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2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers Preview

 

2009-10 Record: 61-21, 1st in Eastern Conference; lost in Conference Semifinals, 4-2, to Boston

Head Coach: Byron Scott, 1st season

Key Additions: None

Key Losses: F LeBron James, C Shaquille O’Neal, C Zydrunas Ilgauskas, G Delonte West, G Sebastian Telfair

Wow.  With LeBron’s departure to South Beach, one-third of the Cavaliers’ roster jumped off, or was thrown off, the proverbial sinking ship.  Of course, losing such dynamic personnel would spur a recent power in the league to restock the cupboards, wouldn’t it?  Well, if the likes of Joey Graham, Ryan Hollins, and Ramon Sessions are considered a good use of shelf space, then Cleveland truly will forever remain America’s most miserable sports town.  New head coach Byron Scott has long been a proven commodity, but he is not going to have a lot to work with here.

 

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Owner Dan Gilbert has to do a lot of hard work to rebuild the Cavs’ image and profile. It is Gilbert who has to be held accountable for coddling LeBron and not demanding a certain amount of professional decorum from his superstar over the past several years. LeBron and his own internal entourage were able to hijack the Cavs’ operations, and Gilbert was the prime enabler the whole time. Gilbert’s reputation might be fine with his fan base after his memorable Comic Sans memo to the city of Cleveland, but around the NBA, Gilbert’s viewed as a joke. That, in many ways, is the first thing that needs to change if the Cavs are to regain primacy as an NBA title contender.


 

By Matthew Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer

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