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All That Glitters Isn’t Necessarily Gold ………… Why The WNBA Might Be Now More Pertinent In The City Of Cleveland ……..


All That Glitters Isn’t Necessarily Gold ………… Why The WNBA Might Be Now More Pertinent In The City Of Cleveland ……..

Well the tires on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bus not only did they go flat but for all sense and purpose the “RV” simply wasn’t up to the task ! The long haul of the regular season might be one thing but as everyone knows , come the postseason that’s where the excitement is to be had ! Having posted an impressive 61-21 regular season record the team was viewed as the “presumptive favorites” to win it all and thereby gaining their very first NBA title .

Now there’s a great deal to be said for what a team achieves in the regular season and what they then aspire to achieve in the postseason . And usually the achievements of the regular season can at times give you a clue as what to expect. But at times it can also be very misleading . See the Dallas Mavericks postseason foray as a prime example of what one can expect of a team that was vastly over-rated by pundits and idiotic prognosticators alike , who ought to have known better ! The Mavericks had no body of work which to point to and most were simply enthralled by the dog-n-pony show and paper tiger element that they brought to the 2010 NBA postseason.

A somber looking LeBron James takes questions from the convened press after the Cavaliers' loss in game six of the Eastern Conference semi-finals to the Boston Celtics. The Celtics now go on to meet the Orlando Magic in the conference finals. AP Photo __ Charles Krupa ................

A somber looking LeBron James takes questions from the convened press after the Cavaliers' loss in game six of the Eastern Conference semi-finals to the Boston Celtics. The Celtics now go on to meet the Orlando Magic in the conference finals. AP Photo __ Charles Krupa ................

The Cavaliers for their part were expected to march through the Eastern Conference playoffs with ease. Having a two time regular season MVP award winner doesn’t make a team invincible and even if LeBron James has been anointed “The King” or as he’d become more commonly known “King James” . Until you’ve actually landed the brass ring or the leprechaun’s pot of gold. Any comparisons being made to a monarch aren’t at all justified. What’s even more derisory were the comparisons being made about the player to the likes of Michael Jordan , Magic Johnson , Larry Bird , “Dr J” and Kareem ? Each of whom were not only regular season MVP’s but had also garnered the postseason award as well in the NBA Finals. Now don’t get me wrong , LeBron James is a tremendous player and some day he may well go down as one of the all-time greats of the game. But he’s yet to achieve a body of work that can be comparable to the names mentioned !

Ray Allen of the Celtics consoles LeBron James after they defeat the Cavaliers 94-85 in game six of the conference semi finals of the NBA Playoffs. The Celtics now go on to meet the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. Getty Images/ Elsa Martinez .................

Ray Allen of the Celtics consoles LeBron James after they defeat the Cavaliers 94-85 in game six of the conference semi finals of the NBA Playoffs. The Celtics now go on to meet the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. Getty Images/ Elsa Martinez .................

What we can attest to is the fact that while on paper the Cavaliers looked good as a team , once the playoffs got underway they had their problems from the very start. And although they had their way with the Chicago Bulls in the first round , winning that series (4-1) with relative ease. You came away with the impression that if they weren’t being tested then they would at some point become very sloppy and complacent against a future opponent. And in their series against the Boston Celtics all the chickens would come home to roost as the Cavaliers and James were found wanting throughout much of this series . Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach Mike Brown and his coaching staff may well have had this team prepared but did he actually have them prepared to play a Celtics’ team that had been given a new lease of life ? And though the series did ebb and flow as each team sought to make its presence felt and stamp their dominance on the series. One simply knew something had to happen that would flip the script as far as the perception of how the series was meant to turn out.

To my mind the difference maker in this series wasn’t LeBron James , it was in fact the determined by the play of Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. As he went , so did this team and what might’ve been more inspiring was the very fact that the seasoned veterans on Doc Rivers’ team fed off the young point guard’s example. To see the likes of Kevin Garnett , Paul Pierce , Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace simply play as though they’d freshly arrived in the NBA was very inspiring.

