I'm not a big fan
of this team, and I think you'll find a lot of people in the league who feel
the same way. The Cavs have a sense of entitlement because they have LeBron
James, but I don't see how they can get back to the Finals, because they
haven't done anything to improve the team--and they still haven't resolved
contract issues with Anderson Varej�o and Sasha Pavlovic. . . . We'll have a
better feel in a few more years, but I have a suspicion that LeBron is going to
turn out to have more in common with Carmelo Anthony than he does with Dwyane
Wade. Wade has a better chance to be like Michael Jordan, because he looks more
willing to play hard all of the time than LeBron does. . . . Larry Hughes
teases you so much with his talent, but he's a fragile guy physically and in
terms of confidence. He'd be a lot better as a third guard than as a starter. .
. . Coach Mike Brown got his players to buy into the idea that they need to
make stops to win by saying that if you make stops, you can do whatever you
want on offense.
LeBron James led
all forwards in total assists for the fourth straight season. The last
frontcourt player with as long a streak was Larry Bird, who was the league's
top passing forward from 1980-81 through '87-88.