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19 hours ago, CLEstones said:

 

Its a lot of this.

 

Love went from a #1 option, on an offense that was created to play to his skill set.  He then came to a team where he was a #3 option (and sometimes #4 or #5), and considered an after thought, where none of the offense was crafted to suit his unique skill set.  People expected him to produce the same as he did in Minnesota with a fraction of the touches and no real offensive scheme.

 

For 2 years, he was relegated to a corner 3-pt shooter.  Yes, he lost some weight and lost some aggression, but he is still a matchup headache for 90% of the NBA.

 

That being said, just like everything else... it comes down to timing.  The Love acquisition was an absolute no brainer at the time... but the NBA was changing rapidly to small ball, pace and space, and death line ups.

 

Really good points! And it occurs to me that while Love and Kyrie were a younger and more athletic team to pair up with than D-Wade and Bosh, the presence of a stronger system in Miami more than made up for it.

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5 hours ago, Digby said:

 

Really good points! And it occurs to me that while Love and Kyrie were a younger and more athletic team to pair up with than D-Wade and Bosh, the presence of a stronger system in Miami more than made up for it.

 

The Love/Kyrie combo SHOULD have been better for LeBron.  Both Kyrie and Love were much better perimeter shooters than Wade and Bosh and better free throw shooters.  They were better players all around outside of maybe Bosh being a little more athletic than Love and Wade being a little better passer than Kyrie.  Other than that, the 3 of them complimented each other incredibly well.

 

As you said, the issue comes from Miami having a strong power structure and a coach who had the support of his owner/GM to implement a system.  I think Spolestra is a much more competent coach than Lue and was able to be an actual coach.

 

It also came down to LeBron.  He realized the weight of The Decision and learned he had to swallow some pride to make that work in Miami... at least until he had to carry broken down Wade and Bosh to their 2nd title and 4th Finals appearance in years 3 and 4.  LeBron has never been a "system" guy except for 2+/- years in Miami.  Other than that, he's a hard player to develop young talent with and to have a consistent offense.

 

The Cavs only offense is 3 Man Weave from 30' away from the basket and High Pick and Roll.  When non-LeBron line ups are on the floor and the Pick and Roll fails, its a bunch of deer in headlights.  Guys like Hood, Clarkson, Crowder, and IT were not bad players... they didn't forget how to shoot or dribble.  But they benefited from a system.  The benefited from staying engaged, from moving without the ball, to knowing their job, to knowing where shots were coming from, knowing how the offense works and is manipulated.  When they came to Cleveland (read: LeBron), it was a bunch of stand, stand, stand, stand, HURRY UP MAKE A SHOT THE SHOT CLOCK IS ABOUT TO GO OFF!  Its incredibly pronounced now.  When Kyrie was here, he could get to the basket at will, so it never really looked like the offense broke down... even when it did because Kyrie is THAT good.

 

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And, god bless him, the only guy willing to play Kyrie is Jordan Clarkson. He sucks, but at least he's willing to go down shooting.

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Welp. Sorry Cavs fans. But hey, you still got 2016, so that’ll help you avoid Buffalo Bills classification amongst us other sports nerds.

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Curry and Thompson played about as awful as they possibly could have, but it was basically no biggie because Durant stepped up and took care of business. 

 

 

Yeah, this thing's over. 

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You know what gets me through the night? How the narrative around the Warriors went from everyone fawning over the “best team ever” to “yeah, of course they won, nobody’s impressed” when Durant joined up.

 

No matter how good Durant is, his legacy will forever be tied to joining a 73-win team he blew a 3-1 lead against to get his rings. No matter how many titles the Warriors win, their legacy will forever be tied to begging the second-best player in the league to join them after blowing a 3-1 lead after winning 73 games.

 

Glad we got our win in 2016 because this would’ve played out in the most Cleveland way ever otherwise. Still think LeBron sticks around, and still think it’s possible for the Cavs to get another ring, but also recognize it’s unlikely. Should’ve won game 1, though, and everything’s different if that happens.

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I hear Ambien works for that, too. 

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The Warriors and their fans should embrace the villain role. Everyone hates them so why the hell not? Evil never dies. Crush everyone and never look back. I'm no fan but it's kind of funny watching everyone get so pissed off at them.

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Who says they don't? I for one enjoy the hell out of some of it.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm a professional sports hater with two MVPs in that category, but it's pretty fun being on the other end of that. 

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LeBron truly is the greatest NBA Finalist of all time.

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It's hilarious the ways people are divising ideas to break them up. I heard one today about KD not opting in and going with LeBron to the Lakers. Rich. 

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Lebron to the Warriors on a minimum deal just because I want to see the collective NBA fanbase completely melt down. 

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I do think that if LeBron goes anywhere, it'll be to the Lakers. He has to go Hollywood and win in the West.

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29 minutes ago, crashcarson15 said:

You know what gets me through the night? How the narrative around the Warriors went from everyone fawning over the “best team ever” to “yeah, of course they won, nobody’s impressed” when Durant joined up.

 

No matter how good Durant is, his legacy will forever be tied to joining a 73-win team he blew a 3-1 lead against to get his rings. No matter how many titles the Warriors win, their legacy will forever be tied to begging the second-best player in the league to join them after blowing a 3-1 lead after winning 73 games.

 

Glad we got our win in 2016 because this would’ve played out in the most Cleveland way ever otherwise. Still think LeBron sticks around, and still think it’s possible for the Cavs to get another ring, but also recognize it’s unlikely. Should’ve won game 1, though, and everything’s different if that happens.

I read your post with the beeps as the Stugotz is strong in you.

 

The LeBatard Show simulcast was fantastic tonight with more Stugotz's "personal record book".

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He joins the Lakers and still loses to the Warriors. 

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33 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

Lebron to the Warriors on a minimum deal just because I want to see the collective NBA fanbase completely melt down. 

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58 minutes ago, Wings said:

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Warriors are crushing the Cavaliers. LeBron emerges from the locker room. "But whose side is he on!?" screams Jeff Van Gundy. LeBron drops the leg on Kevin Love. 

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6 hours ago, the admiral said:

I do think that if LeBron goes anywhere, it'll be to the Lakers. He has to go Hollywood and win in the West.

 

I think he's going to stay in Cleveland for 2 more years.  Then he will sign is second to last contract for 3-5 years with the Lakers.  Then he'll resign with the Cavs on a 1-day contract to retire a Cav.

 

  • Lakers - They don't make sense right now.
  • Rockets - You are REALLY going to take the ball out of Harden's and Paul's hands to put it in LeBron's?  Have you seen the Cavs no-movement offense?  He doesn't work there for a multitude of reasons.
  • Phila - Could make sense, they are young and athletic... but outside of Reddick... they have no floor spacing.  That team would need some over hauling.
  • Washington - A sleeper... has some shooters, has some bigs, has a dynamic Point Guard.
  • Boston - lol

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