The Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot of reasons to smile these days. They improved to 29-19 on Monday night after completing an escape job against the New York Knicks, 95-93.
The Cavaliers are no. 5 in the Eastern Conference and are 10 games over .500 for the first time since 2018. The smart moves of the team in recent years have netted Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, and Isaac Okoro, who now make up the core.
But aside from the players, the improvement of coach JB Bickerstaff has also made wonders for the Cavaliers. Except maybe for one thing. According to a report by ESPN, Bickerstaff likes to play old-school music during shootarounds. But the tunes of Mary J. Blige and Bob Marley, just to name a few, don’t really sound good for the young players, including Okoro who hilariously roasted Bickerstaff.
“His music brings the energy down. I tell him every day to change the music, but he doesn’t listen to me.”
But clearly, the Cavaliers are playing beautiful music on the court. After dwelling in the cellar in the post-LeBron James years, the squad has finally had its much-awaited turnaround, and Bickerstaff has been a huge part of it.
The Cavaliers have been hobbled by injuries and some bouts of inconsistency. They are still a young team (as evidenced by their musical taste), but things are definitely looking bright for the Wine & Gold.
There will be tough challenges ahead for the Cavaliers, but as Bob Marley said: Everything’s gonna be alright.