Anyone who is naïve enough to believe that, probably still believes that it is Santa Claus who puts all those Christmas gifts underneath their tree each year.[quote]
James is one of the very few athletes in all of sports who has the type of power to participate in personnel moves. Of course James was counseled on the dismissal of Blatt. In fact, he was likely the person who initiated it.There is not a move that takes place on the Cavaliers that James shouldn’t be involved with. He is the most powerful athlete in all of sports. Back in the day, Magic Johnson had major pull with the Lakers, but not to the level of James.
Many said Johnson was the man who called for the firing of Lakers coach Paul Westhead in 1982. However, Johnson always showed a measure of deference to his teammate, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You can be assured Magic ran the idea of pushing Westhead out past Kareem, before acting on it.
Actually, LeBron being so influential is good for the Cavs. There is no one is Cleveland who knows what the Cavs need more than James. Further, there is no one in Cleveland more invested in seeing this team win a championship than James.
One of the main reasons James, born and raised in nearby Akron, returned to Ohio was to bring Cleveland its first professional championship since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964.
Thankfully, for Cleveland fans, they have a power player who isn’t crazed about having the power, instead he chooses to use it judiciously.
James is one of the smartest players in basketball. Perhaps the only thing greater than his incredible skill set, is his understanding of the game, and his leadership abilities.
Cavs’ fans should feel even better about their championship hopes today, than they did yesterday.
Dan Gilbert may own the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the team belongs to LeBron James.