Posted on: December 4, 2008 2:00 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2008 2:04 pm

Enjoy it Cavs fans

Let's forget all the hand-wringing and paranoia over whether Lebron is going to leave Cleveland in 2 years. Let's just sit back and enjoy the ride right now. Carpe Diem! Because if you insist on letting yourself be swept away by the pundits, you can't possibly enjoy what is happening right before your very eyes: This is a really good basketball team!

Here in Cleveland, we have had our hearts broken on so many occasions that we can recite them all at the drop of a hat - 'Red Right 88', "The Fumble", "The Drive", "The Shot", "The Mesa meltdown", "Through the legs of Tony Fernandez." And if you're older, you remember Herb Score's tragic ball back to the mound, Jim Chones' broken leg, and Ernie Davis' Leukemia. We're "close but not quite,"  the ultimate in "wait until next year" fans. So much so, that we have a hard time enjoying it if/or when we have a sports team that gives us something to cheer about.

But I am telling you to give in to the temptation of getting excited about this Cavs team. I'm not telling you that they are a dead-bang, sure-fire champion. They are clearly not the favorites...that honor goes to the Celtics and Lakers (just like old times). But this team is really, really good.

In the recent past, the Cavs were prone to letting bad teams off the hook and playing down to their level. That has cost them home court in the playoffs, where it matters most. They are not only beating teams they should beat, but they are humiliating them. The starters have barely had to get off the bench for the second half in the last 15 games. In fact, this team is so deep that they are actually building leads when the starters take a rest. There are matchup problems all over the place as coach Brown finally has some players he can rely on besides James and Z.

Moe Williams has proved to be just what the doctor ordered in terms of getting some flow in the offense and not forcing us to watch the "Lebron pound the ball at the top of the key for 20 seconds" offense of last year. Ben Wallace, Z, Gibson, Szcerbiak, West, and Verejao have all figured out their roles; and Hickson and Pavolovic look better each night. And...oh yeah...Lebron is a pretty good player too.

This one is going down to the wire. If you're still gun-shy, maybe you should close your eyes. But I think you'll be missing a pretty good ride.

Posted on: November 7, 2008 4:26 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2008 7:13 pm

Thank God For Basketball Season Cleveland Fans

I just watched that travesty we call a "football team" here in Cleveland....and I've finally reached that worst of all ailments that any fan can have. It's not anger, heartache, or frustration....it's "apathy."

My brother, God forgive him, is a Notre Dame fan and he called in the third quarter of yesterday's Browns game to tell me how "Quinn is the savior." I quickly reminded him that it was the third quarter, and although Brady looks great, the Browns will find a way to lose this game. I asked him to call me after the game. He never did.

And while most Browns' fans tossed and turned all night thinking about how angry that they were over yet another in a string of games where they let the opposition off the hook...I slept peacefully. It's not that I won't watch them play (I don't think I've missed a game since I was 13 years old), it's just that I have no expectations AT ALL.  I have a list of reasons why this season has turned into a disaster, but I won't go into detail because it might ruin my calm "apathy" about this team. I will chear them on and hope they win....but I will never trust them enough to have an emotional investment.

The Browns' season is officially over. Time to find out who can play and who must go (including the coaching staff).


Posted on: October 29, 2008 12:59 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2008 2:03 pm

Cavs Show Encouraging Signs in Loss

A loss is a loss, so it is hard to get too excited about the way the Cavs started the season. However, there were some encouraging signs that this could turn out to be a special season. Keep in mind Cavs fans, starting the season playing the defending champion Celtics on the road is no simple task...so take the loss in stride because it is a loooooooooooong season.

What is encouraging is that they took the Celtics down to the wire in their own building despite a somewhat off night from Lebron. And although the team had a short stint in the third period where their offense got bogged down....for the most part, the Cavs moved the ball well and had very good floor spacing - which was a major reason for some of their struggles last year. Moe Williams looks like he will be a very good compliment to Lebron and Big Z...stroking a couple open jumpers and having the ability to break down defenders with his ball-handling. The fact that he is able to handle the ball (as opposed to last years point guards Boobie Gibson and Eric Snow) will enable the Cavs to drop Lebron down in the post on occasion where his size and speed create a tough matchup for any team. That is something the Cavs did very little of last year and looks to be an added component of their half-court offense this year. This will be especially important come playoff time when games slow to a snails pace.

The other noticable difference to this team is the added depth. Right now, based upon matchups, they can play Pavlovic, Szczerbiak, Delonte West or Gibson at the 2-guard, and Williams, Gibson or West at the point. Wallace, Ilgauskas, Verejao, Hickson and Lorenzan Wright make a nice rotation at the 4-5 and when they go small, add Lebron to the list. Last years' mid-(late)season trades and holdouts gave the Cavs very little time to grow acclimated to one another. Having training camp together, along with the addition of Williams, will go a long way towards not only having a higher playoff seed (and potentially home court advantage), but may put put them over the top in the East.

The bottem line is Mike Browns' teams always play defense, so they will be in every game to the end. Lebron is usually there to save them in close games. But this team shows the ability to run away from some teams on some nights, which has not been the case in past years. I don't think they will get "trapped" by some lower echelon teams like they did last year, which led to a lower playoff seed and a more difficult road in the playoffs.

Its early....but I'm excited this year.

Posted on: July 17, 2008 1:36 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2008 1:44 pm
This entry has been removed by the administrator.

Post Deleted by Administrator

This message has been removed by the administrator.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com