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How the Celtics helped the Knicks…

Could you feel that? That moment last night? The moment when the history of basketball in Cleveland, in New York, in Chicago, and in the NBA at large, shifted? It was seismic. If you had asked me a week ago, I would have placed the odds on LeBron returning to Cleveland next year at well over 60%. If they made the finals, I would have bumped that up to over 90%. Win or lose. Now…? Wow. It’s a whole new game.

The blame for this debacle is going to be sprayed everywhere. It’s the elbow. It’s the supporting cast. It’s Mike Brown. It’s the shitty teammates assembled by Danny Ferry. Or, it’s LeBron himself. Maybe he just doesn’t have “it,” maybe he’s more Karl Malone than Michael Jordan. Or… maybe he’s just 25 and has yet to win it all. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. A guy just “doesn’t have the right stuff to lead a team to a title,” right up until the point where he leads his team to a title. It’s not a magic power. If Jordan retires after the ’97 season, then the Jazz likely win the ’98 title and, well… then history judges Malone differently, but understand that he’s the same dude.

We tend to think of these things as black and white, because, well sport seems like a black and white issue. You win or you don’t, but of course sports is like life. And life, has shades of grey. It’s a veritable rainbow of cascading grey. Yes, there is a bottom line, you’ve won or you haven’t won, but that doesn’t mean that another outcome couldn’t have occurred. Or that it wont occur in the future. Right now, it seems like the taint of losing is beginning to cling to LeBron. That the foundation of his jump amongst the top ten players of all time has cracked, but wait, wait patiently, because his legacy is far from complete.

Whatever else comes of this, I feel strangely certain of two things: First, LeBron will win a title (or more) one day. And two, that day wont come in Cleveland. It just seems like something changed this week. We know that the running joke as the Cavs fell to pieces was that the Knicks, not the Celtics, were winning. To whit, from John Hollinger’s Twitter on Tuesday night:

One of biggest playoff wins in KNICKS history.

There’s almost nothing left to be done in Cleveland, but pick up the burnt down rubble and send it to the landfill. The LeBron era is over. Done. Finished. He’s gone. New York, New York it’s his kind of town…

  1. Stephen
    May 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Celtics doom themselves you mean. LeBron to the Knicks, who also pick up Wade or Bosh and then win the next fiv championships pretending they’re the Jordan Bulls. Nighmare at MSG. Even if they were to pick up Nash I refuse to cheer for the Knicks.

    • May 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

      Yeah, the Celtics weren’t really doing themselves any long term favors, but then this might be their last hurrah anyhow, so might as well go out with a bang.

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