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It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 22, 2003 11:01 pm

Everyone is gathering in Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, and wherever else today in Cleveland. The city has reached a watershed in it's history. It's do or die, put up or shut up.

Yes, that's right, tonight, at 8pm, the world stops turning for Cleveland. It's the moment of truth-will LeBron become a Cavalier, and rescuse this sorry excuse of an NBA franchise, or will it wither and die. I don't care if Carmello and Darko are out there. If they don't get LeBron, they might as well leave.

May the Gods at whatever Law Firm are overseeing the ping-pong ball selection smile on the sons and daughters of "The Shot", "The Drive", "The Fumble". Amen.
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 22, 2003 11:02 pm

Well things HAVE gotten pretty slow in here since the moratorium...
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 22, 2003 11:07 pm

Be that as it may, Matt D, I would have posted that even without the lockout by Management.
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 22, 2003 11:24 pm

Alpha, just curious, what is LeBron's attitude about this? Is he as hopeful as Cleveland or more ambivalent about?
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 22, 2003 11:32 pm

And the number one pick goes too......THE NY KNICKS! Cavs Fan.....not even LeBron can save you.....
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 22, 2003 11:45 pm

Jet, not sure, to be honest. I think the ego in the kid would love to be seen as a "savior" as he would here. He'll go where the money is.  Big grin

And KROC, if the Knicks get LeBron, you know what you'll hear, nation-wide fron non-Knick fans?

FIX FIX FIX!!!
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Fri May 23, 2003 12:28 am

Nope, LeBron is going to the Buffalo Braves, he will do quite well with Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith and Ernie DiGregorio
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Fri May 23, 2003 2:04 am

You're dating yourself there Ihadapheo
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Wed May 28, 2003 12:48 pm

Now all they need to do is land Coach Jeff Vangundy and they will definetly gain some ground (in the East atleast).

But the Nets are king of the East now, and on they are in their second NBA finals in a row!

And this year they don't have to face Shaq!
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Wed May 28, 2003 1:11 pm

STT757, Shaq is probably one of the main reasons the Lakers aren't going for #4 in a row. He's fat, out of shape, and seems to have lost a lot of the desire that, two years ago, was I thought made him into the player in the league.

He's got to lose about 50lbs, and get serious about his conditioning. Oh, and it didn't help that he pissed off The Zen Master by blowing off his exit interview after the loss to San Antonio.

Speaking of the Spurs, how many times can they blow a big 2nd half or 4th quarter lead? They did it tonight again to Dallas. They have no heart; they have no killer instinct. Go Nets.  Big grin
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Wed May 28, 2003 1:54 pm

Simple prediction. The kid will crash and burn in his rookie year.
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Wed May 28, 2003 5:36 pm

I'd love to know the details of his $90 million contract with Nike....as in, what if he does crash and burn in his rookie year? How much of the moolah does he get to keep?

The first thing he'd better do is buy a house for his momma. Unless someone's already taken care of that. He DID get that Hummer, you know....
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Wed May 28, 2003 9:04 pm

No way, IMissPiedmont. He's too good for a crash and burn! He's got loads of talent, and I think he'll be smart enough to keep his roadies at a distance once he's signed by the Cavaliers. Although if it were to happen, such a thing would happen to a Cleveland team.
 
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 29, 2003 1:14 am

I think he's going to be a great player, but not right away.

Kevin Garnette is now only begining to grow into a leader on the T-Wolves, and how long has he been in the league?

I give James 4-5 years untill he becomes a "impact" player, that's one advantage of College.

College players develop quicker in the NBA than do the high school kids.

I think there should be a mandatory age limit in the NBA, of lets say 20.

College could be one path to the NBA, but I think the NBA should develop a "minor league" system with the European leagues. If a kid does not want to go to College they can play in Italy or Spain for a couple years, make $50k-$100K a year and gain some maturity and "worldly Knowledge" before landing the 6 year $70 Million dollar contracts.

It would also help the NBA continue to diversify by recruiting more European players like Dirk Neviski (SP?) and Valdi Divac (?).

MLB has been very successfull recruiting new talent from Latin America, Japan, and South Korea.
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 29, 2003 1:18 am

BTW..

Does anyone else hate this NBA on cable almost all the time, I prefered Sundays NBA on NBC where they would have 3 playoff games starting at 12 and going untill the West Coast game at 8.

This 10 PM starts on TNT suck.

It's got to be hurting ratings, even if ESPN/Turner gave the NBA a truck load of money. They are not getting the advertising revenues NBC drew on Sundays.

I do like ABC's coverage, they only get a couple games. The majority are on TNT and ESPN, I have premium cable but I like the major playoff games on the networks better.
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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 29, 2003 1:37 am

He's not gonna be that good in the NBA...he's playing with kids at the highschool level, and totally skipped the college level. From Highschool to pro can be done, however it's gonna be really tough for him.

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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 29, 2003 4:13 am

I hope & pray that...

...he will be competent in the NBA
...he will actually compete in the NBA
...he doesn't hold out (even though he's already promised...)
...he doesn't get into drugs or alcohol
...he doesn't get in trouble with the law
...he doesn't get injured before the draft
...he doesn't get injured before he ever plays a game
...the last two, except substitute "killed" -- now that he's a popular and very public figure, he could be some wacko's target


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RE: It's "Pray For LeBron Day" In Cleveland

Thu May 29, 2003 12:13 pm

He's not gonna be that good in the NBA...he's playing with kids at the highschool level, and totally skipped the college level.

Max, last summer, he was playing with NBA players at a "scrimmage" at Gund Arena in Cleveland. There were NBA players from the Cavaliers, and other teams as well. The Cleveland Plain Dealer had a reporter present. And, from all accounts, he just blew everyone's mind with how good he was-against professionals. From all accounts, they couldn't believe his skill level for a 17 year old. That "scrimmage" cost the Cavaliers a hefty fine, since then-head coach John Lucas was the one who held it. From all accounts, he can play in the league. It's a matter of him adjusting to an 82-game schedule, instead of a 30-game season, and how fast he can take the physicalness of the NBA. He's 6ft 8, 245lbs. He's not skinny weakling. I think he'll work out just fine.

Redngold, he really can't hold out. Unlike the NFL, the salaries for rookies is set for like the first 3 or 4 seasons. He knows what he'll make. There's no negotiating on that basis. His agent is around, for now, at least, not so much to guide his basketball career as his PR career.

I don't even know if the NBA has signing bonusus for their players, so I don't know how that will work with LeBron.

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