LeBron James has officially rejoined his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers, social media is buzzing with forecast and ranking predictions for the Cavs before the 2014-2015 season begins – evidence that the tide has surely shifted in the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat have certainly suffered a devastating loss with the departure of James but I still believe they have a better roster than the Cavs at this very moment. What other effects did James cause on the league? The Sports Unbiased NBA writer further analyze the after effects of “Decision 2”.
Did LeBron James make the right decision by going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Arnold Glass: I have to admit, before LeBron officially made the decision to go back to Cleveland, I thought he would be a fool to play for the Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert. The irate owner purposely tried to degrade LeBron’s name and character with the things he said about him after “The Decision”, particularly in the infamous letter Gilbert wrote to the Cavs’ fan base. However, after reading the statement James released to Sports Illustrated, I understand the reason why he was coming back home. He probably accepts Gilbert’s apology, but he is not coming back for the owner what-so-ever; he wants to come home and do something for Cleveland that hasn’t been done since 1964 Browns, and that’s to bring home a championship. Who’s better to do this but a native son. I respect that.
Jr. Williams: As with millions of other fans, I am happy for LeBron and his choice to return to Cleveland. At the end of the day, happiness and righting a wrong is more important than anything but at this very moment from a professional standpoint I think LeBron James made the wrong decision to return to the Cavs. I mean, have you seen their current roster? James essentially left a team which made four straight NBA Finals appearances in favor for a team rebuilding and no clear future. I think LeBron should have made one last push at gaining his third NBA title with the Miami Heat. Bad decision
What will be the economic and social impact in Cleveland with LeBron James re-joining the Cavaliers?
Jr. Williams: According to the latest rumblings from several internet sources, Cleveland Cavaliers season tickets are virtually gone. The Cavs ranked 16th in the league in overall attendance, now I’m willing to bet that they make the top 5 in attendance in 2015 — add ticket sales in conjunction with merchandising and broadcast game contracts and it is plain to see the economic impact of James returning to Cleveland. The social impact for Cleveland is certainly on the up-swing as the fans are all excited once again and looking forward to the 2014-2015 NBA season. The dark cloud has been lifted away from the Cavalier organization.
Arnold Glass: It’s crazy in Cleveland right now. Fans were lined up in front of his house, social media went crazy as soon as he made the decision to go back to the Cavs and the “FOR6IVEN” were already in circulation for people to purchase. I feel sorry for the fans who burned their LeBron James Cavaliers’ jersey after the first decision. I take that back…I don’t feel sorry for them, but hey would have saved some a lot of money right now. Quicken Loans Arena will be sold out for every Cavs home game and James will have the top-selling jersey once again. Financially, things are looking very bright for the Cavs organization.
Will the Cavs become a legitimate NBA title contender in 2015 with LeBron James on the roster?
Arnold Glass: You have to put the Cavaliers in contention for the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2015. They are playing in the Eastern conference where they lack high-quality teams. Six of the top eight teams by point differential were in the West — including three of the top three, so that is an obstacle that Cleveland doesn’t have to worry about. Consensus states that LeBron James is personally worth about 20 wins in the NBA, that by itself will leapfrog the Cavs to the top four in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers have young players on their roster that are very talented and athletic, when you combined that with the best player in the NBA, you can’t help but get excited about your chances on winning it all.
Jr. Williams: Hell No! I wouldn’t go that far, not yet. The Cavs have a very young and inexperienced roster, not to mention a new head coach in David Blatt who has never coached for an NBA team, so to rank the Cavaliers higher than No.4 would be completely asinine. Kyrie Irving hasn’t played a complete NBA season since he entered the league, however allot of pressure immediately falls off of Irvin’s shoulders, pressure in which LeBron is accustomed to handling. The Cavaliers need more pieces to the puzzle and right now, their bench looks suspect. The most significant positive coming from LeBron jumping ship is that the East is WIDE open !