I’m not one to support LeBron James. Luckily in this post I won’t have to.
Let’s talk about the narrative that LeBron had nothing around him and had to do everything himself. And he had a terrible supporting cast.
I don’t think I need to site these stories, they’ve been on every talking head show all postseason. Any time the Cavs struggled it was on the cast.
I’m not saying his team was spectacular but let’s be real here…
Let’s start with top players.
In the preseason SI ranked their top-100 players for 2018.
- LeBron was #1
- Love was #26
- Thompson was #52
- Hill #63
- Hood #87
That’s not anything to frown upon.
How about when they got a lot of these “awful” players? The trade deadline.
Here’s articles from top sports site lauding the moves the Cavs made at the deadline.
- ESPN – Cavaliers make several moves at the deadline to save chances to realize high expectations
- Washington Post – The Cavaliers won the trade deadline, and have emerged as a legit NBA Finals contender again
- SB Nation – The Cavaliers blew up their roster. How much better did they actually get?
- Cleveland.com – NBA Trade Deadline 2018: Review how the Cavaliers dominated the day of deals
- ESPN – Inside the 24 hours that changed the Cavaliers’ season
- NBCSports- NBA Trade Deadline moves morph Cavaliers roster into entirely new team
- SI – Will the Cavs’ Dramatic Overhaul Save Their Season?
- NBA.com – Numbers notebook: Cleveland Cavaliers upgrade at the trade deadline
- The Ringer – A Ranking of the Cavs’ Deadline Deals
So maybe the team wasn’t as bad as we said it was, the players they got contributed for teams before the deadline. Maybe this is an excuse for people that believe LeBron is infallible. The fact that he’s the best player in the world shouldn’t guarantee a title. The roster was constructed the way it was because of LeBron.
Let’s not keep crying that his roster wasn’t good enough. There’s doesn’t need to be an excuse every time he loses. Sometimes you just get beat.
Part 2: The Difficult Road. Coming soon.