Cleveland Cavaliers’ Shaquille O’Neal Should Be Sixth Man of the Year

November 10th, 2009 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
Word out of Cleveland is that Mike Brown isn’t worried. The Cavaliers are a work in progress. Certain things have been dismantled so that other things could be tried.

Yes, Shaquille O’Neal changes things. His presence in Phoenix put a screeching halt to the Suns fast-break offense, which has been revived since the Big Anchor moved on.

He’s doing the same thing in Cleveland, where the suddenly schizophrenic Cavs don’t know whether to get out of Shaq’s way, or get out of LeBron’s way, or get out some reading material while Brown takes another season to decide what the team’s offensive philosophy is.

Other than offensive, that is.

At 4-3, Cleveland looks nothing like the championship contender everyone expected them to be. But they aren’t worried, they’ll tell you. It’s a long season. They’ll be in the playoffs. They’ve got 75 games to get the kinks out. Everything will be fine.

Could be. But I like the notion of going into the playoffs with momentum, with swagger, with confidence. And it doesn’t hurt to have the best record in your conference, if not the entire league.

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