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Old 06-01-2011, 10:17 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by thought View Post
You can't compare LeBron's supporting cast in Cleveland with Jordan's supporting cast in Chicago. This is the lineup LeBron took to the finals with him in 2007:

2006-07 Cleveland Cavaliers Roster and Statistics | Basketball-Reference.com

Notables are starting SG sasha pavlovic, starting PG eric snow, starting PF Drew Fucking Gooden, etc. That team was fucking terrible. No one on that team had anywhere near the talent or skill that both Pippen and Grant possessed. No one on that team was even a proven NBA player besides Eric Snow (way over the hill at that point) and Ilgauskas who was slowing down. Also you never mentioned Rodman. Dude was 5x the player Bosh will ever be.

How's LeBron supposed to help bring along young talent when he's not given any young talent to play with? Pavlovic? Tons of potential there. Boobie Gibson? Great bball IQ.

You have to consider that he raised the level of every player he played with. Mo Williams went bananas in Cleveland (until it came to the playoffs). Boobie Gibson looked like he kinda sorta belonged in an NBA starting lineup sometimes. JJ Hickson actually turned into a pretty good player. The fact that the majority of these guys have not shown long-term improvements in the post-LeBron era shouldn' be a a knock on LeBron, if anything it's a show of LeBron's greatness and the shit dude had to work with.

They're picking first in the lottery one year after he leaves. This after being a 61-win team. Like, come on. He's something else.
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