Cleveland Cavaliers: Can Basketball Save Cleveland Fans from Terrible Browns?

Benjamin FlackSenior Analyst INovember 27, 2011

CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Daniel Gibson #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after scoring a three point shot during the game against the New York Knicks on February 25, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The "Factory of Sadness" produced another great one this Sunday as the Browns found yet another way to lose a game they should have won.

The inability of the Browns to not only be a decent team, but even a watchable team oftentimes is killing the collective heart of Cleveland.

So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that the NBA lockout is (probably) over and that the Cavaliers are returning to my life.

Unlike many people nationwide, I have sorely missed the NBA this past month and will continue to miss it until its glorious return as the ultimate Christmas present.

I am excited to watch the Cavaliers play basketball and give me a diversion from the "Factory of Sadness" that is the Cleveland Browns.

Now don't get me wrong, the Cavs are going to be every bit as bad as the Browns, maybe even worse.

But the great thing about the NBA is that even bad teams can be entertaining. Just ask the Clippers who have been perfecting it for years.

And this Cavs team has great potential to be entertaining even in futility. Put it this way—they'll be a far cry from the Lamond Murray and Clarence Weatherspoon team of 2000-01 coached by the indomitable Randy Wittman. That team was so devoid of talent and exciting players it's astounding that they actually won 30 games that year.

The 2011-12 Cavs are a team that is going to come in with actually a few decent players and several guys who are capable of exciting play.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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I can't wait to watch Kyrie Irving lobbing alley-oops to Tristan Thompson in a rookie-to-rookie connection.

I'm thrilled to have Anderson Varejao back banging bodies in the post, snatching up rebounds and taking charges all over the court.

I'm excited to watch Daniel "Boobie" Gibson work his craft of being a sharpshooter from outside. (Even though he did block me on Twitter for unfollowing him during the #unfollowNBA Twitter lockout last week. No hard feelings, Boobie. You're still my favorite Cavalier. That is until Kyrie steal my heart.)

It'll be great to watch Ramon Sessions work the pick-n-roll to perfection and play as little defense as possible.

I'm semi-hopeful that Baron Davis avoids the amnesty clause and we get the basketball version The Hangover Part II. For being fat and out of shape, Baron is still enormously entertaining.

[Pause while I look up the Cavs roster to see if there are actually any other good players I somehow forgot.]

I'll enjoy seeing Antawn Jamison back in wine and gold until his eventual trading because he too good to be kept in Cleveland in the last year of that contract.

I'm actually looking forward to watching Manny Harris again, for some reason that I'm not quite sure of.

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Who isn't excited to see Year 2 of the Christian Eyenga experiment?

And who isn't excited see the Joey Graham experiment again? Oh wait, yeah, nobody is.

And how could I leave out their newest player, the Israeli sensation, Omri Casspi? We'll be able to decide for ourselves if the trade of J.J. Hickson was actually worth it.

The point I'm trying to make here is that the NBA is back and I'm excited about. And the city of Cleveland should be too.

Because even though they Cavs might not win a lot of games, they're going to start the road to recovery and getting back to the playoffs.

And Kyrie Irving is going to be a whole lot of fun to watch.

I'll be tuning in. Hope you will too.


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