Cavs’ Backcourt Proving Delonte West Isn’t Needed

December 16th, 2009 by Dan Delagrange Leave a reply »
Throughout what has thus far been an up-and-down season for the Cleveland Cavaliers (even though they're 18-7 today), expectations and questions have wildly bounced along with the team.

Concerns about Shaquille O'Neal's effectiveness, the Cavs' ability to contend with the ever-improving Eastern Conference, and the expiring contract of LeBron James were just a few of the worries Cleveland carried with it as it prepared for a season brimming with hope for a title.

Delonte West's weapons charges arrest certainly didn't help things. In fact, the incident has opened the floodgates for the maligned former Cavs starter.

Since West's Sept. 17 run-in with the law, he has missed significant time in both practice and games. With a roster full of several new names taking on very important roles, preseason and early season gelling for the Cavs was—and still is—of the utmost urgency.

For West, who is pound-for-pound the second-toughest (being second best at anything on this team is a huge accomplishment) player on Cleveland's roster, developing chemistry in what has become a crowded backcourt was even more important.

The fallout of ...

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