Megalomania isn’t officially a disease, but it’s not good to have. LeBron James returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers has turned him almost into a god-like figure, who thinks he wields that power as well, acting like a general manager of a team by deciding to push away Andrew Wiggins in order to trade for Kevin Love, which might not be the best thing for the franchise.
Even without Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a good thing going for them. Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao, Andrew Wiggins, an improved Anthony Bennett. They’ve also added Mike Miller and James Jones. Ray Allen and/or Shawn Marion might be joining as well. Add LeBron James to the mix and you’ve got yourself the best team in the Eastern conference, especially if David Blatt can give them an identity that goes beyond the individual talent of certain players.
But this summer and off-season have changed some perception notions about James. From someone who was viewed as willing to take a pay cut in order to keep the Miami Heat ride going for at least one more season, James turned out to be just as power and money hungry as the rest of the league. That’s his right, obviously, to maximize his earning potential. But there seems to be something about power hungry and greedy in how he’s been handling himself, and how pieces have been moving since his return to Cleveland.
Teams shouldn’t be always about the future, gathering assets and waiting too long for a power play. Look at the Chicago Bulls from the mid 00’s, before Derrick Rose. They had chances to trade for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol (when he was still a Grizzlies player), but decided they prefer potential and not breaking up a team. No one knows if it would have worked out for them had they gone through with the trades, but staying put didn’t get them very far either.
I guess we’ll all be hindsight geniuses once the move does or not come through, and how this season ends for the Cavaliers. One thing is clear: LeBron James wants to win now, and doesn’t seem to care how this affects the Cavs three or four years from now. Obviously, he’s a player, not a general manager. But with the ownership letting him play one as well, they’re putting themselves in a situation that might be hard to get out of if things don’t work out as planned.