Lebron 2.0 Era Begins in Cleveland
He’s back. With media day today, Lebron James is sporting the wine & gold again along with a slimmer physique that he claims has made him quicker.
His demeanor was all business, which is good to see. He doesn’t seem too interested in the circus or in the whole drama of returning home. It seems like he’s here to win.
Lebron 2.0 era begins in Cleveland
Lebron James is coming home. Looking back now, the signs have been there for a long time that this is what he wanted, but that didn’t make the process any less dramatic, particularly in the last several days when panic started to set in for Cavs fans as James delayed his latest decision.
His letter in SI struck the perfect tone, and was much better than contrived public apologies from him and Dan Gilbert. Also, the context made this easier for me and some Cavs fans. Lebron had a mixed record in Miami despite winning two championships, and is leaving the team whose best days were clearly behind it.
I actually enjoyed the free agency process. I knew a return would be great for the Cavs, the city of Cleveland and Lebron, but I also wasn’t holding my breath. If Lebron made the wrong decision again, that was his problem, and the Cavs were set up with a young and talented team with Kyrie locked up for a long time.
But this time Lebron did make the right decision, and he did it with class. He’s created a path for himself that can now lead to a legacy he can be proud of.
Some national reporters are saying this morning that winning a championship in Cleveland isn’t important, but that’s just foolish. Things will get tough again if the Cavs falter, particularly if Lebron buckles when the pressure to win ramps up. But I don’t expect him to falter. Lebron has made it clear that winning at least one championship is critical, and he has embraced that challenge. It’s no longer a burden dumped on his shoulders – it’s mountain he has chosen to climb. That makes this decision even more impressive. Welcome home.
Cavs introduce Sergey Karasev
I like the Sergey Karasev pick even more now that the Cavs have added talent in free agency. The kid is only 19 so he needs time to develop. With the current roster Mike Brown can bring him along slowly, and hopefully let him focus on spot-up threes to stretch the defense.
Andrew Bynum talks playoffs
Andrew Bynum struck all the right chords today in his introductory press conference. He talked about playing a full season, putting in the work and getting the Cavs to the playoffs. I like how he spoke about his relationship with Mike Brown as well. Let’s hope his effort matches his words.
Betting on the NBA for the upcoming season
Even with new draft picks and Andrew Bynum, it will be a while before the Cavs are included in the list of NBA favorites.
With the fast pace of basketball, there are very few sports that can match its intensity, making it one of the most watched sports in the USA. With players seeming to explode with power as they gracefully move around the court with the ball ducking and dodging the defensive players. All of this makes for a great spectator sport and makes the NBA season so exciting. This is the reason why so many people enjoy watching basketball on TV. With the 2012-2013 season having just finished and because of that many people are actually starting to think about betting on who will win the next season.
Competition is always tough when it comes to the NBA but one team seems to have stood out over the past few years is the Miami Heat, having been in the championship finals three years running now and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. Bookmakers have them at 2/1 on bringing home the title again this year. On the other side of the conference war though there are a couple of other teams that look really impressive including the San Antonio Spurs (12/1) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (6/1), both have what it takes to win a championship and look a good bet for the upcoming season.
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