First, nice win by the Cavaliers. Thank the lord that the Cavs only visit New York once this year. Jesus Christ, that was nauseating. And great Chris Rock interview ESPN. Awesome idea Chris, trading LeBron for Brook Lopez, Devin Harris and 3 picks. Oh could we? Brook Lopez AND Devin Harris? Would the Nets do that?
(There’s gonna be a ton of “The Cavs should trade LeBron” stories over the course of this season from both columnists playing devil’s advocate and Clevelanders too used to our East Coast farm team. No, you do not trade LeBron-this isn’t baseball and they are not the Indians. The Cavaliers differ from the Tribe in two major ways 1) they have a very real chance to win a championship and 2) they can pay LeBron the most money.
The goal is to win the title. If Sabathia leaves via free agency and you aren’t going to win the title this season, then of course you trade him. By not letting him leave for nothing, you’re helping your chances for future titles down the road. But if the Cavs are in the playoff hunt and if we all can agree that they won’t get equal value in any realistic trade scenario, then by trading LeBron, you’re hurting your chances to win a title. Trading LeBron hurts your chances to win now. The goal is to win the title.
Also, you can’t be the guy who trades away LeBron James. If he leaves, it’s has got be his decision. All the Cavs can do is field the best team they can and, oh yea, pay him the most money. Danny Ferry cannot trade LeBron James and certainly not for the likes of Devin Harris and Brook Lopez.
Perhaps it would be a fitting end to a Cavalier career that began as the Next Larry Bird).
Anyways, I liked that Mike Brown started J.J. Hickson. He has a better face up jumper than Varejao (which works nice with Shaq) and he should be on his best behavior (i.e. focused) by playing with LeBron and the starters. Plus, you can sub Z, Varejao and West in together for a more than solid second unit.
Also, great win by the Bucks over Penn State. The Vest looked like he had a solid game plan (and solid mid-game adjustments) and Terrelle Pryor didn’t make any mistakes. Did he turn the corner?! Is his career a mirror of Vince Young’s?! Obviously, who knows. But it was great to see him win a big game on the road.
And that Buckeye defense. Yikes. Iowa has had 10 or 11 (I’m lazy) turnovers over the last two games and they get to face THAT defense. Good luck with that.