Rodney Hood on Cavaliers: Hard to Enjoy Season When 'Getting Your Head Beat In'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 23: Rodney Hood #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Rodney Hood said he's having a hard time enjoying the 2018-19 NBA season because of the Cavs' consistent struggles. 

On Monday, Joe Vardon of The Athletic provided comments from Hood, who re-signed with Cleveland in September after being acquired in a February trade from the Utah Jazz.

"I base a lot off the team's success, and when the team's not playing well, you're getting your head beat in pretty much every night, it's tough to try and enjoy what you're doing," he said.

The Cavaliers were always expected to take a step back this year following the departure of LeBron James, who left Cleveland for a second time as a free agent to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Cavs center Tristan Thompson tried to downplayed suggestions of impending doom in September by reminding everyone of the team's recent track record.

"We're still four-time Eastern Conference champions, so until you take us down from that, teams ain't got much to say," Thompson told reporters. "... So until someone takes us down, there's not much they can really say."

A lot of teams have taken Cleveland down during its 6-21 start.

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Hood is averaging 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists across 26 appearances. His play has dropped off since the start of December, though, including scoring just seven total points over his last two games.

The Cavaliers simply don't feature enough star power to seriously compete in an NBA that's heavily dependent on how many elite players you have on your roster. So they will continue to struggle until they seriously begin to process of replacing James, likely starting with the 2019 draft.

In the short term, they begin a three-game homestand Wednesday night against the New York Knicks and hope to showcase at least some progress.

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