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.

Comments (5)

  1. That is really awesome to hear. This team’s definitely not going to be what it was the last few years with LeBron, but there’s a bunch of pros on the roster and a spurned fan base that’s going to doubly dedicated to supporting them. This team will be better than expected.


  2. Everyone talks about how good Cleveland has been without LeBron and how the players still in Cleveland are better than most people give them credit for, and all of this is true.

    But what this just reaffirms for me is that Mike Brown should’ve been canned years ago, and that Byron Scott is a far better coach than he gets credit for and never deserved what he got in NJ and NO.

  3. Totally agree with Nate on Mike Brown. It sometimes felt like he was putting LeBron James in difficult scoring positions just to see if he could pull it off. Great defensive coach, piss poor offense.

    This would NEVER happen, but it’s hard to imagine anything better than the Cavs making the playoffs and knocking off the Heat.

  4. The Cavs making the playoffs and playing the Heat in the first round seems relatively possible

    I’d consider it a victory if they could take it to 6 games

  5. Trey, you’re missing a y in the first word of the article.

    Do the Cavs still take pictures of themselves during introductions? Cuz that would be classic.

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