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Cup of Cavs: Cleveland Cavaliers news and links for May 10, 2022

Some thoughts on being nominated vs. winning awards.

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! Draft lottery is a week from today.

The first sip

Have had this thought ping-ponging around my head for a while, so let’s just lay it out here.

I get being bummed that J.B. Bickerstaff didn’t win Coach of the Year or wasn’t even a finalist. I get not loving that Tyler Herro won Sixth Man of the Year over Kevin Love and feeling that Darius Garland didn’t win Most Improved Player. I especially get being annoyed that Evan Mobley didn’t win Rookie of the Year. I also feel for the players and coach themselves, as I’m sure they’d have liked the recognition. That’s only human.

But I also think this can lead to missing the first for the trees in that the Cavs having so many people in contention for awards is really cool and a sign of how far they’ve come in a year. This is a team that has really leveled up in a short amount of time. The fact that they have people in talk for awards shows that even if they didn’t win them.

That’s it. Not a deep thought, or worth a full column. But perhaps worth sharing here.

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