It is all coaching - that is the only problem the Cavs have
I do not mean to be a trolling lurker – but I see exactly the same issue with this years Cavs as I saw in the 1997/1998 Lakers (I confess I am a Laker Fan) – Del Harris was the coach of the Lakers and his two Kobe/Shaq teams won 56 and 61 games both those years, but could not win in the playoffs – some of that was simply the Utah Jazz being a good team – but Del could not figurea way to beat Utah – Phil Jackson was brought in and let everyone know he thought they could be championship caliber within three years – We honest Laker fans were aghast when they won it all in Phil’s first year as coach for they were pretty much the same team – the big difference was Phil can coach the playoffs – he MAKES adjustments – I have no doubt that if Phil was the Cavs coach today – they would look like the 2001 Lakers who lost only one playoff game on their way to the championship…. As to the breakdown between Shaq and Kobe – much is documented – but I place a great deal of the blame on Shaq – Kobe can be one hell of an asshole – but he wants to win more than anything – and his summer physical regimen is legendary… unfortunately so was Shaq’s for all the wrong reasons…. he would come in overweight and take offense when called on it…. also the whole bit about waiting until the regular season for surgery so he could rehab on the "teams" time as opposed to his personal time…. An unmotivated Shaq is a nightmare… I think he is motivated now – I do not think he is the problem with the Cavs as I see he wants to burnish his legacy – not tarnish it…. Again…. Kobe is an asshole…. but he is OUR asshole….