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How Long Is It Going To Take LeBron James & The Cavaliers To Get It Together This Season?

Submitted by on November 5, 2014 – 11:21 amNo Comment
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Before we start being too critical of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers today, it’s important to remember that we are only a few games into the 2014-15 NBA season. Most NBA teams have only played three or four games so far, and they’re still trying to work out the kinks that always seem to show up at the start of NBA seasons. However, even with that in mind, we’re sort of surprised by how disappointing the Cavaliers have been this season. They lost their first game of the year to the New York Knicks, they barely beat a Chicago Bulls team that was without Derrick Rose for the fourth quarter of their game due to injury, and last night, they got beaten pretty badly by the Portland Trail Blazers to fall to 1-2. And we can’t help but think that this is not the way LeBron & Co. saw their season starting.

Or maybe they did. While the rest of the world has a finger on the panic button this morning, LeBron seems confident that the Cavs are going to turn things around. But after Portland beat Cleveland last night, he explained that it’s not going to happen overnight. He thinks the Cavs need to change the losing culture surrounding their organization before good things start to happen.

“We have to understand what it takes to win,” he said. “It’s going to be a long process, man. There’s been a lot of losing basketball around here for a few years. So a lot of guys that are going to help us win ultimately haven’t played a lot of meaningful basketball games in our league. When we get to that point when every possession matters, no possessions off—we got to share the ball, we got to move the ball, we got to be a team and be unselfish—we’ll be a better team.”

LeBron is right, too. Part of the Cavs’ problem is that their team is filled with guys who haven’t played in big games since entering the league. Guys like Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters have been stuck on losing teams in the past. But the other part of the problem is that it’s just going to take time for the Cavs to gel as a unit. We all have to remember that, while LeBron has played with guys like Mike Miller in the past, he hasn’t played with Kevin Love, Irving, or Tristan Thompson. And those guys haven’t played with one another, either. So they’re going to need to play together more before they start having success.

The good news is that this isn’t new to LeBron. He went through a similar adjustment period with the Miami Heat in 2010, and things turned out just fine for him there. So be patient if you’re a Cavs fan. Your team isn’t very good right now, but they’re going to get better over time. And when they do, you won’t have anything to worry about.

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