Well by now I’m sure you’ve heard. The Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 season is a complete and utter failure, a total disaster, a roundballpocalypse.
Amazingly, rather than cancel all the rest of their games this season, the Cavaliers franchise is foolishly going to continue playing, even though what has happened is the worst thing that has ever happened ever including the Bubonic Plague, Jack The Ripper, the Hindenburg, Chernobyl and Songs Of Innocence by U2 (available for free on itunes!).
The Cavaliers at shootaround, if rumors are to be believed
I’m referring of course to Cleveland’s 2-3 start, from which there can be no recovery or escape. OK maybe they can overcome it during the other 77 games of the season, but it would take a complete miracle. So what happened?
NOTHING HAPPENED! NOTHING!
Oh my God, people, this incessant need for everything that happens to be either the greatest thing ever or the worst thing ever has got to stop. It is the worst thing ever!
Sometimes things are just things, and there is a whole plethora of completely logical explanations for why the Cavaliers don’t look the way maybe you thought they would look or the way they look, for example, on NBA 2K15 when you play it. Let’s consider.
First off, does anyone remember 2010?
Because when LeBron, Wade and Bosh first teamed up in Miami, no one knew how it was going to play out, and remember something, Wade was the guy who had won a championship, and in the early weeks of the Miami Heat experiment, you heard a lot of talk about how it was “Wade’s team” and how “LeBron didn’t want the last shot” and so on.
And you know what happened? First off, that “big 3” which was more experienced and, at that point, more talented than Cleveland’s big 3, didn’t win a championship. That’s #1. Secondly, by the end of the season, LeBron led the Heat in points, assists and steals, and the following season, en route to a title, LeBron led the Heat in points, assists, rebounds and steals.
By the time LeBron announced he was leaving, he had become so omnipresent in the collective conscience of Miami basketball, that people seem shocked that Miami is off to a healthy 4-2 start.
Now fast forward to this year. LeBron is playing with two other star players he has never played with before, and one of them, Kyrie Irving, has been that team’s leader up until now.
LeBron is not the kind of star player who comes in and consumers everything all at once the way Jordan was or Kobe was. Instead, LeBron not always seamlessly finds a way to blend in with the talent around him. Eventually, he will dominate with his new team for the simple reason that he is the best in the game, but give it a little time.
Irving (and, to a lesser extent, Love) needs to show, moreover, that he is not the stereotypical “best player on a lousy team” who can’t contribute once the team overall gets better and ix expected to win.
Oh and just for the hell of it, don’t forget that the Cavs have a coach who’s never coached in the NBA before, who was hired when they were still a second-division team and not one of the frontrunners to win an NBA title.
In the interim, calm down. The Cavaliers have the same record as the San Antonio Spurs, and won their first head to head meeting with their chief East rivals the Chicago Bulls. If you want something to panic over, how about the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are dropping like flies to injury and have started out 1-5. And they’ve already logged six years together and have people saying “now or never.” You certainly can’t say it’s looking like “never” for the Cavaliers, unless your definition of forever is until the end of next week.
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