Cleveland Cavaliers Early Impressions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Cleveland Cavaliers Early Impressions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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The 2011-2012 Cleveland Cavaliers are a work in progress.

Anyone who thinks this year’s Cavs squad is playoff-bound is as delusional as owner Dan Gilbert in his attempts to erase LeBron James from the team history. (Believe it or not, Gilbert’s tried to do this. Walk around Quicken Loans Arena, and there’s literally NO mention of LeBron nor his contributions to the Cavs’ recent success).

After last season’s abysmal 19-win showing, it would be easy for the casual fan to be indifferent to the team’s development going forward.

Dan Gilbert surely hasn’t endeared his team to potential free agents following his anti-LeBron campaign and efforts to block the Chris Paul-to-the Lakers trade.

Tuesday night’s preseason game with the Pistons was the dress rehearsal for the 2011-’12 season.

Many of the players were still rusty from the time off, and after all, this was still the preseason. After attending the game, however, I came away with several distinct impressions about the roster going forward.

The following slides discuss the good, the bad and the ugly.

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