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Good To Know: New Cavs Starting SF Jamario Moon Not Out To ‘Replace’ LeBron

Well, that sure is a relief. Had Jamario Moon intended to replace the most despised native son of Ohio, that could have possibly set into motion another heartbreaking split down the road when Moon, as a highly sought after free agent, would have spurned the Cavaliers to take his talents somewhere else or whatever, setting off an unfortunate sequence of events which would have prompted Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to do something else incredibly stupid, probably involving the Comic Sans font.

And obviously, that wouldn’t be good for anybody. Duh.

But as James and his merry band of teammates prepare to tip off the NBA regular season tonight against the Celtics, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, because while excited regarding his new opportunity to crack the Cavs starting lineup made possible by James’ much ballyhooed departure, Moon has no intention of stepping out onto the court and trying to replace LeBron.Via The Plain Dealer:

“You can’t replace a guy like that,” Moon said as the Cavaliers prepare for Wednesday night’s season opener against the Boston Celtics at The Q.

“He was everything. He scored. He passed. He rebounded. He played defense. You can’t replace a guy like that. We’re not trying to replace him. We’re trying to work with the guys we’ve got.”

I certainly do appreciate Moon’s optimism and his “I Gotta Be Me” mantra. Trying to be something that you’re not will always have the likelihood  of backfiring, and Moon has intelligently elected to sidestep the issue entirely, including only slightly considering mocking LeBron’s trademark pregame ritual of throwing up a cloud of rosin dust into the air.

“If anybody did it on the team, I think that would be disrespectful,” Moon said. “That was his trademark. That would be inappropriate.”

A noted prankster, Moon thought for a moment and then continued, “It would be fun,” he said, no doubt envisioning himself with the rosin. “If I did it, I would be doing it out of fun. I wouldn’t be doing it out of disrespect. But the past has got to be the past.”

Indeed, young Moon. Indeed. Best to leave the bad memories where they belong – in the past. It’s time to start anew and while I’m certain Moon would like to go out and duplicate LeBron’s leadership and contributions on the court, it’s best to stick with what you know, which in Moon’s case happens to be a career average of…ahem, 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game over his three-year NBA career. Don’t go changing, Jamario Moon. Forget about trying to be something you’re not and rock on with your bad self and keep on keepin’ on, good sir.

With smile firmly in place, Jamario Moon eager to start for Cleveland Cavaliers, but not to ‘replace’ LeBron James [The Plain Dealer]