The latest reports out of ESPN, that eternal bastion of impartial and eloquent sportswriting, has a new report on the Cavaliers. I would say that it's the kind of report that jumps off the page and slaps you in the face, but this news did a real KO on me, immediately followed by a vintage Apollo Creed-Victor Cruz victory dance mash-up. Apparently there was a players-only meeting, and the players got pissed off at each other.
Now, the story is light on details (surprise, surprise), so what the fights were actually about is anyone's best guess. For all we know, Andy attempted to confiscate Anthony Bennett's Cheetos, or maybe Jarrett Jack was having trouble collecting the money he won from Kyrie on their who-can-miss-the-most-jumpers wager. But in all seriousness, any conflicts came from one place: the embarrassment that is the win-loss column.
The Cavs are 3-7 right now. Me and you and Nick Gilbert were thinking more along the lines of 8-2, and an ESPN front page feature titled "CLEVELAND ROCKS," while Zach Lowe said smart stuff about our defensive efficiency and Amin Elhassan slobbered over Kyrie Irving's improved play-making out of the pick-and-roll. Unfortunately, Andrew Bynum is a zombie, Kyrie looks closer to D.J. Augustin than Chris Paul, and Anthony Bennett looks like Bernie Mac, and has similar rim-finishing abilities.
So there's a bit of anger in the locker room. A bit of urgency. Forgive me for sounding like Rick Reilly, but the flame might have been lit. Hell, it's probably a small flame, but fire nonetheless. Maybe Bynum dunks on Gortat tonight. Maybe Kyrie gets fired up by the John Wall match-up. Maybe Sergey Karasev turns into Peja Stojakovic. A man can dream, right?
We don't know what happened in the Cavs locker room yesterday. But something happened, and that's better than whatever the hell was going on before. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the most listless, uninspiring teams in the league as of late. It's time to turn that around. Sometimes a little flame war is just what the doctor ordered.