This was supposed to be the year of the juggernaut Cavs. The year the death star was fully operational. The year all of the concerns about fit and contract status went away. The year the Cleveland Cavaliers put aside the drama and came out on all cylinders. One mission, one focus, and everything was the prelude to May and June when they would get their shot to finally bring home their first NBA championship.
And let's be clear, that last part still rings true. This team is and will remain heavily favored to come out of the Eastern Conference and play in the NBA Finals. This team will build and work towards that moment. Kevin Love isn't going anywhere. Kyrie Irving's max contract is just kicking in. LeBron James re-signed this summer with little fanfare or intrigue. This team will be damn good.
But let's be clear about the first part. This will not be a boring regular season. The Cavs will face adversity. Some of it will be because Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are working back from injury. Some of it will be because Anderson Varejao and Timofey Mozgov and Iman Shumpert are coming back from injury. It'll also be because this franchise can't do it any other way. Whether it was Anthony Bennett or Dion Waiters or Andrew Bynum, this team does drama. Last year they did drama and they did wins. They aren't mutually exclusive.
Buckle up. There will be some speed bumps. The coach will say things that makes you scratch your head. LeBron James will say things that make you scratch your head. You'll wonder what the deal with Kyrie Irving's injury is. And it'll be okay. The turbulence will come with 50-some regular season wins and the chance to bring Cleveland it's first major sport professional title since ... well, you know. Let's get to it.