So, how did we get here? It’s a bit of a long story, one that all of us, that stuck by the Cavs between the two LeBron eras, know very well. But, to those of you who are new with the Cavaliers or back with us, let me explain how this all came to be. When LeBron left in the summer of 2010, it was the kiss of death to the Cleveland Cavaliers. We just fired our coach, lost our best player, and left with several lumpy contracts on the books as we stumbled into the future. The first season without LeBron James was the worst, setting a North American professional sports record for longest consecutive losing streak with 26 straight losses, (that record would be matched by the Philadelphia 76ers three years after). It was a dark year for the Cavaliers.
LeBron returned to the Cavaliers last summer. It was an emotional time for Cleveland as we made amends with our beloved son. Everything was forgiven and we became a dangerous team overnight. Suddenly, all eyes were on us. During the limelight, the Cavs pulled the trigger on acquiring Kevin Love from Minnesota and the new era had officially begun.
The Cavs are the most loaded team in the NBA right now with the deepest bench, by far. I will defend this statement until the day I die. That coming into the 2015 NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers were as deep as the love I have for them. We have Kyrie, J.R., Shumpert, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova, and Joe Harris consist of our guards; while LeBron, Love, Thompson, Shawn Marion, and Mike Miller make up our forwards; and Timofey Mozgov, Perkins, and Brendan Haywood at center. Looking at the roster right now, I don’t see a single weakness. We are stacked at every single position and the Cavs are all about that shock and awe right now, because nobody seems to be able to hang with us for an entire game. We are just too deep.
Coach Blatt has improved a ton as the season raged on. He was a straight up OG overseas, but had some trouble adapting to the NBA, being it his first year in the Association. He’s done a heck of a job as of late. He’s won the respect of his players, he’s managed the playing time and rotations respectably, and he has the proper competitive attitude for postseason play. He’s ready for the action just as much as our players are.
We are back where we belong and I am ready for redemption. This could be the year that Cleveland ends its championship drought. Since 1964 we have not had a team parade down Euclid. Just thinking about how that could all end in just two months sends chills down my spine. We have the most loyal fans on Earth and it’s time we are blessed with a title; with a trophy that recognizes Cleveland as a powerhouse in sports. I love this city with every ounce of my being and I want nothing more than to show the world that we are the best. The Cavaliers are a team of destiny and it all starts on Sunday. Our time is now, rise up!