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Cedi Osman says goodbye to LeBron James

Cedi Osman, LeBron James

In the wake of the news of LeBron James’ decision to head toward the Western Conference for the first time in his illustrious career, some of those the four-time MVP is leaving behind in Cleveland are starting to grapple with the reality of a LeBron-less future. Among them is Cavs swingman Cedi Osman, who composed an emotional message for James and posted it on his Instagram account.

Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best. And there are remarkably rare ones, who just bring out the most of everything that even you don't know that you have. They build you up. They make you feel alive. They make you feel strong. They make you feel indisputable. From the first moment we met, you’ve always been that rare one for me, King. I don’t believe in coincidences. I choose to believe my path crossed with you for a reason. And that reason will be uncovered as I continue to walk through. Please accept my highest gratitude for your support and appreciation for your inspiration. I’m truly blessed to have been surrounded by your charm. Bazı insanlar doğanızdaki kötü tarafları ortaya çıkarır; bazıları ise içinizdeki iyiyi katlayarak yansıtmanızı sağlar. Ama bazı özel insanlar vardır ki, onların sayısı çok azdır, sahip olduğunuzun farkında bile olmadığınız yönlerinizi parlatmanızı sağlar. Sizi geliştirir, yaşadığınızı hissettirir ve güçlü olduğunuzu hatırlatır. Kral, ilk buluşmamızdan itibaren benim için eşsiz biri oldun. Biliyorum ve inaniyorum ki seninle yolumuz özel bir nedenle kesişti. Bu özel neden, hayatım boyunca benimle olmaya devam edecek. Verdiğin tüm destek için sana kalpten teşekkür ediyorum. Seninle geçirdiğim her dakika için minnetarım. Yolun açık olsun…

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Osman experienced playing alongside LeBron James for only a season, but the three-time NBA champion has apparently left a positive and indelible mark on the 6-foot-8 small forward.

Osman is expected to see his role expand in Cavs uniform, as the team tries to collectively cover the gaping hole left by James, who led the team in win shares with 14.0.

Last season, Osman’s first in the NBA, he put up just 3.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 0.7 assists in 11.0 minutes per game.

Although his contribution to the team was minimal, Osman was able to have a front-row seat for arguably the best season of LeBron James’ career to date. James stitched together an impressive stat line of 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 9.1 assists across 82 games last season. He also shot 54.2 percent from the field, a fantastic feat considering the amount of defensive focus he’s been getting on an almost nightly basis while also operating as the team’s chief conductor on offense.

Osman, 23, is not going to be the next LeBron James, but it’s nice for the Cavs to see one of their youngsters being inspired by the superstar forward.

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