People talk about the worst kept secrets all the time. I’m not sure if this counts as a secret necessarily, but in what should be a surprise to absolutely no one, news leaked Sunday that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving is going to be named NBA Rookie of the Year.
The official announcement isn’t going to come until Tuesday, and we can talk about Kyrie and what this award means to him at that time. Meanwhile, rather than waiting for the inevitable, now is a good time to talk about what this award means to the Cavaliers.
When LeBron James left Cleveland, we knew it was an end of an era. More than that, it was the end of the winning. No more playoffs, no more championship aspirations. Instead of playing with the trade machine trying to figure out who the Cavs could acquire to put them over the top, it was on to adapt and survive mode. The rebuilding process began almost as fast as the winning came to a stop. [Read more...]