Sunday, funday, right Celtics nation?
Sure – why not?
It’s definitely a fun day if you live in Cleveland – or if you suddenly find yourself cheering for the Cavaliers, coincidentally. Because of course, the Cavaliers on now the odds-on favorites to win the NBA Finals this season:
Almost from the moment last month when LeBron James said in a Sports Illustrated essay that he was returning to Cleveland, the sports books in Las Vegas made the Cavaliers the favorites to win the 2015 NBA title.
With a roster then full of young, unproven talent in a city that took pride in being wanted again, that was largely about pure emotion.
Now it’s about (Kevin) Love.
With the official completion of the long-awaited deal that sent a package including No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves, the Cavaliers have vaulted to the top of the Eastern Conference, if not the entire league.
Oh, there will be plenty to be heard from out of Chicago, where former MVP Derrick Rose tries yet another comeback as he joins up with a formidable group of Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic.
But the simple truth is that arrival of Love to Cleveland gives the Cavs with James and Kyrie Irving the best young All-Star threesome in the NBA.
Don’t be bitter, Celtics fans: we all felt the same way back in 2007, when Boston managed to grab Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Let Cleveland enjoy its time in the sun.
In case you all forgot, there were actually three teams involved in the Love fest – see how the trade impacted each team in the following video from SI.com.
While Kevin Love will find himself under a lot of pressure to deliver the goods now that the trade has gone down, I would not consider next season a make-or-break affair for Love. Some players, however, find themselves in exactly that sort of situation - find out who!
Last, but certainly not least: Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty, one of those University of Kentucky alumni, visited the Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday and enjoyed a Q & A with Masslive. Check it out – here’s a snippet – and enjoy!
MassLive: You worked under Brad Stevens last season. How was he as a rookie coach?
McCarty: Coach was great. He does a really good job, he’s very efficient, and as a coaching staff, we all just support each other. We have a great staff, we love working together, and hopefully next season it pays off in the win column.
MassLive: Avery Bradley told reporters yesterday he thinks the team can make the playoffs. Is that a realistic goal for next year?
McCarty: It’s definitely a realistic goal. We have really good pieces, and if we can come together early and get our beginning stuff, our foundation, how we want to play, I think it’s a very achievable goal.
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