It’s basketball season. The Cavs open the season tonight in Boston. Just think, if it was for J.P. freaking Brown, the Celtics would be opening the season in Cleveland while we got our rings. Damn it. But let’s not dwell on the past. This is a new season. A new team and Cleveland’s best chance for a championship since the Indians were up 3-1 on the Red Sox.
Before we get to the season, let’s talk about what is happening tonight. Before the game the Celtics will get their rings and raise their NBA championship banner. Good for them. That’s the attitude the Cavs have taken. When most of these ceremonies take place, you see the visiting team standing there with a pissed off look and half-heartedly clapping, trying to be good sports when they really want to run out there and start a brawl. Not the Cavs. They will be in the locker room. They won’t see the ceremony. I like the move. I first thought seeing the presentation would be good for LeBron and Co. to get motivated. Then I read what Our King said about the whole situation. “We don’t need to be out there watching that; we need to get ready for the game. Congratulations to them. But we’re not the fans of Boston. We don’t need to be out here clapping for them getting rings.” And when asked if the Cavs could use the ceremony as motivation, LBJ said, “That’s stupid.”
I like that attitude. Screw the Celtics. Screw the rest of the NBA. This season is about the Cavs and right now I like their attitude and their chances.
As for the season, we’ve said it before but this is the best team the Cavs have had since LeBron came here. I know, I know, we said that two years ago and we said it last year (sorta). But this is different. Mo is the point guard we need to push the ball. Wally, Delonte and Ben have been with the team and have had a playoff run and offseason to bond with teammates and learn the system. That alone makes each of those three better. The 2-guard spot isn’t the most talented but it’s the deepest. West will start with Wally, Boobie and Sasha all playing. I like the ability to play the hot hand. If Sasha is sucking (he could be the most inconsistent player on the team) then he doesn’t play. But if he’s playing well, stick with him. If Wally’s back starts acting up like he is having flash backs of taking it up the ass at Miami (since we know everyone who graduated from there does that) then he can rest and wait until the next game. The Cavs have the ability this year to run.. a lot. I hope, and we better, see LBJ at the 4 quite a bit. Mo, Boobie, Wally/Sasha, LBJ, Andy/Ben. That’s a running line up. But what I like the most about this season is LeBron is just now entering his prime. It’s his sixth season so he knows everything there is to know about the Association. He is still just 24 years old. He just won a gold medal and was the unquestioned leader of the team where Kobe and D-Wade and others were on the team. He is simply better than anyone else in the league. How can you not like the chances of team lead by that man. Cavs should finish second in the East at the worse. And by next year, the Cavs will be opening the season at home getting their rings, raising their banners and making some other chumps decided if they want to watch it all.
NBA PREDICTIONS (* means playoff team)
EAST FINALS - Cleveland over Boston
WEST FINALS - New Orleans over San Antonio
NBA CHAMPS - Cleveland
MVP - LeBron
ROY - Michael Beasely