The Cleveland Cavaliers are once again under the media’s fire, but this time it’s different.
Last season, when the Cleveland Cavaliers started 19-20, the media scrutinized the newly assembled “Big Three” for their lack of cohesiveness, being too selfish, and not playing defense. The national media had rumors of Kevin Love with one foot out the door to free agency.
General manager David Griffin was on the verge of firing head coach David Blatt and LeBron James went one step closer to retirement because he had lost a step compared to his Miami days. That team went to the NBA Finals and came within two wins of an NBA Championship.
Fast forward to 2016 and the Cleveland Cavaliers are under fire again. Yet, the situation isn’t exactly the same. The team is 42-17, and the Cavaliers are in first place in the Eastern Conference. Love signed a 5-year max contract extension in the offseason, Cleveland returned almost the same roster, and they added more pieces to their bench with Richard Jefferson and Mo Williams.
On paper, the Cleveland Cavaliers look like a team that’s poised to make a return to the NBA Finals. So why are they facing the same scrutiny that the 19-20 Cavaliers of last season faced? The lack of cohesiveness, selfishness, poor defense, and the constant rumors are back.
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