I will be the first to admit, basketball, in general, is third on my list of the four major sports.1 The top two vary, baseball and football are above in either order, mostly dependent on the season and how the Indians or Browns are doing,2 but the Cavs have always been there, chugging along at the periphery of my fandom for years. I’ll admit as well, a lot of it was buoyed by LeBron James, which if you gave truth serum to most fans is accurate. Those lean years before James came along were rough, and the transition to a lottery team from a perennial Finals matchup after he left the first time was hard to stomach most nights. Kyrie Irving helped keep some eyeballs, as did Kevin Love becoming a mental health advocate and success story, and now the young core centered around Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, Darius Garland and holdovers of Love, Tristan Thompson, Jordan Clarkson, Matthew Dellavedova has very much intrigued me. My close group of friends has made it an annual custom to attend at least one game a year, and being one of our birthdays, we made the sojourn to The Land3 to watch them take on the Bulls last night. Here are some of my thoughts on the night, a 117-111 victory over the similarly rebuilding Chicago Bulls.
COLLIN "YOUNG BULL" SEXTON pic.twitter.com/HIhCb53UDW
— Cleveland Cavaliers Türkiye (2-2) (@tr_cavs) October 31, 2019
KEVIN. PORTER. JR. pic.twitter.com/hk222hfCDG
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 31, 2019
As I wrap up my fledgling NBA writer thoughts, I want to comment on the atmosphere in the arena. This city is starved for a winner, as the Browns were supposed to be filling that hole on the path to a Super Bowl, and the fans were vocal about their love for these Cavaliers. It felt like a playoff game late, with barely a fan not on their feet. A great night all around, from the moment you walked in the door to the moment you left. Congrats Cavs, you might be moving up the internal scoreboard in my mind.