We must have forgotten all of the crazy stuff that goes on when LeBron James is on your basketball team.
Early in the season, when the Cavaliers were struggling, it was easy for the media, both local and national, to find things to write about this basketball team.
The stories ranged from David Blatt being on the precipice of being fired, to James and/or Kevin Love opting out of their contracts after the 2014-15 season and heading to the free agent market.
When LeBron was in Miami, those stories simply didn’t exist about the Cavs, because no one cared about him.
There were even times when stories were dug up several weeks after the fact, such as Tristan Thompson turning down a huge contract extension.
Actually, Thompson turned it down before the second game of the season, right before the deadline to do such extensions, but it became a big story when the wine and gold was struggling.
Then, GM David Griffin made the deals which re-shaped the roster, and the basketball team starting winning. And winning a lot.
Last night’s demolition of Memphis gave Cleveland there 28th win in their last 34 games, a torrid pace to say the least.
Now, there wasn’t much controversial to concoct about this team.
Except for writing about the two scapegoats of the franchise, Blatt and Love.
We’ve been saying this for several weeks now, when the Cavaliers lose, you can bet the fans and media are blaming two people, the coach and the team’s starting power forward.
Local media people are always asking national types for the perception of Blatt, despite the fact that the last two times the wine and gold have had two days off and a solid practice, they posted impressive wins against Dallas and Memphis.
Why that doesn’t speak to Blatt’s ability and add how quickly the three new players fit in right away is a mystery.
However, he will no doubt be questioned until he wins the NBA title.
As for Love, without question he made the most sacrifices in his own game to come to Cleveland, and he will be rewarded with his first playoff appearance. He has consistently said he will be back with the Cavs next year, but that hasn’t stopped people (even Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning has weighed in) from saying the former Timberwolf player can’t wait to get out.
And in the past few days, they have blown out of proportion his comments that he and James aren’t “best friends”, and he thought his former UCLA teammate, Russell Westbrook deserved consideration as MVP.
For all of the talk Love did about wanting to be on a winning team, he would look hypocritical if he left the Cavs left one season to go to the Lakers or Knicks, the two most talked about places he will wind up.
Really? That’s all they can come up with?
The point is things are running so smooth right now, that the national writers, who can’t fathom anyone would want to be in Cleveland, have to invent stories to try to disrupt the momentum of this basketball team.
To this point, it hasn’t bothered anyone.
To be sure, they thought J.R. Smith would do something crazy or wouldn’t fit in either, but he’s been a perfect fit here, and Blatt has called him a joy to coach.
It sounds like the players know right now that they have something special going on. They know the playoffs start very, very soon.