It’s been over two years since the infamous “Decision” made by LeBron James on national television, yet some Cleveland fans still feel the sting of betrayal.
Usually, when the best player in the league leaves your team and dashes down south for his own prerogative, there’s a bit of a rebuilding phase for the franchise. And that’s exactly the situation that the Cavaliers are in.
Fortunately for Cleveland fans, the Cavaliers might have just hit the nail on the head when they chose Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Irving then went on to win the Rookie of the Year award in his freshman campaign in the NBA, proving that he’s the real deal. With Irving paired next to Tristan Thompson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, it’s safe to say the Cavs had established a solid blueprint towards success.
The Cavs added on to that blueprint this past summer when they drafted Dion Waiters with the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, adding another potent scorer and playmaker to partner with Irving in the backcourt.
After interviewing Cavaliers Senior V.P. of Communications Tad Carper, back in February, one thing became clear to me: This franchise is on the right track to success.
Owner Dan Gilbert, Carper and the rest of the Cavaliers front office has a goal in mind for the future, and they seem to know exactly how to get there.
The Cavaliers currently possess one of the most youth-infused, yet talented, squads in all of the NBA. Thirteen of the current 15 players on the Cavaliers roster are 26-years-old or younger, which speaks even further to the youth the team has. However, with Byron Scott at the helm as head coach and Irving as the floor general, it’s clear that the Cavaliers have a chance to build something special in the future.
As the old adage goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and the Cavaliers aren’t going to be either. With patience, this Cavaliers team could grow into the NBA’s next version of the youthful Oklahoma City Thunder, and that’s a prize worth waiting for.