The Other Side: Cleveland Cavaliers
The Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for the first time this season, rekindling a competitive environment that some would call a rivalry. Dan Steinberg wrote all about it on the Bog, and Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer touched on it this morning as well.
I know some attempt to belittle this "rivalry" because the Wizards lost all three playoff meetings, but you cannot deny the bad blood between some of the players and the fans. And, how many times does a team with fewer than 20 wins defeat a team with more than 60 victories -- twice! That's what happened last year, but again, that was last year.
The Cavaliers made several changes after their 66-win regular season didn't lead to a championship. They added Shaquille O'Neal, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon and Leon Powe, who is out until January with a knee injury. Cleveland (2-2) has been dealing with distractions involving Delonte West, whose personal problems have made tabloid news since last summer. But here's what you should know about the Cavaliers.
1. Cleveland lost its first two games against Boston and Toronto and raised questions about the O'Neal acquisition. The Cavaliers have won their past two games, but they still don't look good with O'Neal on the floor.
3. I hadn't heard anything about this, but I recently found out that LeBron James will become a free agent next summer. Who knew? Larry Bird weighed in on the speculation and said he thought James should stay in Cleveland, but Magic Johnson said he likes the "buzz" James could generate in New York. James visits the Knicks this weekend, so expect to hear endless chatter over the next few days.
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