Cleveland Cavaliers: From Laughingstock To the NBA’s Best Team

February 23rd, 2010 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
There are not a whole lot of fans who will be surprised if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA title this year.

The Cavs currently hold the league's top record (43-14) and are led by the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James. Sorry, Kobe Bryant fans.

In addition, the Cavs are loaded. LeBron's supporting cast includes All-Stars Mo Williams, Shaquille O'Neal, and Antawn Jamison, as well as talented role players like Anderson Varejao, J.J. Hickson, Anthony Parker, Delonte West, and Daniel Gibson.

While the Cavs have been a contender for the past few seasons, they were nothing short of a joke before LeBron arrived on the scene.

Let's travel back in time to the 1997-98 season when the team finished with a solid 47-35 record and made the playoffs. That would be the last season they would reach the postseason for the next eight years.  

During that forgettable playoff drought, the Cavs drafted a few disappointments such as Trajan Langdon, Desagana Diop, and Dajuan Wagner, but came away with talented guys like Andre Miller, whom they traded for the underachieving Darius Miles and Carlos Boozer, who eventually left t ...

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