It certainly is a great time to be a Cavalier fan. Confidence and expectations are at an all time high. Most experts agree that the Cavs are certainly capable of winning the whole thing this year, bringing Cleveland it’s first NBA championship, and first major title since the Browns back in 1964. Not even the shadow of LeBron’s impending free agency is big enough to block out the brilliance of this team. Or is it?
I have a question for you. Well, a scenario really. The best possible outcome for Cleveland fans would be the Cavs winning the Finals this year or next with LeBron deciding to stay put, culminating in a Jordan-like 4 or 5 championship banners hanging from the rafters of the Q, and a statue in the plaza. But let’s just say for argument sake we can’t have that scenario.
What if you were forced to make a choice? What if I could guarantee you a Cavalier championship this year or next, (just one, not both years) but then you would have to say goodbye to LeBron as he signed elsewhere in free agency? The other option is that the Cavaliers do not win the title either of these two seasons, but LeBron does sign a max deal for 6 more years with the team. No guarantees about titles for those years though. But you would still have LeBron, and the rest of the guys under contract plus Danny Ferry as your GM. What do you say?
Are you so desperate for a title that you would take the guarantee and enjoy it for years to come? Nobody would blame you. We have certainly had our share of losing, and it would be nice to be on top for once. I also understand that for most of this town the Cavs have always been the third team. For so long they were what we watched in between the end of the Browns season and opening day for the Tribe. Not always, and not for every fan I know, but let’s be realistic about their place in Cleveland’s heart through the years. If the Cavs were to ‘break the curse’ so to speak, would that satisfy you enough?
Or do you want the chance for multiple titles? Would you not be satisfied with ‘one and done’ knowing that without LeBron the chances of signing the marquee players would be slim? Yeah, it would be nice to have one of the all time great teams, not just a team that won one once. Many Cavs fans probably never watched the team until LeBron came. Are you fans of the Cavaliers, or are you fans of LeBron James? Would the team be dead to you without him, so you’d take your chances on a title later on?
So those are your choices. You can have one guaranteed title in the next two years, but LeBron goes, or you can keep LeBron and take your chances on a title (s) in the future. What would you rather have?