If LeBron wants to leave, we have to let him go.
First of all, as matter-of-fact as this sounds, we can't exactly act like this is some shocking surprise when we knew the stipulations surrounding his contract. When he re-signed in 2006, the terms were he would stay a Cavalier if he won a ring or if he was in the best position to win a ring down the road. The Cavs proved they didn’t do those two things. It’s not like the Cavs didn’t try, and it certainly doesn’t mean the city and fans didn’t support him through the process. Thirty teams vie for the NBA title every year (well, usually 24 vie for the playoffs and 6 vie for John Wall), and only 1 can win it. The Cavs tried to stack the odds in their favor, and they couldn’t get it done. He’s not betraying us. He’s doing what a star athlete should do: getting better and putting himself in a position to win championships.
This year, we spent too much time worrying about Orlando and LA, we didn't think to look out for Boston. And truthfully (someone on twitter said this, but I forget who), the only team you should worry about building yourself around is your own. If you make yourself competent then you won't have to worry. That includes on-and-off court positions. It would be dumb for me to assert that everything will feel OK next year. It won't. It will feel fundamentally different, even a little empty.David O’Leary alluded to this earlier. But in all this talk about how angry and disappointed the city and the fans will be if/when he leaves, we’ve lost sight of the fact that LeBron has been the best Cavalier ever. He played well (and that’s an understatement), and we should be grateful for that. LeBron gave Cleveland the 7 best consecutive years ever of Cavaliers basketball. He came onto the team in 2003 and immediately became the team’s leading scorer, even with chuckers like Ricky Davis around. (more after the jump)