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Thursday, May 13, 2010

What is Wrong With the Cavs?

Why are the Cleveland Cavaliers on the brink of elimination from the playoffs despite posting the league's best regular season record for two years in a row?

My newest CavsNews.com article dispels some myths while taking an in-depth look at that question:

What is Wrong With the Cavs?

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posted by David Friedman @ 2:09 PM


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At Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:09:00 PM, Anonymous yogi said...

David - that was the best writing I have seen on this subject. Great, intelligent read - as always!

I wonder what the hell Lebron is thinking. You hinted that he is trying to get rid of his coach - you really think that is the reason for his play and behavior? Could he really be so childish?

At Thursday, May 13, 2010 4:44:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...


LeBron's words and body language directed toward the bench in game five were not positive, to say the least. I cannot say for sure that LeBron is trying to get rid of his coach but there are circumstantial reasons to wonder if this is the case. LeBron would not be the first superstar to try to get rid of a coach--Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan are widely believed to have had major roles in ousting Paul Westhead and Doug Collins respectively--but, needless to say, if that is the message LeBron was trying to send then he picked a horrible time and method to send it.

Do you think it might be a slight distraction to the team during game five to have John Calipari sitting on the baseline near Dan Gilbert and right next to the Cavs' bench? It has been well documented that LeBron and Calipari are closely tied together. Who do you think invited Calipari to have such a good seat? More importantly, what was the motivation to do so?

Roland Lazenby once wrote that Phil Jackson essentially kicked Jerry West out of the Lakers' locker room as a power play--and West was ostensibly Jackson's boss! Do you think that Brown has that kind of juice in Cleveland? Brown is in a no-win situation right now; if LeBron wakes up and leads the Cavs to the title then he will get all of the accolades but if LeBron sleepwalks through game six then Brown will be fired.

At Friday, May 14, 2010 5:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a conspiracy theorist or anything like that but re-watching this series leads me to think that Lebron purposely tanked this series. Don't ask me if I have proof because I don't. I know people want to say that his elbow is really bothering but I saw Lebron dunking hard on Thursday night. If he had a bad elbow, would he able to dunk like that? My guess is losing this series works in his favor much more than winning it. It opens up things for him and gives Lebron James unprecedented power over the Cavs or any other team(except the Lakers). It gets Mike Brown fired(with a credible excuse), gets a lot of players traded, allows lebron to hire his own coach...Think about it, If Lebron won this series and eventually the 'ship, He will be stuck with Mike Brown and the current cast, if he leaves he'll be crucified for it.
Again this is just pure speculation but watching this series I can't let the tanking idea out of my mind. Lebron looked disengaged all series.
Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan or even Kobe bryant would never tank a series just so they could pull a power play.

At Friday, May 14, 2010 5:08:00 AM, Anonymous jackf said...

John Hollinger already wrote an article saying that Cleveland lost because Lebron didn't received any help. What he failed to mention is that for a team who's always joking around with each other, watching Lebron looked so detached from the series had to have a negative impact on the team.
The interesting part is that the Boston Celtics know that Lebron gave them the series too.

At Friday, May 14, 2010 7:22:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...


It is evident that LeBron did not exert maximum effort during this series. Only he knows his true reasons/motivations but his public comments and his body language on the bench strongly suggest that he is not on the same page with Mike Brown. James surely knows that Brown's job is on the line, yet in the postgame press conference after game six he repeatedly praised Doc Rivers' game plans but only offered tepid praise--at best--regarding Coach Brown's game plans.

At Friday, May 14, 2010 7:27:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Jack F:

I don't know what else to say regarding various writers who write things that don't make sense. My best advice to you is stop wasting your time reading garbage and encourage anyone you know who is interested in objective basketball commentary to check out what I am doing here.


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