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Above the Rim: 11-29-12

Nov 29, 2012 -- 9:26pm

By Kenny Roda


If you’re in shock over the Cavaliers (3-12) start, you shouldn’t be.  Their starting lineup, when everybody is healthy, is made up of two second-year players, a rookie, a former D-leaguer and the only veteran player on the team that’s worth a damn.  Add to that arguably the worst bench in the NBA and the fact that 10 of the first 15 games have been on the road; that is a recipe for disaster, not success.

As I told you in my pre-season preview, this is going to be another lottery season, but that doesn’t mean it will be a meaningless season.  The Cavs will find out if Tristan Thompson is a starter, a bench player or a bust. They’ll find out if they have another Alonzo Gee on the team. They’ll find out if Alonzo Gee can improve his game this year as much as he did last year. They’ll find out if Dion Waiters was the right pick at number #4 overall, if he is better suited as a shooting guard or point guard, and if he fits as a starter or as a 6th man.

With Kyrie Irving projected to be out for another few weeks with a finger fracture and an agonizing nine-point fourth quarter loss at Memphis, Byron Scott will find out just how many NBA players he has on this team.  He’ll then be able to share his thoughts with general manager Chris Grant and tell him what he wants for the future.  No, make that what he needs for the future!  Then it is up to Grant to go out and draft, trade for, or sign those players to help turn this franchise around.  

You’ve heard the old saying, “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” and unfortunately that’s going to be the case for the 2012-13 Cleveland Cavaliers.  And we haven’t even started talking about whether or not they’ll trade their double-double machine Anderson Varejao!

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