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Cleveland should just ride this season out and hope they can make the Finals. LeBron is leaving, so enjoy the swan song and hope you can make a fourth straight Finals.

After the year I fire the GM and Lue. I go into a full rebuild. Ship Love off for picks. They'll have to ride out JR Smith, Thompson, Shumpert, Korver contracts to keep them from totally tanking. But that Brooklyn pick should bring in their future franchise guy.

Opens the door for a new Eastern conference champ

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Just now, NYLion said:

Can you blame me for thinking that the guy who has represented the east for 7 straight years could do it again? You act like I'm going out on a limb.

I have offered you my thoughts on the LBJ/Cavs situation, and you don't agree. Such is life.

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1 minute ago, Sydney_Fife said:

 

After the year I fire the GM and Lue. I go into a full rebuild. Ship Love off for picks. They'll have to ride out JR Smith, Thompson, Shumpert, Korver contracts to keep them from totally tanking. But that Brooklyn pick should bring in their future franchise guy.

Nothing wrong with being the next Ilgauskas.

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The cavs should trade lebron before the deadline. A playoff run doesn’t do them any good and they aren’t winning the championship. 

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20 minutes ago, mickeyb105 said:

I have offered you my thoughts on the LBJ/Cavs situation, and you don't agree. Such is life.

I can go either way on this - I'm sure one year James will miscalculate how good he still is and how he has arranged the team around him and come up short. Whether it's this year is good forum grist.

The one thing that has always struck me looking at Lebron is that he is so thick it's hard to believe he can't help but start losing speed. OTOH, you have a guy whose physiology is already so much an outlier that assuming any convergence to norms probably isn't justified.

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13 minutes ago, Shelton said:

The cavs should trade lebron before the deadline. A playoff run doesn’t do them any good and they aren’t winning the championship. 

I'm sure that has been discussed, but LeBron can veto any deal.

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42 minutes ago, Sydney_Fife said:

I'm sure that has been discussed, but LeBron can veto any deal.

And he already said he will not waive his "no trade clause"

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I know he has said he won’t waive it. I don’t actually expect them to do that. Most teams hang on too long trying to chase one last championship. 

I am saying that I think they should do it, and that would include changing his mind about waiving it. 

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1 minute ago, Shelton said:

I know he has said he won’t waive it. I don’t actually expect them to do that. Most teams hang on too long trying to chase one last championship. 

I am saying that I think they should do it, and that would include changing his mind about waiving it. 

This, for sure, and the Cavs shouldn't worry about the LBJ PR machine casting him as the victim.

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1 hour ago, Gehringer_2 said:

I can go either way on this - I'm sure one year James will miscalculate how good he still is and how he has arranged the team around him and come up short. Whether it's this year is good forum grist.

The one thing that has always struck me looking at Lebron is that he is so thick it's hard to believe he can't help but start losing speed. OTOH, you have a guy whose physiology is already so much an outlier that assuming any convergence to norms probably isn't justified.

G2, maybe he needs to take another "vacation"

http://uproxx.com/dimemag/did-bill-simmons-hint-that-lebron-james-took-a-steroid-vacation/2/

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After NBA beat writer Zach Lowe struggled to politely categorize LeBron’s two-week refresher vacation to Miami in January, Simmons pushed his stance once again:

Bill Simmons: Uh…I have a couple titles for that but I’m not gonna say.

Zach Lowe: I’m not going anywhere near where you’re going.

Bill Simmons: I’m not going anywhere either!

He later elaborated, saying:

“LeBron James…looked like he was entering another phase of his career. He’s got a lot of miles on him. Looked different in how he was playing. Went away for two weeks, came back. He’s been lights out. [He] basically has been at 29 [points] a game, 6 [assists] and 6 [rebounds]. Fifty percent shooting. He looks like LeBron again.”

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February 2013 – As the Heat ascended, they became a free agent destiny for potentially washed pet projects like Greg Oden and, would you believe, Rashard Lewis. Because his NBA struggles had lasted well over a year, Lewis’ place on an elite team was also intriguing. Lewis’ Magic teammate Jameer Nelson had his name identified by “Jessica,” an ex-employee of the Biogenesis clinic, known for distributing performance enhancers to top athletes. Another alum of Orlando’s 2009 squad, one LeBron knew all too well from the dagger three he dropped on the Cavs, Hidayet Türkoğlu, was busted for using a substance banned by the league in February 2013.

