Cavalier media day was yesterday, and before the lights went out, Mike Brown discussed the topic of the starting line-up with Brian Windhorst:
“Mike Brown said that other than Shaquille O’Neal at center, James at small forward and Mo Williams at point guard he is not sure about his starting lineup. Anderson Varejao is the likely starter at power forward but it appears there will be a competition at shooting guard between West and Anthony Parker. Brown said some of it might depend on how the rotation works best. West said he was prepared to come off the bench but didn’t seem thrilled about the prospect.”
I hope Delonte West can learn to embrace the idea of coming of the bench for this team, because I think he will, and that has nothing at all to do with him being arrested. As Mike Brown alluded to, the rotation will prove to simply work better starting Parker, and brining West in as the sixth man.
From our Cavs Rotation Questions for Mike Brown Series back in August, below is our previous take on the subject, that has to this point remained unchaged.
via Who Starts?
[ The most legitimate debate is at the SG position. Its my opinion that Anthony Parker gets that job. I know he was brought in for depth in the back-court, but I have to think that at 6'6" Mike Brown is going to like the size that Parker can add to a back-court that was undersized a year ago. Can he defend? I don't think he'll be as good as West, but I think he can be serviceable. Additionally, with Williams and Parker starting, I think Delonte West can do more for you coming off the bench as the sixth man. In this scenario, Delonte could be a very realistic Sixth Man of the Year candidate next season. His ability to spell time at the one and two, along with providing an instant spark at both ends of the floor upon entering the game, could prove to be invaluable. ]