May the rebuilding begin

We have all been told since we were very young that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.

Which is why I have been, for all intents and purposes, absent from RightDownEuclid during chunks of this year. I do not have anything good to say about the Cavaliers. Nobody does. That is why I choose to keep my mouth – and my laptop – shut and not say anything at all.

You all know how awful this year has been for Cleveland fans. You don’t need me to tell you. We can all be a little bit more active during the offseason when the Cavs are actually vying for something meaningful: a draft pick.

When it comes to putting things in perspective, Bud Shaw of the Plan Dealer is one of the best. Check out this article published on Wednesday in the Cleveland paper:

Thus his idea for revising the NBA standings posted in the home locker room at The Q. Instead of seeing themselves as NBA bottom feeders day after depressing day, the updated standings offer new hope. Beginning with the win over the Clippers, the Cavs are hovering near .500.  …  Selective memory is enticing, therapeutic even, especially in a city that celebrated its last title in 1964. Think about the retroactive possibilities of Parker’s approach. Instead of fans getting all despondent over memories of The Decision, for instance, Parker’s brand of revisionism could focus our attention not on the Cavalier who departed for Miami but instead on how many Cavaliers have arrived since!

Though I do get the feeling that Shaw is mocking the Cavaliers a little bit – which I am not a huge fan of – I think he and Anthony Parker have a point.

The Cavaliers are playing .500 basketball since the All-Star break and only improved their roster before the deadline. If they can figure out a way to ship Jamison and Hickson out of town before the draft, I think this team will be moving in the right direction.

With two likely top ten picks in the draft, the Cavs will be well on their way in the rebuilding process. Please, Chris Grant, please don’t draft Irving though. Give me Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes and let’s go to work in 2012.

What do you say, Cavs fans?

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