We wish Wade all the best and he gave Miami 13 great years. I, for one, see the possibility of him returning to the Heat @37 (after 2 years) to finish his career with the Heat and then get his jersey retired. Of course, his jersey will be retired by the Heat even if he never returns.
NBA team Miami Heat has it’s 15-man regular season roster for 2014-. They’ve played 2 games, winning both. Check out the roster and comment on what you think, who are good selections, who are OK selections, and who are bad selections.
9 Luol Deng SF
43 Shawne Williams PF
1 Chris Bosh C / PF
30 Norris Cole PG
3 Dwyane Wade SG
32 James Ennis SF / G
4 Josh McRoberts PF
11 Chris Andersen C / PF
13 Shabazz Naipier PG
15 Mario Chalmers SG / PG
22 Danny Granger SF / G
40 Udonis Haslem PF / C
7 Justin Hamilton C
26 Shannon Brown G
24 Andre Dawkins G
I like the roster and am excited to see how well they’ll play. If I were given two changes and such players were available, I feel it would’ve been great to have a big man (7 footer) who can defend and a not-so-big man who is a known, feared, shooter like Ray Allen. Other than those, I think this is a good roster who can win 50-54 games. The team will have to play hard, and not take off parts of games like the past 4 years when they were clearly the best in the East or like Florida State University’s (FSU’s) football team this year.
If the Heat had the 7 foot defender and another shooter, I’d predict 60-64 wins which would put them, on paper, as the best team in the East. Right now, on paper, they’re #2 to #4 in the East… again, on paper. Just a caution, however: Paper doesn’t win games. Each team still has to play well-enough to make the playoffs, let alone top the Eastern Conference.