By Justin Rowan
The past four years have been filled with more drama than most teams face in a decade. With both potent highs and crushing lows, any level of emotional investment in this team can leave you exhausted.
Few people have had the opportunity to cover LeBron James as closely as Brian Windhorst. After covering him during both Cleveland stints and in Miami, he has seen every stage of his storied career.
As a result of that, he can recognize some of the cycles a team goes through when they have LeBron. In a recent article, he pointed out that the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be suffering from organizational fatigue:
Like the Miami Heat before them and to a certain extent the last generation’s Cavs, it seems to be a side effect of having James: where the quest for championships combined with a lack of security over keeping James leads to some win-now, pay-later decisions.
Acquire older veterans instead of developing younger players. Sign players to large contracts because they fit with James or because they can’t be replaced if they leave in free agency. Trade draft picks to get veterans or as a way to relieve payroll pressure. Deal with the stress of repeated long playoff runs, endure massive media scrutiny, manage varying degrees of...