Wednesday, June 17, 2015


The Cleveland Cavaliers sure gave us an exciting season. That they didn’t win the championship is sad. But when I think of the amazing determination and drive they showed throughout the playoffs and the finals, I stand in awe of this team.

LeBron James proved once again that he is the greatest basketball player on the court today. Matthew Dellavedova proved to be one of the scrappiest competitors I have even seen, only to be accused of being a dirty player by talking sports heads who should only have painful rectal sores for the rest of their lives. Other teammates stepped up their games in big ways during the playoffs and finals.

The Cavaliers were and are a magnificent team. Those commentators who said their two finals wins were flukes must be forgiven as it’s difficult to watch a fast-moving sport like basketball with one’s head up one’s ass.

The unexpected is forever the extra player on the court or field. I know injuries are part of sports. That the season-ending injury of Kevin Love was inflicted deliberately on him by a second-rater like Kelly Olynyk of the Celtics was deplorable.

Spare me your claims that it was an accident. Look at Olynyk’s face from multiple still photos. Watch the tapes - also from multiple angles - of him giving that pull on Love’s arm. Though Love has magnanimously said he is okay with Olynyk, I’d be lying if I said I don’t hope karma catches up with Olynyk in a big way.

The Golden State Warriors are a terrific team. They played hard and it is no dishonor to lose to them. That said, if the Warriors had played this series without two of their best players, I think the championship trophy would be in Cleveland right now.

Disappointed sports fans across the nation know well the sorrowful phrase “Wait until next year!” This time, I am more eager for next year than any time within recent memory.

Thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for an exciting season. They may not be the national champions, but no other team beat them when it came to heart.

I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2015 Tony Isabella

1 comment:

  1. LeBron was asked to do his best impression of Superman due to Love & Irving's injuries, but the relatively healthy Warriors proved to be too much, winning the last three games in a row despite LeBron's Herculean efforts.

    Now, you have to hope LeBron doesn't listen to his moronic agents and opt out, taking his talents someplace else and chasing the money. He's better served if he dumps parasites like Maverick Carter.....