Let me first state my position on basketball:: I've played "old time" high school basketball back in the days when you clubbed a dinosaur to put food in the cave . . . . . well it almost seems like it was that long ago. Let's just say that when I played, we actually wore shorts, not those pantaloons that these guys wear today. The game wasn't played with such vivid interpretation of the rules like it is today, but then again, it was advertised as a non-contact sport. Frankly, I like the way the game has interpretted the rules and the increased pace. Players are much more athletically talented today then they were in the dark ages.
So I played and I've coached. I still love the game at the high school level and at the college level..... the professional level riles my dander. I hate to see the pushing and the shoving in the paint, while a simple hand-check out front gets whistled every time. I also don't like to see the walking, the carrying, the FLOPS, and the WHINNING. These are professionals and they should act like professionals. Tom Hanks once said, "Crying.!! Are you crying? There's no crying in baseball". . . . Well, there shouldn't be any whinning in basketball, either.!! It's almost like these guys are flaunting the Screen Actors Guild [ SAG ] card everytime they step out on the court.
Tuesday night, I watched the CAVs play the Nets. The first thing I always look at is the other team's defense, 'cause in order to win games, you have to break-down their defense into it's weaknesses... then exploit those weaknesses. Having watched a few games last year I remembered how other teams defensed the CAVs. IF anyone else but LeBron James had the ball, they'd play straight man defense... but let the ball end-up in James hands; and the defense changed dramatically. Every eye was on James, just like a 1-on-5 game. Where ever James went,the entire defense watched and reacted accordingly. It was the best zone defense employed in the NBA. So Tuesday night, I see that the NETS defense was straight-up man-to-man with a little weak-side drop back for assitance in the middle. Just enough weak-side help to make the defense ripe for solid penetration and easy dish-off to the open man. Yep, this should be a good year for the CAVs. The CAVs have too many good shooters on the floor for any team to play 1-on-5 defense. Opposing teams are now forced to play the game honestly. I saw great ball movement and many solid open looks. Mo Williams, Booby Gibson, Delonte West, and LeBron James are just going to be too much for defenses to handle. When you throw in "Z", The Flopper, Wally, and Ben Wallace the CAVs should rule. They look like they have the most imprtant ingredient.....chemistry. We got rid of the stiffs and have replaced them with desire.
I just may watch these guys this year 'cause right now, they show promise..... a lot of promise...... even for an old player from the dark ages. I'm thinking LeBron gets his ring this year.
Till next time . . . Stay Well, and See You Somewhere, I Hope. . .