While I may not share the same Thanksgiving as a lot of the Fear The Sword community, I do share a lot of my time with you guys. So I thought I would take some time to account for all the things I am thankful for this season and wish everyone celebrating today a happy and filling Thanksgiving.
1. All of you guys.
I know I'm not just speaking for myself when I say that this community means a lot to the writers here. Your feedback, perspective and interaction is incredible. It is both an honor and very humbling that you guys choose to come here to get Cavs news and interact with us. Without you guys we would just be a bunch of youngbloods ranting somewhere about what ICE is and the merits of what Mike Brown does as a coach. I can't say thank you enough.
2. Thank you to the East
You are a disgrace. The Cavaliers at 4-11 are two and a half games out of the fourth seed. Go ahead and marinate on that for a minute. There are only two teams above .500 in the East. How terrible the East is buys Chris Grant a lot of time to figure out what direction the team should be taken in this season. It also gives Mike Brown a lot of time to figure out how to make all of these parts work on both ends of the floor. In a normal season we would be close to out of luck, but this year...ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!
3. Thank you to Earl Clark
You have stopped taking a step inside the three point line before you shoot. You've also stopped pressing on offense. Clark has flown under the radar despite shooting 48.5% from deep. I wasn't sure how sustainable his shooting performance from last season was; but he's already made 16 three pointers after making 35 all of last year. It appears that Mike Brown's plan to have him play at SF will be cut short because he is just playing too well as a stretch four.
4. Thank you for health
One of the biggest questions coming into this season was whether or not the Cavaliers could stay healthy. So far they have been very lucky in this department. Bynum appears to be progressing quicker than any of us would have anticipated, and while it's taking awhile for everyone to figure out how to play with one-another, it would take A LOT longer if we had to constantly switch our lineups due to players not being able to stay healthy. Hopefully this trend continues and the Cavs can continue improving on how cohesive they play.
5. Thank you for Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, Sergey Karasev and Tyler Zeller
We may not agree with the selection of these players, we may argue about their value, their ceilings, and how they fit. But they make things interesting. Every one of these players has a ton of potential (even you Tyler, just not as much). While safer picks may have been available, these are the guys we have. We can't dwell on the past. They all seem to be high character players who work hard. While there are stories of arguments in the locker room, that shouldn't change how we view these guys from a character standpoint. I would be concerned if there wasn't arguing after the start they are off to. Players need to hold one another accountable and there isn't anybody in the locker room that doesn't deserve to have a finger pointed their way.
This was something that was missing during the last era of the Cavaliers. It's natural for fans to worry about whether or not a player will grow into who we want them to be. But all of these guys have a lot of potential and while it's unlikely that all of them will be on the roster when we win a championship, they may end up being part of a move to help push this roster to the top. Maybe Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson or Anthony Bennett would excel in a different situation. This isn't a reason to be discouraged, all it takes is one GM with the right set of assets to believe this is the case and make a move to make both teams better. But what the Cavaliers should absolutely avoid doing is making a deal just for the sake of making a deal. It's too early to give up on these players. If an opportunity presents itself that could benefit both the player and the Cavs then by all means go for it. For all the flack Cleveland takes for some of these draft picks, as soon as talk of a trade comes out you see people from all over wonder what would happen if they tapped into the potential of these guys.
Tough day for the Trade Machine Picasso. Can't figure out how to get the VERY AVAILABLE Dion Waiters to Boston. Need Trade Machine PEDs.
Tough day for the Trade Machine Picasso. Can't figure out how to get the VERY AVAILABLE Dion Waiters to Boston. Need Trade Machine PEDs.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 28, 2013
Again, if Hinkie can get Anthony Bennett on the cheap, I'm going to start building him a statue right now.
Again, if Hinkie can get Anthony Bennett on the cheap, I'm going to start building him a statue right now.— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) November 27, 2013
If any of these guys get traded I'll tell you this, I'd root for them. The point I'm trying and probably failing to make is this... Every team makes draft picks that the fan base doesn't agree with. I'm just thankful that we have a collection of talented, likable players. None of these guys are going out and getting DUI's or anything like that. While their fit can be, and will be argued constantly as time goes on. It doesn't take away from their potential or their character. I'm invested in these players, I've followed many teams who draft guys that I really couldn't care less about, that's something special in my opinion. Sure it makes it more frustrating when they struggle, but when they do well it feels fantastic. I'm sure many will disagree with me here, but this is a list of what I'm thankful for. So step off!
6. I'm thankful for The Q.
The Cavs have played a lot of road games so far this season. That means more home games are coming up. This hopefully will count for something
But we have one more road game coming up Friday against the Boston Celtics. I'm thankful that it's not a team that was in last years finals. Hopefully the Cavs are taking this day to reflect on the season so far and turn things around.
For the record there really is no shame hanging around a 10 point deficit to the Miami Heat.
Go Cavs and Happy Thanksgiving!