You ever feel like you are working in a dead-end job? Hated the folks you were working with, couldn’t stand your direct superiors, but had a soft spot for the owner because you felt his heart was in the right place? That must be how LeBron James feels to a certain extent. His teammates are inconsistent at best, his bosses Danny Ferry and Mike Brown have made their share of mistakes, but then there is Dan Gilbert, the guy who is on LeBron’s side. So mistakes from top to bottom are somewhat ignored because LeBron believes that Dan Gilbert knows what is going on. This theory is really put to the test in my mind after reading Brian Windhorst’s article on Wednesday. The man in charge on where he feels the Cavs stand after year three of the Gilbert regime:
”I believe that it was another year of experience for Mike Brown and LeBron and everybody else on the team,” Gilbert said in a season-ending teleconference with reporters Tuesday. ”I think we had better team chemistry than (last season). What you had was a different set of circumstances in the Eastern Conference. All things being equal, I think we are closer.”
I find quite a few things wrong with this statement. Let’s chat about it after the jump.
First of all, for the record, I don’t think we’re closer.
Second, LeBron isn’t in a position right now where he needs to, “gain experience.” He isn’t a rookie anymore. LeBron is entering into his peak years as a player in the NBA, he shouldn’t be considered as a guy who needs more seasoning. As for the rest of the team and organization, I would agree that they need more experience, but when are they going to get it? Hopefully soon enough to make LeBron happy.
The team chemistry thing. How can you unequivocally say that this Eastern Conference Semis team had more chemistry than last years NBA Finals team? Gilbert does realize that team chemistry should go hand in hand with success right? I realize you are the owner and don’t have to answer to anyone, but you can’t just say that and not have any reasoning behind it, especially when all of the facts point the other way.
Gilbert would go on to say that he agrees with LeBron that player personnel moves need to be made, but also adding:
”There always seems to be a lot of focus on the means; I focus on the ends,” Gilbert said. ”There’s a lot of ways to get to a championship, which is LeBron’s goal. We’re going to find a way.”
THAT ISN’T HOW IT WORKS IN THE NBA! Has our owner been reading The Secret or something? Look at the four teams remaining in the NBA Playoffs. Do you think any of those organizations aren’t concerned about the means as well as the ends? The Pistons and Spurs are two of the best assembled teams in the NBA, and the Lakers and Celtics have made some earth shattering moves to put themselves where they are right now. All four teams have made some serious long and short term moves. Sure, the ends justify the means, but that’s assuming you reach the end!
I do not doubt our owners hunger to bring a title to Cleveland, but I also don’t doubt that right now, he is being an apologist for a management team that he thinks is a good fit. The question is, if/when it comes time to really give Danny Ferry and Mike Brown the boot, will he be willing to do it? Where is the line?