Pros and cons of LeBron James potentially missing the season opener
Since Kyrie Irving asked out of Cleveland and was eventually shipped to Boston, the excitement for the season opener between the Celtics and Cavaliers has been ramped up tenfold. If LeBron James’ ankle keeps him out next Tuesday, however, a game already missing one great piece of the rivalry (Isaiah Thomas) will suddenly be missing the biggest piece.
Here are the pros and cons of a potential LeBron-less season opener.
PRO: Celtics will win
They’ll for sure win. They could start Guerschon Yabusele at point guard and still probably win. A LeBron-less, IT-less Cavaliers team isn’t scary at all.
CON: It’s like Kool-Aid
Because it’s only got 10 percent of the juice! In order, the most important pieces of the Celtics-Cavs rivalry are probably LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Kelly Olynyk is gone, so nobody really cares about Kevin Love. If LeBron doesn’t play, you don’t get LeBron vs. Kyrie; all you get is a star player vs. a team he didn’t want. Those games happen all the time.
PRO: Reminder of how bad the Cavs are gonna be next season
A Cavaliers team with just Kevin Love? LOL! Get used to it, dummies. That’s what the roster could very well look like if LeBron leaves for LA at season’s end and IT departs in free agency. They’re gonna stink!
CON: Don’t get to see LeBron break Wilt Chamberlain’s record
I’ll be honest; the reason I’m most looking forward to this game is because I want to see LeBron when he’s the most pissed off he’s ever been. Kyrie punked him all offseason and basically said he’s better off without the best player in the world. On top of that, it’s the Celtics. If LeBron plays and is healthy, I’m pretty sure he’s going to score like 150 points.
PRO: Probably get to see Kyrie break Wilt Chamberlain's record
Someone's breaking that damn record.
CON: Have to wait until Jan. 3 for the next Celtics-Cavs game
This is a con and a pro. At least there’s a chance Thomas will be back from his hip injury by then, which would make that Wednesday game in Boston must-see TV. Still, waiting months to see the LeBron-Kyrie showdown is cruel.