Monday, January 19, 2009

Makes More Sense Than New York

There's lots of good stuff out there, but Rea got me in the mood... here's a couple of predictions about the future of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. These are not guarantees in any way; they just make more sense to me than LBJ moving to join the New York Knicks in 2010.

Rather than elaborate much, here's the simplified version:
  • The Cavs win one of if not both of the next two NBA championships.
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskus retires in the summer of 2010, content with a rather successful career and a ring or two, and not wishing to sacrifice whatever is left in his feet.
  • The Cavs re-sign LeBron for 6 years, $133 million.
  • The Cavs then sign Chris Bosh away from Toronto in that amazing free-agent class of 2010, noting that he can still live in Toronto if he wishes and that he and LeBron can be a serious dynasty for as much as a decade.
  • For a few years, a Cavs core of James, Bosh, Mo Williams, J.J. Hickson, Delonte West, and Daniel Gibson spends each year as a championship contender if not champions.
Note that all but West are signed through 2013, and West is through 2011 and would surely extend that on such a team. Presumably they'd either re-sign Varejao or find other similar players to him and Wallace (expiring after this year) to man the front lines with Bosh and Hickson, and a couple role players to back up the other trio at the guard spots, like Pavlovic and Sczerbiak do now.

What sayeth all of y'all?


  1. Wishful thinking for a Cleveland fan. And Eric Mangini and Brady Quinn are the next Bill Walsh-Joe Montana tandem.

  2. Jealous Atlanta fan. :)

    Mangini I'm holding off on judging; same for Quinn.

  3. I can't resist, sorry:) And our basketball and football teams aren't looking too bad right now.

  4. Oh, sok.

    Well, figure the Hawks have got no real shot against the top 3 this year, and Miami is probably slightly better, and that's just in the East. What's worse is they won't be jumping ahead of them anytime soon (except Boston as it ages out).

    Falcons are good, but we'll see how good next year with a slightly tougher schedule.

  5. Hawks are much improved, but I realize they're not there yet. And we're having recurring nagging injuries. Still, as bad as the team has been in the last decade, a 4, 5, or even 6 playoff seed suits me just fine.

    The Falcons have confounded me my entire life. I'm optimistic, but definitely preparing myself for disappointment next season.