How LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Fell in Love with the NBA’s Old Dudes

January 9th, 2017 by Jesse Spector Leave a reply »

The day before the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for ace shooter Kyle Korver, general manager David Griffin reminded an inquiring reporter about how the defending champs approach team-building. It could have foreshadowed the following day's transaction, but it sounded like a subtweet directed at the Golden State Warriors, his team's opponent in the past two NBA Finals.

"We don't set up to be a superteam that's gonna win 70 regular-season games," Griffin says. "We look at it as playing for the playoffs. We're trying to line everything up to be the freshest and best we can be when the playoffs start."

But Griffin has assembled a team built for more than the postseason. The Cavaliers (28-8) have the best record in the Eastern Conference, after all.

There is a key difference between the regular season and the playoffs that Cleveland is positioned to exploit. The Cavaliers did it last year on the way to the championship and are poised to do it again.

Cleveland is one of the few teams that view age not as a debilitator but as a strength. With an average mark ...

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