NBA Fantasy Filler No. 3: Cleveland’s Crisis, Clippers’ Curse, and Trends

January 5th, 2011 by Kevin Leong Leave a reply »
LeBron James was the scapegoat.

His departure was made out to be the reason the Cavaliers would be a mediocre team this year, the reason their playoff hopes would be dashed, the reason there would be no championship brought to Cleveland in the near future.

And then things turned out to be even worse than even I imagined.

Sitting at 8-26 and having lost seven straight games, the Cavs this year aren't just bad, they're one of the worst teams in the league. Only the Sacramento Kings has won fewer games, and even then, Cleveland has more games lost. They look lost on offense, lacking a leader to pick up LeBron's mantle. Antawn Jamison, an NBA veteran, just recently showed up in the box scores, retaking his starting position from JJ Hickson.

Ultimately, Cleveland's simply awful season begs the question, "Why are they so bad this year?"

Dan Gilbert would have us to believe that this is simply the consequence of LeBron's treachery, that this is further evidence of his betrayal of Cleveland. Sure they lost they're best player, one of the best players in the league. But one would imagine if they truly were a championship team with ...

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