The Cleveland Cavaliers control their own destiny entering 2014. Despite Andrew Bynum's sulking and a five-game losing streak, the Cavs remain able to amend past mistakes by resolving this New Year's Day to maintain a stoic demeanor moving forward through the regular season, trade deadline and 2014 NBA draft.
2013 revealed Cleveland's willingness to take calculated risks in its accelerated pursuit of a playoff seed. The team rehired Mike Brown in hopes that his defensive acumen would overshadow his obvious deficiencies coaching offense.
Anthony Bennett, once considered the most NBA-ready prospect in his class, became the first Canadian to be selected No. 1 overall in NBA draft history. And after earning the ire of Philadelphia 76ers fans everywhere, Andrew Bynum signed his third NBA contract with the Cavaliers.
While playing in the Eastern Conference always affords postseason hope, the Cavs have seemingly derailed at each juncture with their recent acquisitions. The win-now route is a road lesser traveled for good reason, at least with regard to securing the league's ultimate prize.
That's why the Cavaliers, as part of their New Year's resolutions, must game-plan according to what works. They already possess a smorgasbord of assets. Now they need to develop an identity that best complements how those pieces fit together and preserve that culture from outside noise—be it from ownership, fans or the media. The following seven guidelines should go a long way toward fulfilling that criteria.
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