Unfortunately,for LeBron while he may well have had a woefully inept performance in game five . His surrounding cast weren’t even marginally better than their more celebrated play-maker. That 32 point loss __ (120-88) simply sealed the fate of not only LeBron but for the entire Cavaliers’ organization . Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert and GM Danny Ferry will now have to assess the whole organization from not only player personnel aspect but also on the coaching front as well. Mike Brown may well have done all that he can as a coach for this team. Perhaps a fresh set of eyes might bring a new perspective as to what ails the Cleveland Cavaliers ? And given the fact that LeBron James now becomes a free agent on the 1st June the urgency of the situation isn’t lost on anyone within the front office of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Retaining the player must be their number one priority but so too will be the need to bring in another dynamic talent to complement the needs of this team as well as taking the burden of LeBron. He may well relish being the go to guy on the team but little went right for LeBron when it was needed most in this series against the Celtics.

Game six saw the Celtics on their home-court at a soldout TD Banknorth Garden Center in Boston ____ in essence put an end to the Cavaliers’ postseason aspirations. The Boston Celtics came away with an 94-85 victory that puts them in the Eastern Conference Finals where they will meet the Orlando Magic . And that will be a series that ought to be thoroughly entertaining and one to be relished. So close but yet so far but with a cast that had no real passion or desire to get the job done . You get the feeling that with the Cavaliers that all that glitters isn’t necessarily gold. Merely because of the presence LeBron James , complacency became the norm for this team. Winning is also about having a positive mental attitude. James may well have it but it was all too rare in this series when it mattered most.His teammates for their part showed very little of it. But it certainly didn’t help that this team simply couldn’t keep possession of the ball by needlessly turning it over at the most inopportune of moments.

James looks to make a pass while being defended by the Celtics' Rasheed Wallace in game 6 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals played at the TD Banknorth Garden Center, Boston , Mass,. Getty Imaged __ Elsa Martinez .............

James looks to make a pass while being defended by the Celtics' Rasheed Wallace in game 6 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals played at the TD Banknorth Garden Center, Boston , Mass,. Getty Imaged __ Elsa Martinez .............

There’s no real need to empathize with the Cavaliers at all. They came to play but their mind laid elsewhere as they didn’t come into this series with the mindset of dealing with the immediate task at hand. Theirs was a season that has ended with a whimper instead of an almighty bang. This may well be the last chance that the Cavaliers get to an NBA Finals should the unthinkable happen of LeBron James choosing to leave the franchise. But then again the city of Cleveland still yearns for the NBA . So why not bring in WNBA franchise within the fans’ midst ? It could very well be as close as they’ll ever get to be engaged as a participant in an NBA Final at this juncture . An off-season of indecision and decision making as the case maybe for the organization . But one thing is now sure the crown of King James isn’t as secure as some might have thought. LeBron James simply has proven to us that he’s human and by no stretch of the imagination is he anywhere near ready to be talked about in the same breath as MJ , Magic , Bird , Dr J , Kareem or even Kobe Bryant for that matter ! They’ve set about leading their respective teams to the pinnacle of NBA success. All that LeBron has done is try and make us believe that he’s ready to do that when clearly he is not ! He’s still got a long way to go before he can even match the achievements of the venerable names mentioned . Will he ultimately match those feats or even surpass them ? Who knows only time will tell . But for the moment let’s not continue to heap too much praise and expectation upon the shoulders of a young man who’s still learning what it means to play in the NBA and at the same time learning how to be a leader to others.

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So now what are your own thoughts as to the Cleveland Cavaliers fall from grace ? Do you embrace as something that was needed ? Or do you as such empathize with the team and their fans ? As and when you’re ready I’ll look forward to reading your comments and responding in kind.

Alan Parkins aka tophatal ……………………..

Bob Seger ………….. “Shake Down” one of the several hit songs from the Eddie Murphy hit movie vehicle from the 80’s “Beverley Hills Cop 2” . And though some might say “BHC 1 & 2 were all that should’ve been made. As thereafter #’s 3 &4 were simply disastrous and “bombed at the box office”. But this is the way that Hollywood works as they’re forever chasing the cash cow rather than making movies of substance and that can stand the test of time.

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10 thoughts on “All That Glitters Isn’t Necessarily Gold ………… Why The WNBA Might Be Now More Pertinent In The City Of Cleveland ……..

