Cleveland Cavaliers' Christmas Wish List
It's going to be a great weekend of basketball! I can't wait!
I've been so zoned in on basketball that it's hard to remember if anything else important is going on this weekend, too. Seems like there should be but I'm at a loss.
Anyway, while you're out delivering gifts, we here in Cleveland would appreciate it if you'd do the Cavs a couple favors.
We've been really good this year!
Well, not on the basketball court necessarily, but you know what we're talking about.
A Team That Is Worth Watching
How about this year we don't set any records for long losing streaks.
Don't get us wrong; we get how the NBA works. In order to get good you have to totally tank.
And we have a pretty good idea that that might be where this team is headed. But can you at least make it so that they're fun to watch? Entertaining?
How about we just settle for "not the laughing stock of the league"?
I don't feel like I'm asking a lot here to start out.
A Healthy Team
Injuries really killed this team last year.
It wasn't all that good to start out, but still, with Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao and Antawn Jamison going down for long stretches, it didn't help any.
This year is all about building for the future. Building good team chemistry and cohesion is a big part of that.
We need these guys to stay healthy so that they can learn and grow together.
Also, it would be good to keep a couple guys (no names please) healthy just in case we decide to trade them before the deadline.
An Offensive Game for Tristan Thompson
I think the general response by Cavs fans when they announced that Tristan Thompson was their pick at No. 4 in the draft was, "Huh?"
We all know that he has skills and abilities to be a very good defensive player and great rebounder, but right now his offensive game leaves a lot to be desired.
If he's ever going to live up to being worth that high of a draft pick, then he needs to get drastically better offensively.
So, Santa, we'd like it if you would help out Thompson a little.
Give Christian Eyenga a Basketball IQ
From what we've seen, Christian "Super 8" Eyenga has all the skills and abilities that you want in an NBA player.
His shooting leaves a lot to be desired, but we can work with the stuff he's got.
What he really needs is a better understanding of the game. I'm not trying to rip on the guy, but he just doesn't have the experience.
I figure that if you can slow down time enough to deliver gifts all around the world in one night, then you should be able to accelerate the learning process for Eyenga.
We're giving you a lot to work with. Just make it happen.
Get Us an Elite Wing Player in Next Year's Draft
We're not going to win a lot of games this year and should have a very good shot at a top pick next summer.
There are several very good wing players that should be coming out.
This is probably the gift that we all want most. We really want one of those top guys.
Because I'm sure you've noticed, Mr. Claus, Anthony Parker is our starting shooting guard. That should tell you everything you need to know.
Make Kyrie Irving into a Star
Kyrie Irving is already being killed by national media as one of the weakest No. 1 picks in recent NBA history.
Some people have even gone as far as to say that he might not even be a good player in the league when all is said and done.
In Cleveland we can't have that. And you know that Irving is on your good list.
Make this kid into the star that he and we deserve.
Thanks in advance, Santa.
We believe in you.
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