Cleveland Cavaliers: Is It Possible They Are Better Off Without LeBron James?

November 10th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »

The Cleveland Cavaliers claimed their third straight road win Tuesday night and found themselves in a surprising, but familiar, position: first place in the NBA Central Division.

They acquitted themselves well in the opener against Boston, stumbled for a few games while dealing with injuries, and then took care of business in Philadelphia, Washington and New Jersey.

After watching this Cavs team during a 6-2 preseason and the 4-3 regular season start, one question keeps coming to mind: Is it possible that they’re better off without LeBron James?

It sounds crazy, and it has nothing to do with James’ ability. He is a force, an athletic specimen unlike any the game has seen before, a remarkable combination of speed and strength that has rightfully earned consecutive MVP honors.

However, he didn’t get the job done in Cleveland.

I understand the premise that Cavs management didn’t surround him with the players needed to win a championship. I don’t agree wit ...

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