Reason 65: The “Comeback Kids” Of Cleveland
There’s no doubt the Cleveland Cavaliers were enormously effected by LeBron’s departure to Miami last summer. After a 61-21 mark in the 2009-10 season and a trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Cavs stooped to an Eastern Conference worst 19-63 in 2010-11. Now with the bitterness of LeBron leaving town somewhat behind Cleveland fans, the Cavs can now focus on their future. And with rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, the Cavs certainly have a number of young building blocks to piece back together this franchise. Both Irving and Thompson should make an impact early and often for Cleveland, while Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao and Baron Davis will provide experience and leadership to this young squad. To go along with their two stud rookies, the Cavs’ current roster has six players entering their second NBA season and only three players over the age of 30. Look for Cleveland to make a leap in the standings, as well as experience some growing pains at times in the upcoming season. While the Cavs may not have one of the most exciting or talented rosters in the league, they certainly have a young squad that can start with rebuilding a franchise that was crushed a year ago.