Larry Hughes: The Real StoryLarry Hughes has caught a lot of flak for his shot selection and for being injured frequently. Now, a big deal is being made out of Hughes saying that he was not happy in Cleveland--even though the team made the Finals last season--because he did not have the freedom to play his game; the funny thing about the latter "controversy" is that Hughes is simply publicly acknowledging what critics of the Cavs have said for quite some time: the Cavs played Hughes out of position at point guard.
I have always maintained that Hughes was an important part of Cleveland's success. The record shows that the Cavs performed best when he was in the starting lineup, even when he was not 100% healthy. The Cavs are absolutely going to miss his perimeter defense during the playoffs and they will have to make up for that by utilizing advantages in other areas (perhaps three point shooting or frontcourt depth) in order to return to the NBA Finals.
Here is a link to an excellent article by Melissa Isaacson of the Chicago Tribune that reveals another side of Larry Hughes:
Well -Traveled Larry Hughes Has Grown Up
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posted by David Friedman @ 2:18 PM