The pointless marathon otherwise known as the NBA regular season is heading down the home stretch. Most teams have slightly more than 20 games left to play and the playoff picture is beginning to take shape. The teams outside of the playoff picture are also beginning to position themselves for the future by trading off assets for draft picks, expiring contracts, and in some instances even straight up cash. As a Cavs fan, the season can’t end soon enough. With the mad dash to the finish we have a pretty good idea of who the contenders are and who is on their way to an early playoff exit. So with all of that said it’s time to take a look at what is going on and what to expect from each team for the remaining quarter of the season.
So as not to bombard people with a 4,000 word article, this is going to be broken up into two parts. Part one will focus on the non-playoff teams. Look for part two either later today or sometime early tomorrow depending on how things go. Continue reading
This week LeBron James makes his return to Cleveland for the first time since “The Decision” back in July. Needless to say, this will be a landmark moment for the city as we officially come face to face with the ramifications of “The Decision.” Since this is such a huge event I will be focusing the majority of the week on “The Return.” Today’s entry, part 2, will focus on the honeymoon phase between LeBron James, the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland… for Part 1: The Marriage click here.
On opening night of the 2003 NBA season LeBron poured in 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists. Cleveland was living on cloud nine. The Cavaliers had instantly restored credibility to the organization. LeBron became an overnight sensation and took the basketball world by storm. Any questions about how he would perform were answered quickly and with authority. The honeymoon had officially begun.
In Lebron’s first year the Cavaliers improved from a pitiful 17 wins to 35 wins. The team finished 9th in the Eastern Conference and just barely missed out on making the playoffs. LeBron won the rookie of the year award and averaged a solid 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assist. He was just as advertised coming out of high school and for the first time in a long time Cleveland had a growing sense of optimism. Things would only continue to get better from there.
During the next three seasons Cleveland watched LeBron become not just a man, but THE MAN in the NBA. He was everywhere. His face was plastered on billboards. He was appearing in commercials. He was endorsing products left and right. He was bringing the spotlight to Cleveland, something no one ever thought they would live to see. Cleveland mattered, the Cavs mattered… we mattered. Continue reading
Part one of a four part series…
This week LeBron James makes his return to Cleveland for the first time since “The Decision” back in July. Needless to say, this will be a landmark moment for the city as we officially come face to face with the ramifications of “The Decision.” Since this is such a huge event I will be focusing the majority of the week on “The Return.” Today’s entry, part 1, will focus on the marriage of LeBron James to the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland…
May 22, 2003
The day that would forever change the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland.
May 22, 2003
The day that Cleveland would FINALLY have a sports savior, their own Basketball Jesus to guide the city to its first major championship since 1964.
May 22, 2003
The day that the Cleveland Cavaliers, holders of a 22.5% chance of obtaining the #1 pick in the NBA draft would do just that, and gain the right to draft… LeBron James. Continue reading