NBA Podcast: Cleveland Cavaliers Complete 2012-13 Season Preview

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorSeptember 19, 2012

Kyrie Irving is the reason to keep smiling in Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving is the reason to keep smiling in Cleveland.Chris Chambers/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new frontman with Kyrie Irving, but how long will it be until they rock again?

In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Cavs.

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Cleveland raised eyebrows by drafting Dion Waiters and acquiring Tyler Zeller on NBA draft day. Will either player be immediate contributors and live up to the high expectations?

In the end, everything depends on Kyrie Irving. What are the next steps he can take to achieve superstardom and propel the Cavaliers back to prominence?

How does the small forward position shake out now that Alonzo Gee, C.J. Miles and Omri Casspi are all options.

Where do Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Samardo Samuels and Zellers fit into a front line that can rebound and play defense, but can't score enough points?

Byron Scott may be the perfect man for this rebuilding job, but how long will it take?

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