Sunday, February 6, 2011

We are all Witnesses...to Futlilty

When Lebron took his talents to South Beach, we all knew that the Cleveland Cavaliers would struggle to win games.  Lebron James, despite his completely unlikeable personality, is a once in a generation athlete.  However, I don't think anyone expected even this.

Cleveland set a new all-time losing streak with their 24th consecutive loss, this time blowing a fourth quarter lead to the Portland Trailblazers.  Cleveland had won 60 games the last two years, although life without Lebron has been an absolute nightmare.

The Cavs record stands at 8-42, but what makes that abysmal record even more frightening, is that the team once stood at 7-9, and even has a win over the defending Eastern Conference Champion Celtics.  They have a 1-32 record since then.

What makes the Cavs story even more depressing, is that this is the least talented team in the NBA, and its not even close.  Terrible teams like the Timberwolves, Clippers, Kings all have some young talent, and hope for the future.  The Cavaliers look like the island of misfit toys, journeyman veterans mixed with players that simply should not be in the NBA.

The Cavs did not even own a pick in the 2010 draft, and their most recent first rounder, swingman Christian Eyenga, would probably be better off in the D-League.  J.J. Hickson has shown flashes, but will probably be nothing more than a decent roleplayer.  Antwan Jamison, their leading scorer, has surpassed his prime.

Cleveland, despite their comical record, isn't even guaranteed the top pick in the 2011 NBA draft, thanks to the lottery.  According to www.nbadraft.net, Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger is the projected top pick, but he isn't viewed as a franchise-changer like the aforementioned James is.

The worst part of the streak, is it makes Lebron's little ceremony look like it was justified.  Many people, including yours truly, attacked Lebron for his pathetic little charade, yet can you really blame the guy?  He knew that he had a crap roster, in a boring Midwestern town, and decided to play with his contemporaries in Miami.

I feel for Cleveland, the team will never reach the heights it did with Lebron.  They have a terrible roster, and free agents don't wanna play there.  The streak could last much longer, however they do play 8 of the next 9 at home, including winnable games against the Pistons, Clippers, and Wizards.

Way to go Cleveland, just when you think it can't get any worse, you made Lebron James into a martyr, words that I thought would never cross my lips.  At least Cleveland fans have Indians baseball to look forward to, hopefully Roger Dorn and Charlie Vaughn can help them win the pennant this year.  That's all you have left, Cleveland.
 

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