March – June 2013 – A sports insider operating under the alias “Incarcerated Bob” interviewed Jessica, the receptionist from Biogenesis. Jessica claimed that LeBron James’s agent, Rich Paul, regularly paid the clinic for goods, and that they were for someone with initials “LJ.” She also mentioned the initials “JN” (allegedly Jameer Nelson) from records and claimed that Nelson came to buy substances in person. A few months later, Bill Simmons suggested that some big stars would take a fall if the true extent of PED use were discovered, and that it seems both probable and likely that all major athletes in American sports have had access to drugs that the layman can’t fathom.

The incredible durability and endurance into his 30s may have very well come at a price.

I'm well aware that a PED-free route to physical perfection exists, but the fountain of youth does not.

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1 hour ago, 313DetroitCity said:

And he already said he will not waive his "no trade clause"

All that really means is that he will dictate to whom he gets traded.

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33 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

Unrelated to the discussion, I started working out again, and I sure could use some PEDs right about now.

Been putting that off for months.

I'll forgive you for starting without me.

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44 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

Today murdered me, so you aren't missing much.

My scale tells a different story--lol.

Good on you for starting up again, seriously.

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2 hours ago, mickeyb105 said:

G2, maybe he needs to take another "vacation"

http://uproxx.com/dimemag/did-bill-simmons-hint-that-lebron-james-took-a-steroid-vacation/2/

The incredible durability and endurance into his 30s may have very well come at a price.

I'm well aware that a PED-free route to physical perfection exists, but the fountain of youth does not.

this may be true...but bill simmons says a lot of things.

regardless, lebron james is getting older and has many many miles on him.  it may finally be catching up to him.

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I can't wait for Bill Simmons to write dueling 8000 word articles, one on a reality where Lebron used steroids and joined the Celtics and they won 10 championships in a row and his buddy House called him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, but Bill's dad thought that was ridiculous, and one about reality except where every Celtics player is compared to the porn star their career arc most resembles while Bill's buddy House calls him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, which Bill's dad finds intriguing, except he doesn't know who Liam Neeson is and is easily confused

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46 minutes ago, pyrotigers said:

I can't wait for Bill Simmons to write dueling 8000 word articles, one on a reality where Lebron used steroids and joined the Celtics and they won 10 championships in a row and his buddy House called him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, but Bill's dad thought that was ridiculous, and one about reality except where every Celtics player is compared to the porn star their career arc most resembles while Bill's buddy House calls him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, which Bill's dad finds intriguing, except he doesn't know who Liam Neeson is and is easily confused

i see youve listened to bill simmons before....

i love old simmons ideas like how he KNEW that lebron would never win anything in miami and that they would have to break up the big 3 because it was just too many alpha dogs.

or how his reaction to the garnett/pierce trade to the nets was how terrible it was for the celtics.

or how any team would be stupid not to trade the pats a first round pick for matt cassell.

or how matt stafford sucks because he saw him play the pats that one time.

the list goes on and on.

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1 hour ago, pyrotigers said:

I can't wait for Bill Simmons to write dueling 8000 word articles, one on a reality where Lebron used steroids and joined the Celtics and they won 10 championships in a row and his buddy House called him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, but Bill's dad thought that was ridiculous, and one about reality except where every Celtics player is compared to the porn star their career arc most resembles while Bill's buddy House calls him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, which Bill's dad finds intriguing, except he doesn't know who Liam Neeson is and is easily confused

This has to earn at least one like.

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5 hours ago, pyrotigers said:

I can't wait for Bill Simmons to write dueling 8000 word articles, one on a reality where Lebron used steroids and joined the Celtics and they won 10 championships in a row and his buddy House called him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, but Bill's dad thought that was ridiculous, and one about reality except where every Celtics player is compared to the porn star their career arc most resembles while Bill's buddy House calls him up to compare Lebron to various action movie leads, which Bill's dad finds intriguing, except he doesn't know who Liam Neeson is and is easily confused

This is amazing

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10 hours ago, Sydney_Fife said:

Pistons tied for 8th and a game out of 7th. 

They have the tiebreaker on Indiana. Philly has the tiebreaker on us. 

i think they have a better shot at passing miami and indiana than philly.

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5 minutes ago, Buddha said:

i think they have a better shot at passing miami and indiana than philly.

I am still not sold that Embiid will play out the rest of the season. This is the most basketball he has played in his life. At some point, I expect him to hit a wall and/or get injured. I hope it isn't the case, but I just can't bring myself to buy in. 

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