I hope I’m not creating negative energy by weighing in because I feel like it’s one of those situations where I feel like it’s best to keep my opinions to myself…however, I’m more than curious about how the release of David Blatt is going to trickle down and affect the rest of the team.
Off and on I’ve been Googling various search terms about the Cavaliers. One rumor I was surprised to read about was was earlier in December 2015 after the Cavs vs. Portland game. The rumor was that there was talks of trading in Kevin Love and as the season continues, those rumors are starting to perpetuate itself in recent weeks, which leaves me as a fan wondering what’s going to happen next.
However, it’s not just rumors about K. Love getting traded, the sports world has also been throwing around the idea of Timofey Mozgov getting traded as well.
While I like both players a lot, I’ve probably been following Kevin Love more closely. It’s undeniable that Kevin Love has talent, but with the return of Kyrie Irving, it’s been tough to see someone like K. Love sort of fade to the background. Admittedly, he’s been laying a lot of groundwork in many of the games post-Kyrie, and has bounced back from the game against the Warriors Monday in the back to backs against the Nets and the Clippers, but it’s tough as fan to watch someone with his previous resume with the Timberwolves come to Cleveland and not perform as well.
K. Love’s got talent, but who’s responsibility is it to hone his skills and assets? Clearly he’s been putting in the work and effort, especially after being injured during the Eastern playoffs against Boston in 2015. He’s also shown a clear commitment to Cleveland when he signed a 5 year deal last July, and lastly, he’s been contributing as a team leader in rebounds, assists, and the overall point total in various games throughout the 2015-2016 season.
However, as all of the team members have been discussing, the Cavs want to win a championship. With their current roster and the changing of the guard as far as coaches, my question is how are they going to go about doing that? With NBA trade deadline looming on February 18th, would making these possible trades be for the good of the whole team who’s been heard to say that they’re “hungry” for a championship?
Some of the questions were answered, post Cavs-Bulls game last night, most notedly by Coach Lue. He made a point of saying that his team wasn’t as conditioned as they should be at this point of the season to play the level of basketball that he wants his players to execute.
Again, not a basketball expert by any means, but I’m curious to see how the NBA season progresses for the Cavaliers under new leadership and if the trade rumors will be substantiated.
Cleveland Cavaliers on nba.com: http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/schedule
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