Cavs to take a break, regroup

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Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 INDEPENDENCE: After the loss Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James signaled that the Cavaliers aren't where they need to be to win a league ...
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pete

Dayton, OH

#1 May 20, 2008
This fan see nothing wrong with the Cavs. A loss to the winning Celtics is not a failure. No matter how good the Cavs get some team may always be better, that is true in sports.
KBADM11

United States

#2 May 20, 2008
pete wrote:
This fan see nothing wrong with the Cavs. A loss to the winning Celtics is not a failure. No matter how good the Cavs get some team may always be better, that is true in sports.
Couldn't disagree more - don't you play to win championships? This franchise has been around 38 years and hasn't won anything, while other teams with shorter life spans have championships. Cleveland finally has a superstar yet they can't seen to add any quality players around him. I see teams like the Celtics, Spurs, Heat, Lakers, rebuilding on th fly adding pieces to go from worst to first immediately. We got our luck 5 years ago with the ping pong ball but sadly have done little to take advantage of it.
Tim in Plantation FL

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 20, 2008
Yeah, but getting better does not necessarily mean major changes - it could mean just playing together another year with the same players. Sure, a Michael Redd would be nice, but if it doesn't happen, I like this team (plus draft picks) as is for next year.
LeBron -WHAAA- James

Hudson, OH

#4 May 20, 2008
We stink.
GetReal

Medina, OH

#5 May 20, 2008
This team was lucky to go as far as they did. They can't shoot, and they've got a coach who just doesn't get it. They score 12 points in a quarter and the coach thinks every problem is defense. It's hard to watch. The first guy that should go is Wally "whatever the hell his last name is". Brought here as a shooter but can't shoot. Sat the bench in game 7. Pitiful. Next, Pavlovic. Can't do anything. Next, Jones. Can't do anything. Next, Snow. Can't do anything. Finally, Varejao. He's an NBA joke. Use the money these guys get, and get LeBron some help.
Cavs Fan

United States

#6 May 20, 2008
I hope the Cavs find a way to keep Delonte---he has great potential, and could make a difference next year--get rid of Sasha--what a loser!!!!!
larry d

Naples, FL

#7 May 20, 2008
I think I read different versions of this article all last year--Ferry waiting for draft, Ferry bides his time, Ferry on vacation, Ferry working the phones--right on up to late February when the roster had a 50 percent turnover a month before the playoffs.
bigdawg

United States

#8 May 20, 2008
When you have a Player like Lebron you are suppose to win Championships not just make the playoffs or the finals but win it all.The problem starts with the front office,not the Players.The players play to their ability which is to say that ferry cant judge talent just like he couldnt judge his own lack of playing ability when he played,and what he did was fill this roster with players like himself.Coach Brown is a fan and not a coach.He was suppose to be good at breaking down film,well he must be still blind behind them glasses because he couldnt see that lebron against 5 was not going to work,and after last year finals he should have came up with a better game plan,now I see why the Spurs sent them on their way and have not missed them.The Owner is a fan with no knowledge of basketball just listen to him when he is being interviewed,but the flip side is that he have deep pockets and need to surrong himself with basketball minds not board room junkies.solution,send ferry and brown packing maybe shaw high might could use them,find away to get rid of Z and yes I said Z a 7foot goof who cant snatch and not grab a rebound see this 18 points 18 points then 6 points and 6 points then 4 points need to stop,he is inconsistent at best.Ben wallace makes to much money for his ability got to go.along with dammon jones sasha wally snow oh his playing days over.get micheal redd Antoine jammison and maybe 2 more consistent role players and we are in if not then one more year of lebron and he is off to either the hornets,hawks,sonics or trailbalzers no not new york or new jersey he dont want to be in a rebuilding mode again.So my fellow fans demand a championship or stop spending your hard earn money on little soundbites we want to win and tell this organzation shut-up and win
hdawg

Mamaroneck, NY

#9 May 20, 2008
They aren't going to give Michael Redd or Antoine Jamison away.
tallmadge guy

