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With the Cleveland Cavaliers sporting a 26-4 record, an unreal +12.6 average point differential (101.7 ppg, 89.1 ppg allowed), and a 16-0 home record, it’s difficult to imagine that LeBron has his eyes set on the exit. This is a sentiment that James himself expressed on December 20, while in Denver to play the Nuggets, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’ll consider signing a contract extension with the Cavaliers this summer, thus bypassing the highly-anticipated “Summer of 2010”, and saying of the team "The direction we are headed is everything I expected and more."
What to make of this? Hard to say. Maybe he’s just posturing, but the fact that he doesn’t have a track record of being disingenuous has earned LeBron the courtesy of being taken at his word. Besides, LeBron’s not a dumb guy- he probably realizes that both on and off the court,
This team was built around him- and they’re really good! There’s currently just one NBA team built specifically to complement the talents of LeBron James- and he’s on it. This Cavs team presents LeBron with the best opportunity to compete for a championship. While other teams have been deconstructing their rosters and cutting long-term salary commitments, the Cavs have assembled a custom-built, seemingly championship caliber supporting cast for King James- a collection of team-focused guys who’ve never been “the man” in the NBA, thus avoiding any ambiguity as to whose team it is. Their only other pure scorer, Mo Williams, definitely knows his role, but isn’t afraid to look for his own shot, and seems to have earned LeBron trust to do so.
The Cavs have outstanding chemistry. Watching them interact with one another, there’s an unmistakable camaraderie among the Cleveland Cavaliers. I’ve previously observed this, particularly LeBron’s interaction with each of his teammates before taking the floor, but recently, a couple of other things jumped out at me. First, Ben Wallace, the only member of this team who’s won a ring, has a genuine respect for LeBron James, interacting with him much like he did with the title-winning crew in
Also, these guys really pull for one another. On December 28, in an already-decided game (
There’s no such thing as a “small market” anymore. In the era before the Internet, 24-hour news and hundreds of cable channels, playing in a larger media market, typically
Additionally, LeBron James’ legacy would actually be greater if he stays put. By bolting for
He’s home. As we all know, LeBron is from
Is it possible that LeBron James will become a free agent in the summer of 2010? Absolutely. Could he elect to leave Cleveland and sign with the New York Knicks? Sure. Would this be the best move for James to make? Not neccessarily. I'm just saying, as things stand right now, it's pretty good to be King James.