Cleveland Cavaliers face further restructuring

Look to improve from dismal start to season

J.P. O'Hagan, Staff Reporter

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The Cavaliers are in dire need of a solution and the entire city knows it. The owner of the Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, realizes that “the fans deserve better” and therefore fired the man who put the current team out on the court. A six game losing streak over the last two weeks, capped by a loss to the highly depleted Lakers squad, led to the firing of Chris Grant, the Cavaliers’ general manager.

Grant was promoted to the general manager position in the summer of 2010, just five days before LeBron James announced his big exit from Cleveland and headed to South Beach to join the Miami Heat. This left Grant with the task of rebuilding the once promising Cavaliers. Despite his efforts to do so, Grant’s firing comes amidst another disappointing poor performing year by the team. The team is 19-33 at the time of printing and far behind the already weak Eastern Conference.

Grant made some excellent moves to try and rebuild this team. He most notably drafted Kyrie Irving in 2011, who has since emerged as one of the NBA’s rising stars. However for every great move there have been poor decisions, such as the signing of Andrew Bynum during the last offseason, who ended up being a dud, and had to be traded to the Chicago Bulls with three draft picks thrown in to make it worthwhile. The Bulls cut Bynum immediately after trading for him.

With two number one overall draft picks in the past three years, the Cavaliers are in need of answers, as they remain unable to return to the competitiveness they saw when James was still in town.

The season’s lowest point came last Wednesday when the Cavs blew a strong first half lead to lose to the Lakers. The opposition was without Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and five other players that were injured, and by the end of the game were down to six able bodied players, two of whom fouled out. The second of the two, Robert Sacre, was allowed to stay in the game but was charged with a technical because the Lakers were literally out of players.

With the Cavaliers in such dire straights, the firing of Grant makes sense because a change is needed. What is of particular interest is the fact that it is typical to fire the head coach when a team struggles. However since this is Mike Brown’s first season (during this tenure), team owner Dan Gilbert seems to want to hold out and see if the season can rebound. The Cavaliers have won three in a row at the time of print, but this season still seems to be a lost cause, one that sadly the fans have grown all too accustomed to.