It was an interesting and eventful weekend in Cleveland sports, even if there were just a few games. I had a few thoughts about what happened that I wanted to share…
The silver lining in the RGIII to the Redskins mess is the timing. The Browns can now move on and prepare knowing that RGIII is out of the picture. We will likely never know for certain how the Redskins were able to outbid the Browns, and what the Browns were willing to give up to get Griffin. What I am convinced of, is that the Redskins would have always been willing to give up more than the Browns. That being the case, I think the Browns were destined to lose this bidding war.
Now I want you to imagine the scenarios they would have had to gameplan for if the Redskins and Rams waited until the day of the draft to make this move. How many discussions and meetings would have been devoted to the subject? How much time and how many resources would have been wasted if Washington had added the 2014 first rounder while the Rams were on the clock, sealing the deal?
Now every interview and pro day they attend will have a different significance. They can game plan for the 4th and 22nd pick. They can decide what players they think are worth the 4th pick, and under which circumstances they would be willing to trade out of the pick.
They enter into free agency this week with a clearer understanding of where they stand. Fans may not like where they stand, in fact the team may not like where they stand, but it is much better knowing now with time to do something about it.
I don’t remember ever seeing a player in Cleveland this overlooked.
Antawn Jamison is the team’s leading scorer, just edging out rookie sensation Kyrie Irving. He is the second leading rebounder, behind only Anderson Varejao. Despite his age, he hasn’t missed a game and leads the team in minutes played. It is Jamison that has been keeping the Cavs in games for the first three quarters, before giving way to Kyrie in the fourth.
And that is almost symbolic of what is happening among the fan base.
Everyone knows that he isn’t part of the future of the Cavaliers, no matter how great of a person he is. His contract is up after this year, and the team is looking forward to that cap space, that is if they can’t find a partner to trade with and ship Jamison off for a young player or good draft pick.
Nevermind that the Cavaliers would not have won the last three games without the play of Jamison, or that he averages nearly 26 points a contest in March.
What we tend to remember is the way that Kevin Garnett was able to score at will against the Cavs in the playoffs with Jamison defending. Or the way Chris Bosh does the same when the Heat come to town.
And those are legitimate reasons that Jamison won’t be part of the team when the Cavaliers are ready to contend with those types of teams in the playoffs. But it is strange to see such an integral part of a Cleveland team get virtually no attention or love from the fans.
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