A lot of NBA was played on Monday.
Blessed as I was, I had the chance to sit out the storm and enjoy a day off courtesy of Dr. King and his impact on our country. At one point, my oldest boy asked if the Cavs were on.
“Not this year little man, but maybe soon.”
As he ran off, I caught myself remembering back to when the Cavs were the main event on day’s like the King Holiday.
Every NBA showcase game they were there. As gone as they are now, I truly believe they’ll be back.
Maybe not to the same scale and probably not next year, but those days will arrive in time to shape into my five-year old’s version of our "Price and Daugherty Era."
The Cavs, and their fans, are swallowing the pain of doing this the right way. Dan Gilbert warned us.
On Tuesday, we had an escape from that monotony. The trade was exciting and Kyrie’s performance at home against the Celtics was even better.
By and large, however, “the process”, includes no shortcuts. The pain will return.
This team is being built through the draft, primarily, in a sustainable way. In the modern NBA, where Jon Leuer can be exchanged for much more than we'd ever imagine, sustainability does not come quick.
Organizations can only shoot for the big trophy in a few different ways, and we’ve clearly chosen the path of patience and prudence. By far the most disciplined and unpopular plan anyway.
On consistently selling the rebuild
You have to tell a fan base coming off two straight 60-plus win seasons that winning 50 of your next 190 games is the plan. Get young, get flexible, stockpile picks, and it’s inevitable that the rest of the NBA will make sure you’re losing.
Frankly, if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it masterfully. As far as phase one is concerned, anyway, the Cavaliers have.
The mood is still changing, though, as we approach the 2012-13 All-Star break. Patience is wearing thin, and to some degree, it's understandable. All of the frustrations of losing are taking its toll.
It’s the exact reason that rebuilding is horrible to go through as a fan and also the reason that teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors offer big contracts to Drew Gooden and Landry Fields to temporarily avoid such pain.
It’s also the reason the Orlando Magic, when the situation was screaming for a tear down, took back over $50 million dollars in cap space over the next three to four years for Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington in the Dwight Howard deal.
Mediocrity usually avoids apathy. Gilbert and Grant are choosing to roll the dice, and considering they’re boasting a .263 winning percentage for the last three years and are still middle of the pack in attendance, I think that call is correct.