All of us Cavs fans have a special place in our hearts for Brad Daugherty, but his latest statements make him sound crazy. He believes that his Cavaliers would beat the current Cavaliers roster. He honestly thinks they could have caused LeBron major problems on defense. He even went as far to say that Larry Nance could guard LeBron.
“If we played them, and he started making 18-foot shots consistently, he’d be a problem. But I think we could have altered some of his shots, and we could have thrown a couple of really top-notch defenders at him. Larry Nance could guard out on the perimeter, he could guard a 3 or a 4, and Hot Rod Williams was an excellent defender. When you got past them to go to the basket, the game was still on because they could come from behind you and block your shot.”
Again I know we all love Larry Nance, but him trying to guard LeBron would be a disaster. He also believes that Ron Harper would be the x-factor to beat the current Cavs. Ron was great, but we also have Mo Williams and Delonte West.
“Ron was a very, very difficult opponent for anyone,” Daugherty wrote. “You can ask Michael Jordan. When we traded Ron, Michael said that’s the best thing we could have ever done for the Bulls. Ron was very good at moving and defending the basketball, he was a good rebounder, and he could score at different angles, outside or inside.
“LeBron offers all kinds of problems for anyone who has to guard him, but I think with our basketball team, especially if we had Ron Harper, there’s just no way that they could have matched up with us to stop our offense because we were too efficient.”
I agree with Daugherty that his Cavs were tough to beat, but they didn’t have the superstar that could takeover games like LeBron or Michael Jordan. We still love the old Cavs, but I believe there is no way they could beat the current Cavs in a seven game series.