Is Embarrassment of Riches a Minefield for Mike Brown’s Cleveland Cavaliers?

March 26th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Shaquille O’Neal soon will be as well.

Is that a good problem for Mike Brown to have, or just a problem?

On Wednesday, I wrote an article praising Leon Powe and the example he has been setting for the Cleveland Cavaliers since joining the roster in February. Naturally, Mike Brown did not play him later that night against New Orleans.

So goes the wild ride that comes with occupying a spot on Cleveland’s bench, which is loaded with players who could likely start elsewhere but must be content with a seat for now.

Powe’s transition from leading scorer on Sunday to lead cheerleader on Wednesday coincided, not surprisingly, with the return of Zydrunas Ilgauskas to the Cavaliers’ lineup.

Brown, generally uncomfortable with changing players’ roles, brought Ilgauskas off the bench in his first game back, leaving J.J. Hickson as the starting center in place of the injured Shaquille O’Neal.

Even Hickson’s starting assignment was a sign of Brown’s desire for continuity. When O’Neal went down, the coach inserted Hi ...

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