Mostly agree with your rankings; with the optimism bias from being a cardinals fan personally, I'd argue you could make a 1 star increase at each position, but their current rankings are also fair. I very much disagree with the 1 star ranking at special teams however, as we have a pro bowl gunner in Justin Bethel being joined by some high upside athletes in the kick coverage team and kick return game. Probably the best coverage unit in the game, which coupled with a punter who is below average (don't think he's as bad as stats show- his hangtime is rediculous, and it seems the staff went with him for this reason. I'd choose a distance leg with our coverage team, butI digress). In short, I'd say 3 stars is fair. A perfectly average special teams unit, whose only limitation really seems to be Drew Butler's distance and the uncertainty of a new long snapper (but both seem pretty reliable this far)
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Posted May 14, 2010
LeBron James Game 6 Reactions
Let the "LeBron James" sweepstakes begin. After last night's game, I just don't see how he stays in Cleveland. It wasn't what happened during the game as much as what happened afterward. Even in the final 90 seconds, LeBron completely gave up. He never took over, and he never really looked like he wanted to win. He had multiple turnovers and just passed way too much.
Nobody wants to hear that they aren't good enough to win a championship, and Skip Bayless is currently writing his LeBron rant for tomorrow on ESPN's show First Take. He can't go back to Cleveland because his teammates are absolutely horrible. I don't even need to get into how invisible Antwan Jamison was in Games 5 and 6. If I were update my odds for where LeBron is going to go, I'd say Cleveland would be 20:1 now and the Knicks are 8:1.
After saying the Bulls are the favorite to land LeBron, Chad Ford wrote last night that three general managers told him they think the Bulls are the favorite, two of which said John Calipari will join LeBron in Chicago.
It's worth noting that while Calipari says "I love Kentucky," he has never denied he is interested in the NBA. I think Calipari will go wherever LeBron goes. Where there is smoke, there is fire, and as a die-hard Kentucky basketball fan, I will cry myself to sleep for a week if Cal does in fact leave like I think he will.
So, what bothered me after the game, you ask? First, LeBron actually looked happy the game was over. He wasn't mad, and he said some kind words and hugged all his NBA buddies on the Celtics.
Not only this, but as he was exiting the court he gave Celtic fans high-fives. I have never seen a player give opposing fans high-fives before, much less after their SEASON IS OVER. I really believe LeBron threw the last two games. He simply didn't look liked he cared very much, but in Game 6, I think he gave just enough effort to make it look like he cared.
Losing to Boston gives LeBron a great excuse to leave Cleveland, and it makes the decision much, much easier in the summer. He heard the "New-York-Knicks" chant when he was shooting free throws. He knows what's going on.
If he really wanted to win this game, why would he be high-fiving the fans of the enemy Celtics? I have never seen anything like it. If he really hated to lose this series, he wouldn't have done that. He would be giving Celtic fans high-fives if he wanted to lose. If he was mad, why would he do that? He wasn't mad - at all. In fact, I think he probably feels a big load now off his shoulders as he gets to handpick his future.
LeBron threw the game, and quite frankly I don't blame him. He should be smart enough to know he doesn't have the talent around him to beat Orlando and Los Angeles/Phoenix. He also knows he can't win multiple championships, or even make the Finals for that matter, in Cleveland.
LeBron is LeGone. With the World Cup and an epic NBA Draft coming up in June, this should be one of the most interesting summers I've had as a sports fan in my life - and I can't wait.