In a city known for sports blunders like the Infamous Drive and the leaving of home grown hero LeBron James, the “Mistake by the lake” better known as Cleveland has waited longer than any other city with three major sports franchises, to win a championship. After a 51 year championship drought, the tides are slowly turning for the mistake by the lake. In the past three months, Cleveland has become a sports mecca, drawing more media attention than any other city in recent memory. This phenomenon is prompting many experts to call 2014 “the summer of Cleveland.” In this two part series I will explore the reasons behind the buzz surrounding Cleveland.
The Return of the King
Four years ago LeBron James left the city of Cleveland for the warm beaches of Miami. He left his home town distraught and broken, haunted by the embarrassment of his nationally televised decision to go to the Heat. LeBron and the Heat added insult to injury by winning the NBA Championship twice in four consecutive appearances. At the end of the 2014 season LeBron James became a free agent. This left LeBron with the choice to go anywhere in the NBA and he chose Cleveland. LeBron announced his decision, not with the press conference or a phone call, but in a written essay. This was in direct contrast to his flashy announcement four years ago at a press conference at a Cleveland Boys and Girls Club. LeBron wrote “I’m doing this essay because want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted.”
In the essay LeBron explains that his reason for going to Miami was to win a championship. He explained that, “Miami has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man.” He also talked about how Miami taught him how to win and how he is excited to bring his winning ways back to Cleveland. That’s not the only thing LeBron could bring with him from Miami. LeBron also brings with him some pull. ESPN explained it like this: “they called him “the great salesman” because of his ability to bring great players to Cleveland. This is something he couldn’t do four years ago because he didn’t have a championship ring yet.” Soon after LeBron returned to Cleveland, All-Star power forward Kevin Love expressed interest in playing there as well. This would be huge move that would finally bring a “big three” to Cleveland in LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The only problem that I see with this move is that the Cavaliers would have to give up first round pick Andrew Wiggins. My feeling was that the Cavaliers should take a year and let Wiggins develop under the guidance of LeBron so he can become part of a dynamic trio for years to come. Then I decided to look of the numbers and that changed my mind. Check this out
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Even though this may be an unfair assessment because Wiggins is just a rookie, you really can’t argue with those numbers. I think Wiggins is going to be a great player in the future, but keeping him would be a huge gamble for the Cavs because there’s no guarantee that Wiggins will not be a bust. At least with Kevin Love, you know you’re getting an All-Star who could definitely help your team win a championship. I can understand why the Cavs wouldn’t want to wait for Wiggins to develop, after all, 51 years is a long enough time to wait!
The Manning bros are back with a new rap.
That it for this post. Stay tuned for part 2 of the “Summer of Cleveland”; Johnny Manziel comes to town . Be sure to share this post on Twitter and Facebook using the icons below .