Some may recall the 2010-2011 season as an unusual and uncertain time for the Cavaliers franchise. The team was only six months removed from "The Decision" (when hometown star LeBron James decided to play elsewhere). There was a sudden decrease in cohesion amongst the roster. I would say the Cavs were short on talent, leadership, and motivation at this time—which made Alonzo that much more welcomed when he hit the scene. As chemistry began to form on the team I began to feel confident about his addition.
I started to see we had something special with Alonzo, a versatile player who could play at small forward or shooting guard interchangeably. I witnessed phenomenal defensive plays and explosive dunks from Alonzo. He also had a knack for 3-point shots, establishing the nickname “3 Gee Service at The Q”. By the end of the season, Alonzo was arguably the most intriguing player on the roster.
As new arrivals Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson established their presence in 2011 with Cleveland, Alonzo continued to bring the excitement to the court, setting career highs in rebounds, assists, shots and points per game. In 2012-2013, Alonzo started all 82 games with the Cavaliers in his first full NBA season. Last season, we saw a diminished role for Alonzo with the influx of more offensive players to Cleveland, but still saw that phenomenal defensive ability that he is known for.
The days of Alonzo Gee in Cleveland are over. I will miss his competitive playing style that kept opponents honest and his high-octane offensive ability that struck fear into defenders' hearts. Alonzo cemented himself as a fan favorite night in and night out at Quicken Loans Arena and I thank him for his service to our team. May he continue to find success in Charlotte as he evolves his NBA game.
Thank you, Alonzo Gee!
Best wishes to you from a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. Please know that there will always be a place for you in our hearts here in Cleveland.
(As s of July 12, 2014 Alonzo Gee is actually going to the New Orleans Pelicans rather than the Charlotte Bobcats, according to newly released information. Scotty Hopson is the player being traded to Charlotte for Powell and Haywood.)