I agree with all of this, but for the Cavs to be elite the Pistons and Pacers have to fall off or the Cavs have to be as good as them. I don't see the Cavs being as good as the Pistons or Pacers next season. I could be wrong though. I have loved watching the Cavs this season so far. I also been really impressed with Hughes! :clap: :cheers:futuristxen said:A year maybe. Just need time to mesh fully and get the system going. I mean, they've only lost 3 games this season, one to the Spurs and the other to the Spurs East, the Pacers. And both of those games were on the road.
I think they may already be an elite team at home. But their youth shows in that they don't bring the same effort on the road yet--though they are talented enough to have that be enough against much of the NBA.
I also don't know that Miami is per se elite. It's not the same team that went to the ECF. They have to grow just like the Cavs, and Shaq is falling apart much faster than Z. At least Z can stay healthy...and whoever thought they'd say that?
I also don't see age really being a huge factor in Z's game. He sat out a good two years with the foot injuries, besides his feet, the rest of his body is rather sprightly. And his game certainly doesn't get a lot from his mobility. Remember Sabonis was able to play well into his 40's. Z barring another foot injury, should be able to at least play out his current contract. The Cavs also have Anderson Verejao who is injured right now, and they drafted a 7 footer in this last draft, who has looked good, though he's probably 2 years away from having an NBA body and being able to contribute. Then of course there's also the drafts they'll have.
The core of the team is very young, with Lebron, Hughes, Gooden, and Verejao, and to some extent Luke Jackson who has looked good defensively this year.
a bulls fan who's in love with Lebron orfuturistxen said:Just have to patient. This team has probably 3 or 4 years to have made a serious push at the title, as they are constituted. Danny Ferry just got there, and he's already improved the team greatly. Mike Brown seems like a fantastic young coach. They just need time to set up shop.
Interestingly, the Cavs were a lot closer to the Spurs than they were to the Pacers.
I agree with HKF though, we need to see this team play more games against its division. I think most of those games are in the second half of the season. Which is probably for the best.
tone wone said:a bulls fan who's in love with Lebron or
a cavs fan that likes to discuss eddy curry?
which one are you???
The Cavs can kind of do those things. They beat the Sixers by outscoring them. And they beat the Magic in a slowdown slugfest.Tragedy said:elite teams are great offensive teams as well as being great defensive teams. they can adapt to play your style and beat you at it.
of those 5 teams listed the spurs and pistons are still a little ahead of the rest, and they can slow it down and beat you, or run all over you. on top of that if they aren't scoring efficiently, they will disrupt your offense enough to give them a chance to win.
the cavs must be able to do this to be elite.
Where and when would Radmonovich play? He kind of plays the small forward position. Check the minutes of Lebron's backup at the position.siK_sTyLeZz said:if they can maybe get Radmanovich before the deadline i will consider them a serious contender... Radmonovich wants to leave Seattle and will give the Cavs good 3 point shooting...