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Divorce, American Style!

Posted by MeanDovine on July 10th, 2014

 UPDATED 5:51 pm

Are Bosh and James (and the Heat) in a messy divorce?

Ball in …

Is Chris Bosh the holdup in “The Decision, Part Deux?” Is he playing the part of the jilted lover, spurned by his paramour’s desires for a different partner in the Heat’s renown ménàge a trois?

If walls could talk it would seem so.  Whatever the case, here’s what we presume we know.

Let’s connect the dots, conspiracy theorist style:

Reports suggest that Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have longed to play together for a very long time.

In fact, Stephen A. Smith has reported that if they could, Anthony and James would join forces today in Miami. However, unless Chris Bosh takes Houston’s max offer, any prospective union between James, Wade, Anthony and the Heat is a non-starter.

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Prediction: LeBron Back to Cleveland

Posted by MeanDovine on July 8th, 2014

 UPDATED 11:53 pm

A Happy LeBron James

Ball in …

Based on today’s Gordon Hayward offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, as well as other indicators leading up to his meeting with the Miami Heat, I predict LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland.

He will likely enter his meeting with the Heat with the intention of informing Pat Riley of his decision to leave during their face-to-face sit down in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 9th.

My speculation is that Dwyane Wade already knows the decision and was informed personally by LeBron a day or so earlier.

Upon learning of LeBron’s decision, Riley will be disappointed but happy for him and wish the best. Still, he will likely give LeBron some very cogent reasons to continue to trust in the organization and give a title chase one more run.

I wish LeBron the best. It’s not everyday a king abdicates his throne. After all, the Heat is the reigning Eastern Conference champion.

However, if I was in LeBron’s shoes, I’d give David Blatt and the Cavaliers one year to show me what they can do before committing to them, meaning I’d sign a two-year contract with Miami, with a one-year opt-out. And, I’d never, ever trust Dan Gilbert again, no matter what apology he offers, public and/or private.

If you’re gone, LeBron, it’s been quite the ride. Thanks for the memories!

With so much healing to take place in Cleveland, one can only surmise that leading the Cavs to a title would bring catharsis to LeBron, his family, and the entire Cleveland Cavaliers nation. However, capturing that title will, in my opinion, prove very elusive, especially with so many championship quality teams in the Western Conference.

Nevertheless, here’s hoping LeBron regains the throne, despite my doubts, should he choose Cleveland.

Thus said, if ever I hoped one of my predictions is wrong, this would be it.

Until next time …

That’s Game!

#LeBronDecision

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Sometimes, You Can Go Home … And

Posted by MeanDovine on June 19th, 2014

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Ball in …

Pat Riley presser: My takeaway.

Aristotle — ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’

Riley shrewdly painted LeBron James into one of two boxes, and rightfully so.

He can return to Miami, and build something for once in his life …

… or …

He can return to Cleveland, and build something for once in his life.

One of the greatest laments of my professional career was blowing several opportunities to be a company/organization lifer. Typically, one only gets one opportunity to be a lifer and that’s with an all-in commitment from two mutually interested parties at the outset of a relationship, when it’s clear one has been designated the golden boy a la LeBron in Cleveland. Hell, not even Wade was initially a lifer or golden boy in Miami: He earned his designation over time.

Thus said …

Lebron heard Riley say ‘loud and clear’ that Wade is indeed a lifer. I guarantee it cut LeBron to the core, thereby giving LeBron three (3) options:

1. Grab this second chance at being a lifer, with the Heat.
2. Return to Cleveland, and reclaim his status as the golden boy and lifer.
3. Chase rings wherever the grass appears greener.

This leaves options one (1) or two (2) as his most viable. The problem, however, with Cleveland is rooted in the way it ended. If LeBron returns, but never brings the franchise a title, he will forever be the goat, not to be confused with THE GOAT. This may default LeBron to options one (1) and (3) three.

That’s Game!

Photo Credit: AP_Gerry Broome