Are The Cleveland Cavaliers Going Back to High School?
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Kevin is sleeping soundly in bed, dreaming of the future when he hears the worst noise in the world, the sound of his alarm going off.
BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.
He wakes up, sighs and smacks the alarm to stop the obnoxious beeping.
Kevin tosses the covers off and remembers that today is a big deal, it’s the first day at a new school. New friends and new experiences are on the horizon and Kevin cannot stop thinking of them as he gets into the old family car and heads to the facility.
While dodging the traffic and construction barrels on the high way Kevin begins to think to himself.
“Will I fit in with the other new guys and the ones who have been here for a while?”
“I have met these guys a few times and have been ok with them in small doses but how will I like dealing with them all the time?”
And the biggest question,
“Will I live up to the expectations put forth by my teammates and the media?”
This will be the scenario and questions all the kids at the Cleveland Clinic Courts High School will be thinking as they walk in on September 27 for the first day of Cleveland Cavaliers training camp. The highlight is that all the players including Kevin have the same schedule.
First Period- Chemistry
Team chemistry is one of the many things that held the Cavs back last season. The team seemed like it never gelled under Mike Brown, even allegedly coming to fisticuffs. Former General Manager Chris Grant even tried to bring in one of the best locker room guys in the league in Luol Deng and that didn’t even seem to help anything. Who knows what caused this discourse, it could have been all the losing, it could have been Mike Brown’s patented clogged toilet offense, it could have even been the lack of scoring and defense night in and night out. I am sure we will find out when the tell all book comes out in 10 years but for now I am going to assume it’s a little bit of everything.
The highlight is Mike Brown is gone and in comes David Blatt.
Blatts’ number one priority will not be what his offense looks like but more what his locker room and team chemistry will be like. There are a lot of different personalities in this room, who have been called out at one point or another for how they are as teammates. Now whether you think this a because-he-demanded-a-trade smear campaign or a this-team-bites-so-the-star-takes-the-blame slam fest it still was floating around during and after the NBA season.
The highlight is neither one of these guys are going to be asked to be the leader of the locker room.
That’s someone else’s responsibility and his name is LeBron James.
(Continue onto Periods 2, 3, 4, & 5 on the next pages!)