Hiram, OH

#11 May 20, 2008
this team needs to find players that create their own shot and make a shot when they are open. they don't have enough players like that. James has to work too hard to keep the team winning. they need to make changes, get rid of wallace, Wally, keep Smith and West. go find another scorer.

this team will not advance past the second round as it is currently configured. they cannot stand pat.
Tony O

United States

#12 May 20, 2008
It was a good fight and effort, eventhough it could have been alot better. But I'm in a way not so angry cause with the current team or coaching staff, we wouldn't have much chance of winning it all. We need an offensive coach to healp Mike Brown.Plus we should get a player like Joe Johnson that can creat on his own + we could have Mr. Joe Johnson if the managment was bright enough, but yesterday's gone and lets hope for tomorrow. Go Cavs
oneluv

Salem, OH

#13 May 20, 2008
LeBron needs help. Ferry needs to find another coach. It's obvious that Mike Brown's lack of offensive knowledge is keeping us from achieving a championship. Why would you make LBJ guard Pierce, and expect him to do it all on offense? How did Devin Brown fall completely out of the rotation? Mike Brown failed us more than the players did. Avery, how do you feel about cold weather?
Josh

AOL

#14 May 20, 2008
We need a bona fide, scoring 2 guard to go with LeBron and share the offensive burden. Michael Redd is a perfect fit.

How anyone could justifiably say that a coach with nearly 150 wins in 3 seasons, a trip to the finals, and who nearly defeated a 66 win team in the playoffs with (your words, people) "inferior talent" deserves to be fired is beyond me. You people sound so out of touch and misguided...

The Cavs have 3 draft picks, cap room on the horizon, and allllll summer long to figure this out, and they had better get it done.
Jim in Kent

Ravenna, OH

#15 May 20, 2008
hdawg wrote:
They aren't going to give Michael Redd or Antoine Jamison away.
You're aboslutely right. So, the owner had to get off the kind of trade and money that will bring two players like that to the Cavs. A great point guard and a great, scoring forward. Two players like that would seal the deal for us. I keep dreaming I'll wake up and find something like that on the front page of the paper. Jamison would be LeBron's Scotty Pippen.
alan t

Lewis Center, OH

#16 May 20, 2008
bigdawg wrote:
When you have a Player like Lebron you are suppose to win Championships not just make the playoffs or the finals but win it all.The problem starts with the front office,not the Players.The players play to their ability which is to say that ferry cant judge talent just like he couldnt judge his own lack of playing ability when he played,and what he did was fill this roster with players like himself.Coach Brown is a fan and not a coach.He was suppose to be good at breaking down film,well he must be still blind behind them glasses because he couldnt see that lebron against 5 was not going to work,and after last year finals he should have came up with a better game plan,now I see why the Spurs sent them on their way and have not missed them.The Owner is a fan with no knowledge of basketball just listen to him when he is being interviewed,but the flip side is that he have deep pockets and need to surrong himself with basketball minds not board room junkies.solution,send ferry and brown packing maybe shaw high might could use them,find away to get rid of Z and yes I said Z a 7foot goof who cant snatch and not grab a rebound see this 18 points 18 points then 6 points and 6 points then 4 points need to stop,he is inconsistent at best.Ben wallace makes to much money for his ability got to go.along with dammon jones sasha wally snow oh his playing days over.get micheal redd Antoine jammison and maybe 2 more consistent role players and we are in if not then one more year of lebron and he is off to either the hornets,hawks,sonics or trailbalzers no not new york or new jersey he dont want to be in a rebuilding mode again.So my fellow fans demand a championship or stop spending your hard earn money on little soundbites we want to win and tell this organzation shut-up and win
Uhh ... those "deep pockets" you're talking about is a media lie. Actually, the money is coming from fans that buy the tickets. Since Gilbert's group bought the franchise, average ticket prices for Cavaliers games have increased over 300% above the NBA average. It's simply incredible that not one single sportswriter has printed this. Actually, come to think of it, it's not incredible, as they're all lackeys for management. And who in their right mind doesn't think the added payroll and luxury tax is going to cause ticket prices to be jacked up yet again next season?

