One crazy decade.
That's exactly what the Cleveland Cavaliers have experienced. At the beginning of the 2000s, the Cavaliers were a bottom-feeding team, the laughing stock of the NBA. Quality free agents wouldn't come to Cleveland, and the front office missed on just about every draft pick they had.
The Cavaliers finished one of their worst seasons of all time, only to be rewarded with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which was one of the best draft classes ever. The city exploded because that meant the Cavaliers would be able to select hometown high school phenom LeBron James.
The next seven years were the most exciting in the history of the franchise. A perennial playoff team, the Cavaliers had some epic postseason battles with the hated Detroit Pistons, finally getting over the hump in 2007 and making it to the NBA Finals.
Though they didn't win the championship, the Cavaliers were legitimate title contenders until 2010.
And then, the unthinkable happened.
In an instant, the city of Cleveland went from enjoying the best time in the history of its basketball team back to that familiar, disappointing feeling people from the Forest City are so accustomed to.
The following season was tough, to say the least. While James was helping his new team make it all the way to the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were the worst team in the league, enduring a losing streak that lasted almost two months!
And then, by luck of the NBA lottery, things looked bright again in Cleveland.
For the second time in eight years, the Cavaliers had the first pick in the draft, and they used that pick to bring in point guard Kyrie Irving.
Irving is the new face of hope for the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers franchise. Less than a month into his career, he is making strides on and off the court to give the people of Cleveland a reason to believe, and they have welcomed him like he is one of their own.
On the court, Kyrie has been everything he was advertised to be, and then some. Follow along to see the breakdown of Irving's game.