  1. What? Just another example of why Clevelander’s are so downtrodden, no football team, no baseball team and no basketball team….of note. This, for a City where one of its rivers caught on fire.
    Dunno why they take it, but there are worse things I guess.

    1. al clements

      What’ve the Browns ever done to make you feel so harsh ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!! I was always under the impression that you were a big fan of Art Modell ? Could I be that wrong about you ?

      Art you do realize that you can never go back to Cleveland ?

      Modell wasn’t leaving like a thief in the night he just wanted to leave Cleveland without waking up the fans that’s all. He did leave them a good-bye note attached to the gates of the stadium. What more do you want ? Hug & kisses ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      As for LeBron and the Cavaliers the fallout from this all will be absolutely catastrophic for the team and the entire organization . Their ouster in from this series will cost them in excess of $15-$30 million in potential revenues and economic impact to the area .

      “Stick with me Shaq I’ll take us to the moon and back” !

      Poor ol’ LeBron he’ll still get paid but the Cavs will suffer immeasurably because of his poor play in the series. But this not just about him as collectively the team just didn’t show up at all !

      Alan Parkins

  2. Hahaha, I was thinking about how they were kind of like the Mavs last night while I was watching the game! Maybe he will end up in Dallas if they let Dirk walk…

    I sort of feel bad for Cleveland, but as a Warriors fan, I think they should be happy they at least had Lebron for a little while… The only team I really kind of like in Cleveland is the Indians, probably just because of the movie Major League when I was a kid…

    1. chappy

      It’s not so much now the fallout but how the fans are bound to react should he decide to leave. He’ll probably be more despised than Art Modell when he left the city in the middle of the night with removal trucks and the belongings of what was then the old Cleveland Browns .

      Dan Gilbert and Dan Ferry have a great deal of soul searching to do over the next few months.

      It’s toss up as to whether or not LeBron will choose to stay with the team

      Alan Parkins

  3. Well though it’s not quite seismic in nature but the fallout from the 2010 NBA Playoffs has begun. The Altlanta Hawks have made the decision not to bring back Mike Woodson for the upcoming season. It now makes you wonder whether or not the Cavaliers will decide to make that also a similar fate for Mike Brown ?

    “Well in the words of former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry ………………bi_ch set me up to fail” !

    “F_ckers can’t fire me it’s LeBron’s fault that we’ve failed to make it to the NBA Finals . He’s a damn p_ssy ” !

    “Decision, decisions , decisions where can I go next ? Brooklyn , New York , Chicago , Dallas ? I hear Sacramento is good this time of the year ? And no there’s no truth that Spike Lee has pictures of me having sex with Oprah. I love Oprah but I would never have sex with her ! However Steadman is a different proposition. I could go gay for the day and love it” !

    Alan Parkins

  4. I watched Game Six with a lifelong Cavs fan.

    Needless to say, by the end of the game, he was hammered drunk and obviously depressed.

    I’m trying to get him to jump on the Magic bandwagon.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Cavs’ fans bought into a great deal this season including that the earth was flat ? Who knew ?

      I’ve no empathy for the team or LeBron as once again he failed to get the job done when it was there for the taking. That team is just as soft as the damn Mavericks if not softer ! As for Shaq he ought to hang it up and call it quits !

      He’s got nothing left in the tank and his contributions were minimal at best !

      Alan Parkins

    2. Chris Humpherys

      Rapper Nelly played a concert tonight that was part of the postgame entertainment between the Rays and Mariners at the Trop .

      Finally Maddon made the right decision to put Burrell out for assignment and bring up Hank Blalock !

      What’s wrong with the Red Sox pitching and their relief rotation ? Can it get much worse than it now is ?

      Alan Parkins

  5. They scored 85 points in their last “effort” of the season. That should be all that you need to know.

    I think the story about Delonte West and LeBron James’ mother has a lot more to it and we will eventually find out what happened there.

    All I know is after game four, they seemed to totally quit and show no initiative whatsoever. And that’s right around the time that story broke

    Meehan

    1. Ravenation

      Delonte’s been tappin’ that ass like a drum and “Momma James” has got be happy having her va-jay-jay being regularly taken care of that like that. Problem is if LeBron leaves Cleveland does he and Delonte` come along as a package deal in order to keep LeBron’s mom happy ?

      AP

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