The goal for Cleveland in 2010 is simple. Win a championship, or risk losing Lebron James, who is not only the face of the city of Cleveland, but of the NBA. He sells tickets, merchandise, and makes people want to come to Cleveland to see him. He generates a ton of revenue for Cleveland.
The effect of LeBron leaving would put the Cavaliers back into rebuilding mode, something the city is all too familiar with. The Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians have had many poor seasons this decade.
LeBron has been linked with the New York Knicks for sometime. The idea of being the center f attention in New York City is scary. We will have to see if LeBron is ready for that, or if he wants that.
LeBron has something special with Cleveland. It is not often a city is represented by a single sports star. A similar situation would be Michael Jordan in Chicago. MJ is Chicago sports, and they have had some great players in all sports.
It is not often you get to play and be successful in your home state at the professional sports level. I hope LeBron stays in Cleveland, it will be good for the NBA, his family, and for Cleveland.