Welcome back for another installment of Believing Since 1999 Daily. I decided to give everyone (including myself) a couple of days to simmer down from all of the Chudzinski talk as the Browns now turn to filling out the rest of the coaching staff and finding a general manager. Now that everyone has had that time to fully digest a new head coach for the city’s favorite team, lets just ease back into things and start with a light topic, LeBron James!
The first thing I noticed on Twitter this morning was about the Cavs’ not-so-sneaky effort to keep a ton of cap room open that would become conveniently useful should they want to make a run at LeBron in the summer of 2014, when he could become a free agent. Glenn Moore of Cleveland.com did a nice job of compiling some sources to explain how and why this would work out next summer.
Before everyone heads to the I-480 bridge to give up on their lives, let’s try to stay level-headed about the prospect of LeBron’s return for now, because even if it were to happen, it’s not happening for over a year from now. Nobody likes LeBron James for what he did to Cleveland. I’m included in that majority, and was literally heart-broken when he left.
Even the old saying that “time heals all” may not exactly apply to this situation. The saying that “winning heals all” might. Some people want an apology to the city from him, but I don’t see any point in that now.
He has already half-heartedly done it once, but a lot of Clevelanders may want to hear it again before he ever puts the wine and gold back on. Or would they? The poll at the bottom of Glenn Moore’s piece says that almost 60% of Cleveland would welcome him back without an apology.
Apologizing what would be 4 years later would be a completely pointless exercise, and would only make us feel marginally better about the whole thing. Coming back to a team that will likely still not be very good would show that he cares about making things right way more than his words (we already know how much those are worth). It’s already been well documented that the backlash from his departure affected him deeply.
Did he make the right decision to leave for Miami? For his personal interests, yes. That is justified by the championship he just won.
Will everyone forgive him right away if he comes back? No, and they don’t have to. Will everyone forgive him if he wins a world championship for Cleveland? I would hope so.
For as much as Cleveland hates him, nobody in their right mind can say that he wouldn’t make this team a contender immediately. Keep in mind that Kyrie Irving will still be in Cleveland, as will Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, and maybe Alonzo Gee (who would make for some unbelievable depth), to name a few.
Like it or not, Irving and James have been close for a long time, and all things being equal, the prospect of those two playing together in a couple of years (when Kyrie will be even better) is tantalizing.
Again, this isn’t happening for over a year if it’s happening at all, so let’s not think about it anymore, continue to support the Cavs of the present, and trust in the passion that Dan Gilbert has for winning a championship for Cleveland. We’ll see what happens in the summer of 2014 when it’s the summer of 2014.
Here are the rest of today’s notes from around Cleveland:
– Sticking with the Cavs for a moment, they’ve apparently had some talks about moving Varejao despite his injury, but they want a lot in return. I’ve said previously that it’s going to be very hard to move Andy now, but time will tell. The deal has to be right, and I have a lot of faith in GM Chris Grant to make that determination should it become necessary. De’Andre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe would have been pretty nice, though.
– When the Cavs play the Kings tonight, Omri Casspi will return to the city that drafted him.
– Moving on to the Tribe, ESPN Insider Jim Bowden thinks that Nick Swisher’s deal will backfire on GM Chris Antonetti in the long term. This may very well be true, but it doesn’t change my opinion that it’s about time the Indians made a bold move to try to win. Baseball is full of over-paid players. It’s just how things are in this day in age, and if the Dolans weren’t the owners, this wouldn’t be an issue.
– Here’s a nice piece from MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince on new starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. I like this guy a lot.
– Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez are going to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. This is beyond cool, and a great honor for both of them.
– Nobody knows who the next Browns general manager will be, but it won’t be Minnesota’s George Paton. A supposed reason is that control over the roster isn’t included in the new position, which scares the hell out of me. Banner is not the man for personnel decisions.
– Zac, talk me down about the rumors of a Derek Anderson return.
– Still waiting on Norv Turner to get back from vacation. In all seriousness, the fact that this seems to be a done deal is fine by me. Should make things fun to watch offensively next season.
– At least one of the Browns coordinator positions appears to be solid, even though it’s special teams. Take that Detroit, and don’t plan on winning back that barge trophy back any preseason soon. THE GREAT LAKES CLASSIC BARGE IS OURS.
Side note: There would be a trophy for a meaningless preseason game between two teams that are traditionally awful. I love Cleveland. Ain’t it purty?
The only thing left is that I have not yet revealed today’s Believing Since 1999 soundtrack, as has become tradition in these daily postings. Whether or not anybody notices or cares, I have no idea, but it’s fun to think that someone does. Today, it’s “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons. Their latest album, “Babel”, is phenomenal, and the song title is perfect for Cleveland.