Friday, May 14, 2010
This roster can not be stopped! Look at how deep this fucker is! I'm so excited that I'm about ready to piss myself. If there was any doubt that it would be the Lakers/Cavs come June, it's a guarantee now. The drought in NE Ohio ends this year, my friends. It's destiny for this Cavs team. Seal/Beanie/Rosenberg, where do you want to meet for the parade? Get your minds out of Cleveland and start thinking like a winner, dammit. That trophy is OURS.--I said this in February after the Jamison trade...my how things change.
You know how Rocky IV is awesome? How it features the greatest soundtrack in the history of cinema? How it ended the Cold War? How it showed the end of Apollo Creed's life? Well let me tell you something, the Cleveland Cavaliers are Apollo Creed. They are all talk and no follow through. They come up small in the biggest moments. And in the biggest moment/challenge of their lives, they fucking die miserably in an embarrassing fashion.
Think about it. We start the original Rocky and we never see Creed win the title. We're just told that he's the champ and a great fighter. This is like the Cavs after being swept in the Finals by the Spurs. We continue with Rocky I by playing the eventual champs (Boston) about dead even with them winning in the end (which is a reversal of my analogy but hang with me). The following year and movie (II), we vow to never let that happen again. Rocky Balboa was a one time lucky chump! But we lose again to him (Orlando) because it was a bad matchup and we weren't tough enough. Forget that III never happened because I could not relate Apollo's role in that movie to anything the Cavs did. And that led us to IV. What people have deemed to be potentially the Cavs last go 'round. This is it. It has to be. Same thing for Creed. He had one fight left in him. But neither Apollo nor Cleveland took it as seriously as they should have. In the end, they both died in the fucking ring to a rugged opponent with plenty of experience dominating on the big stage. All talk, no results/rings.
Look, I don't want to just spew all of the venom inside of me because you don't have the time to read it all. This is disappointing. The future is unclear. We all know the ramifications. Whatever. If this was the last game with this core, they made a run and it didn't work out. This isn't the first team who fell short of expectations and it won't be the last. It isn't easy to win a title. Personally, I'm fine. It sucks because everything seemed like it was going to happen, but it didn't. A few things:
Mike Brown is gone. He did a rotten job in the playoffs every season. He never coached on the offensive. And he never made adjustments. Whether LeBron stays or not, there will be a new coach in Cleveland next season. This much we know. I will never understand why he never went small with JJ Hickson and ran more. That decision was appalling.
Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison just don't have it. They can show flashes of greatness but can't do it consistently. And when they don't have it, they are worthless.
LeBron. There is plenty of time to discuss the future, I'm going to quickly discuss the present. That was not pretty. I definitely think that he was more hurt than he let on. He isn't the best shooter but he isn't THAT bad. And please stop talking about how he never had players alongside him. That is bullshit. He has all-stars around him including one of the best players in NBA history. We can't forget that his diva behavior regarding his free agency cost them free agents. Everyone wants to play with LeBron, but if he isn't willing to commit to staying there, then why would Charlie Villanueva, Trevor Ariza, etc. sign if he could bolt after one year. Everyone thinks that they know what he's going to do, but no one truly knows. I'm sure you all have your opinions, too, but I don't really care. I could give my opinions regarding the potential departure now, but I'll wait until late June to do that. There is plenty of time in between and things can change quickly. Like, say, if the Cavs hire John Calipari to be their next coach, you know he's coming back. It's going to be an interesting offseason for sure.
It was a nice career, Z and Shaq, but you guys are done.
Normally, I would hammer the Celtics because I hate them but they were great. They dominated. I give them all the credit in the world. Every single weakness that the Cavs had, they exposed it.
So now we play the waiting game. Is the Cavaliers franchise over as we know it or do they reload in the offseason and go for it again? I don't know. You don't know. I'm 100% positive that Colin Cowherd does not know. Apollo never got up off the mat after Drago put him down, but will the Cavs be able to after the most disappointing playoffs series in team history? At least Rocky Balboa himself (Steve Nash) is still hanging and banging in the playoffs fighting the good fight and trying to rid the world of shitheads like the Lakers, Celtics, and Dwight Howard.
Two final things: 1. You won't be reading about the NBA again for awhile (you're welcome). 2. I'm writing this thirty minutes after the final horn and my analogy makes all the sense in the world. That just shows that I will never back down in the face of adversity. I will always show up in the big moments. You will never have to worry about throwing the towel in for me.