When a team loses its star player, it can often be difficult to project how big of an impact the loss will be on the team as a whole. When said star player is LeBron James, you would certainly expect the impact to be catastrophic to the team who lost him.
While some who have closely followed the Cavaliers over the past several seasons believe that the players who have been left behind can still form a competitive team and be fighting for a playoff spot come April, that optimism is not shared by the general public.
Several national pundits have been forecasting nothing but gloom for the Cavaliers this season. I’ve read more than one person write that the Cavaliers will be among the 2-3 worst teams in the East this season. Betting sites such as Sportsbook.com have the Cavaliers listed dead last with the Pacers, Wizards, Raptors, and Nets at +10,000 to win the Eastern Conference next season. [Read more...]