As the best player in the game, LeBron James is a man who wears many hats: father, husband, MVP. Finals MVP and a bunch of other names that isn’t fit for print. There’s one hat that he hasn’t worn as of yet, but I think he should: NBA Executive of the Year.
Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin made a potentially great decision in hiring head coach David Blatt, but lets face a few facts here; this team was headed toward another mediocre season until James decided to take his talents back to Cleveland. You don’t really believe that Kevin Love would desire a trade to Cleveland if it weren’t for James being there and reaching out to him, do you?
Okay, maybe a trade may have happened without James, but there is no way Love signs a max deal to stay in Cleveland if not for James.
Mike Miller was happy and more importantly healthy in a Memphis Grizzlies uniform, but the lure of playing alongside his buddy James and possibly winning another ring outweighed any sentimentality that Memphis afforded him. This one was all James doing. James Jones spent four seasons playing alongside James in Miami, and they became good enough friends to take an after season vacation together prior to James making his decision. James needed to surround himself with another shooter, and who better than his buddy Jones?
If the rumors are true, you can also add Shawn Marion to the list of folks who came to Cleveland just to play with James. I highly doubt Marion would be bringing his talents to Cleveland had it not been for James’ presence on the squad.
So you can see how important James returning to Cleveland has been to this team. Whether personally or by his mere presence, James has assembled quite a unit in Cleveland. It remains to be seen as to how this will all work out, but Cleveland has upgraded mightily in every position but the five, at least on paper. Griffin may have played a small role, but the main player is James, and that’s why I think he’s the Executive of the Year in the NBA.