It is never a bad thing for a rookie to stride into the league with confidence. Most general managers and coaches want men who feel like they can make a strong difference within a franchise immediately. Hand holding and back patting is not allowed in the game anymore as everyone is making moves to become the best immediately.
There is not time to slack off just because someone with fresh legs is feeling the pressure of hardwood collapsing on their heads. Rookies must be strong and steady in the belief that they belong exactly where they landed. Therefore, Enes Kanter statements that playing alongside Kyrie Irving would bring about a championship is not the worst thing. Hopefully he holds out on the preseason celebration, however.
Kanter made statements referring to the would have, should have, could haves of this past season when during an interview session Wednesday, according to the Plain Dealer.
He said he thought he would have been the No. 1 pick in the draft had he been allowed to play at Kentucky instead of being ruled ineligible by the NCAA because he was paid to play in Turkey. He also said Kentucky would have won the NCAA title. The Wildcats lost the NCAA championship game to Connecticut, led by Kemba Walker.
One reporter said Kanter had predicted the Cavaliers would win a title if he played with Kyrie Irving, but when questioned further, Kanter just predicted the Cavs would make the playoffs.
I love Kanter’s mild mannerisms and big dreams stepping into the NBA. But, with such high hopes of grandeur for a team that has many improvements to make, I predict that his demeanor may level out after his rookie season, especially if Cleveland does not accomplish much.