Everything changed for the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 8. That’s the night of “The Decision,” if your Day Planner isn’t filled with various LeBron James-centric memos. After that one hour special, the Cavs were no longer a title contender, no longer one of the NBA’s crown jewels and no longer relevant in the eyes of many. All in all, a pretty devastating night for the Cleveland franchise.
But don’t worry about the players. As Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger found out, they seem to be doing just fine.
“Believe me when I tell you it never comes up,” said Anthony Parker, the 35-year-old shooting guard. “In our private moments, we’re talking about the last game, and what we have to do better the next game. The same conversations the other 29 teams have.
“The other thing” — the name that shall not be uttered — “never comes up.”
“What helps,” added Boobie Gibson, the punch guy off the bench, “is that Cleveland still loves us. I’ve been here five years, and you say, ‘No, they’ve loved LeBron.’ Okay, but they love us regardless. It’s not just about the star.
“There’s a love for the Cavaliers that will never change.”
Well, that’s exactly what you’d want to hear coming out of the Cleveland camp. Yeah, they lost a lot, their owner is crazy and no one expects them to do anything important in the near future, but the players on the team don’t care about that. They just care about basketball and making Cleveland’s fans proud. Very, very cool.
Plus, as Skeets mentioned today, the Cavaliers are one spot ahead of the Heat in the Eastern Conference. For once, everything’s coming up Cleveland.