It's Monday and John Schuhmann has released his NBA power rankings on NBA.com. I went straight to the bottom of the list and verified my suspicions, that the Cleveland Cavaliers were at the bottom of the list (i.e. #30).
On Friday, I received a phone call and it showed up "Unknown" on my phone. I must have been feeling talkative, because I decided to answer the call. On the other end of the phone was Zach (i.e. a guy from the Cleveland Cavaliers ticket department), and he wanted to thank me for going to Quicken Loans Arena. And then the fun started... The poor guy started to ask me questions about the game I saw at the Q.
Wow. He had opened up a can of worms, and he didn't even know it. I told him I went to the Heat v Cavs game and that, although I showed up, I'm not sure the team did. I told him I'd be willing to play hard, take a charge, and make sure LeBron never took an uncontested shot. I told him I felt bad for Byron Scott and asked for reassurance that the Cavs were able-bodied men (i.e. with 2 arms and 2 legs) who knew the rules of basketball and wanted to play the game.
The poor guy didn't know what hit him.
He thanked me for my candor, offered to talk to the front office about offering me a 10-day contract, and asked when I'd be back at the Q.
I informed him that I wasn't going back to the arena, until I was sure that the team would play at the level we all know they can play at. Sure, they're not the power house that they used to be and the hole left now that LeBron James is gone is practically impossible to fill, but LIFE GOES ON. The franchise didn't fold when LeBron left, so why do I feel like the players did? I don't expect them to beat star-studded teams, but I expect them to be competitive and BRING IT when they play mediocre/garbage squads.
We all know how the Heat v Cavs game ended. The Cavs laid down and died in front of 20K+ fans and have yet to decide to get up. I'm not even counting, but I think Schuhmann wrote that the Cavs have lost 8 straight. That's embarrassing. Where's the pride?
Thank goodness the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks (i.e. until tonight), and some other teams have been streaking in the win column otherwise more attention might be drawn to the Cavs' downward spiral.
Sadly, the Cavs franchise appears to be on life support right now. I just hope the Cavs didn't sign a DNR (i.e. do not resuscitate) because the Cavs fans in Ohio deserve better, and we're not even at the All-Star break yet.
**** Oh, and don't even try it. I'm an Ohio girl, a Byron Scott fan, and I've lived/been to the Q (i.e. Gund Arena) for some of the leanest Cavs' seasons so I know what I'm talking about. This is BS.