Gilbert's "deep pockets" aren't paying for this overpaid squad of stiffs. YOU are.
O Riley Factor

Hampton, VA

#17 May 21, 2008
The Cavs need to do the following:

Get rid of:
Wally Szczerbiak- not a shooter and inconsistant Eric Snow- Decent Defense, horrible offense OLD
Sasha Pavlovic- Injurys, inconsistant and a HOLD OUT
Damon Jones-Worthless unless he is wide open from three point land "PLEASE CUT HIM"
Devin Brown-Good bench player, could go either way... Don't understand why THEY didn't play him when he started 50games in the regular season!!

Free up a lot of cap space to get a "Pippen" if you will for LeBron. Which could be a Jamison,Redd all kinds of players they could get. Use our 1st rounder and players to get a Beasley or Rose. Would be worth it in my book to trade a couple of years away to get a all-star to put next to Lebron. Mark my words we don't go to the FINALS this year and kiss Lebron Good-Bye He isn't going to put up with it.

Starting 5 Should Be:

PG Delonte West
SG Daniel Gibson(unless we sign a #2 for James)
SF Lebron James
PF Ben Wallace (Unless we get a upgrade)
C Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Varejao is better coming off the bench but unless we upgrade keep Smith and Varejao together and Z and Wallace works out good. But would like to see an offensive threat pick up...

From the begining I said this year will make or brake us with Lebron so... Time will tell...
edo

Los Angeles, CA

#18 May 21, 2008
Yes, that's what we need now, a vacation to "think about it."

What's there to think about? This team needs a coherent offense! Maybe that means new players, maybe that means new coaching, maybe that means both. But it doesn't take any more time to make the diagnosis.

This team has a great bench. Unfortunately it's starting. Wallace, Smith, West, Brown, Gibson, Varejao are nice role players. They would all be coming off the bench on the great Bulls, Lakers and Celtics teams of the past or the present Spurs. Maybe one member of that group, Gibson, could be a starter. But the team needs at least two more legitimate starters to go with LeBron and Z. And Z isn't going to be starter quality much longer. And LBJ isn't going to be in Cleveland much longer if improvements don't come and soon.

It's time to act with a sense of urgency. It's not time to take a vacation to reflect on what's been painfully obvious for more than a season.
hdawg

Mamaroneck, NY

#19 May 21, 2008
I think you can forget any hopes of getting Beasley or Rose.
Idiot Basher

Cleveland, OH

#20 May 21, 2008
alan t wrote:
<quoted text> Uhh ... those "deep pockets" you're talking about is a media lie. Actually, the money is coming from fans that buy the tickets. Since Gilbert's group bought the franchise, average ticket prices for Cavaliers games have increased over 300% above the NBA average. It's simply incredible that not one single sportswriter has printed this. Actually, come to think of it, it's not incredible, as they're all lackeys for management. And who in their right mind doesn't think the added payroll and luxury tax is going to cause ticket prices to be jacked up yet again next season?
Gilbert's "deep pockets" aren't paying for this overpaid squad of stiffs. YOU are.
why do you even pay attention if you hate them so much? i'm not even trying to be funny either. lots of folks who don't like it or them tune them out. i for one like our owner. GM and coach may be a different story but no one can tell me that they think dan gilbert won't spend to win.
alan t

Lewis Center, OH

#21 May 22, 2008
Idiot Basher wrote:
<quoted text>
why do you even pay attention if you hate them so much? i'm not even trying to be funny either. lots of folks who don't like it or them tune them out. i for one like our owner. GM and coach may be a different story but no one can tell me that they think dan gilbert won't spend to win.
Again, I reiterate: Why do you give Gilbert credit for his purported "spending" when he simply jacked up ticket prices over three times the NBA average to do it? I suppose in a Cleveland Cavalier fan's world, perception is reality, but seriously, this is just plain dumb. The guy is a charlatan.

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