NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
Well so much for any hope of the Cleveland Cavaliers creating any positive post-lebron identity. After a 0-6 start, which was somewhat to be expected, the Cavaliers have fired their coach Ty Lue.
Lue, arguably the most successful coach the Cavs have had in the last decade, brought Cleveland their one and only title in 2016. Over his tenure as coach, Lue racked up a 128-83 record in the regular season with a 41-20 post season record.
Despite losing Lebron James (again), Cleveland committed to Kevin Love and even brought Channing Frye back in possible hopes to rekindle some 2016 magic. The firing of Ty Lue though seems to kill any attempt at magic of even trying to achieve some post-Lebron success.
Replacing Ty Lue will be career assistant coach Larry Drew; this move makes it even more mind boggling. Larry Drew has only had one head coaching stint where he went 143-169 over a four year run with the Atlanta Hawks. If Dan Gilbert has a better head coach in his pocket, I don't see how promoting Larry Drew somehow makes this better.
While Ty Lue is not without blame, he isn't exactly given much to work with. Kevin Love, the best player on the roster by light years, has missed 2 of the 6 games; couple that with what has appeared to be a very limited offense where Lue's just resorted to putting players that clearly aren't Lebron James into roles once held by Lebron James.
Next season the Cavaliers will again start from square 1, which means Cavaliers fans need to come to the realization they have 76 games of meaningless basketball ahead of them. It's really amazing how quickly this franchise has fallen from grace, it's even more amazing how they've learned absolutlely nothing from the first time Lebron James left them.