Front page news: the Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling. Reporters love to come at LeBron every chance they get. Admittedly, I’m a fan of the Cavs but I get where others are coming from. No doubt LeBron can be a crybaby sometimes and there are plenty who would like to see his season derailed. It’s one of those inherent things that come with finally reaching the mountain top. It’s human nature to hate to see successful people become even more successful. Especially when they are not universally liked. But the notion that it is even a possibility that the Cavs are anywhere near the dire straights that you paint them to be is unconscionably naive.
If we have learned anything at all, it is that playoff LeBron is a force to be reckoned with. Counting the Cavs out now would be like counting the Patriots out at half time of this year’s Super Bowl. It may seem logical given the circumstances but in the end you’re going to feel stupid you ever bet against them. It feels like this is that moment that everyone looks back on as the turning point in a season. LeBron will be hoisting the trophy at the end of the season giving some dramatic speech about how everyone counted him out.
Perhaps the funniest part of the news coverage of this supposed meltdown is the fact that Cleveland still has one of the best records in the NBA. Sitting at 47-26, the Cavs did relinquish the top seed in the Eastern Conference to Boston. But even if they can’t get it back and end up with a two seed, they should have no problem navigating the playoffs.
Playoff LeBron isn’t going to come out in March. If a few weeks from now we are seeing the same results, then panic. Until then, sit back, relax, and prepare because there is a sleeping giant soon to be awakened. You do not want to be in his way when he does.