Frank Geib ’15
The Cleveland Cavaliers began the year with high hopes for the season. But, after losing 7 straight games between the end of January and beginning of February, there is little hope left for the team. Their record stands at 16-33 and, barring a major turnaround, they will miss the playoffs for the third year in a row. The only hope they have is the fact that the Eastern Conference is terrible all around, except for the Heat and Pacers.
It also looks as if Mike Brown may be heading out of town early, as General Manager Chris Grant was fired this week. Dan Gilbert may be making a clean sweep in hopes to find a team worth cheering for. There has been numerous locker room issues and these have found their way onto the court. The headlines of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sports Page proclaim all sorts of rumors of trades involving young stars Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. It would in no way surprise me if one of the two is gone before next year. The team seems to have so much promise with the young talent on board, but at some point fans have to question when the talent will actually perform. Players like Irving, Waiters, Thompson, and Bennett all have promise but something is missing. Maybe it is a new GM. The Cavs have supposedly been in contact with Phil Jackson and it would not surprise me if he took the job as he wanted more power in L.A and that is why he refused the head coaching job. The head coach may also be the problem. I could see Mike Brown on the way out in the next couple weeks or by season’s end. Possible candidates for that job are highlighted by former Denver coach George Karl. Or maybe the cavs are missing a true superstar, say hometown hero turned villain Lebron James. There is always the slim possibility that The King could be wearing Wine and Gold next season.
The Cavs are tumbling downhill fast, and the next few weeks may prove pivotal in the formation of the team, from the front office to the roster.