When I was a boy growing up in Southeastern Michigan, I dreamed of being a professional athlete…what boy wouldn’t? After a successful career, I dreamed, I would then become a successful coach/manager. I would guide my team to the playoffs and then the championship.
I would not want to be a coach nowadays, because it is no longer a steady, safe job. You can get fired, even if you have a winning record, and have your team in first place!
Case in point: David Blatt, the recently fired head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last season, his first with the Cavs, he did the unspeakable: Won his division with a 53-29 record, went all the way to the NBA Finals—only the second time in Cavaliers’ history—and fell just two wins short of winning the franchise’s first-ever NBA title. All this, with two of his best players, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, on the sidelines with injuries.
Then, to begin this season, all the Cavaliers have done to date is win 30 of their first 41 games, ranked first in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the entire NBA. So, what was Blatt’s reward for having his team playing so well? HE GOT FIRED!!!
Why? Why did such a successful coach get the axe? Two words: LeBron James. He returned to Cleveland after winning a couple of NBA championship rings in Miami, hoping to bring a championship to his home state. Unfortunately, that is turning out to be much harder LeBron had hoped.
The Cavs made the mistake of hiring Blatt before James announced that he was returning to Cleveland. Rather than having to wear egg on their faces and replace Blatt before he even got started, the Cavs decided to roll with the punches and see if James, errrr! Blatt, could take the team to the championship. He darned well almost did!
Seeing that their window of opportunity was slowly beginning to close, The Cavs finally decided to part company with Blatt (not even waiting until the All Star break!) and promote assistant coach Tyronn Lue to head coach. I don’t know why the Cavs just didn’t appoint James as a player/coach. It seems as if he is running the team anyway.
James then came out and claimed that he knew nothing about Blatt’s firing. RIGHT!!! If you believe that, I have some ocean-front property in Nevada I would like to sell you!
I think LeBron needs to come to grips that the NBA might be passing him by and that he may NEVER have the chance to win a championship for his home-town fans. I know that he wants to be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time, but the proof is in the pudding…or, how many championship rings a player owns. LeBron has two…I don’t think he is going to win any more.