Bitter taste still lingering almost a week later

Gotta give credit to Brendan, dude had his thoughts up on the site after Game 6. As in, right away. No pause for remorse. No grieving over the possible death of Cleveland basketball, nothing. Just a blog. Then you have me. Sure, I could have typed something up sooner, but for the younger group of web followers it might have been a bit, em, tasteless and abusive. Few days on, I’m felling a little better – but I still have a few things that needs public airing or it’s going to just erupt and one of the following will happen A) Me being so cranky my girl just leaves or B) Me taking all my Cavs jerseys, t-shirts, hoodies etc. and having a good old soul-cleansing by burning them. We don’t want either to happen, so here goes…

 

To Mike Brown - who’s being “evaluated” by the owners at the current moment. Here’s where I stand, love the way he’s instilled the meanest D on the planet in our guys mindset, love the way he’s a little (mind blowingly) easy going when LeBron calls the shots. He’s not that bad a coach is he? But when you consider that we have the most unstoppable small-ball team in the NBA that would have crucified Boston in five games only for him not to acknowledge that, I get annoyed. Williams-West-Moon-Bron-Hickson/Varejao would have ran the Celtics right into retirement. But nope, he stuck with LeBron and hoped the others would come through for him. They didn’t Coach, and soon you and Mike Woodson will be golf buddies.

 

To Mo Williams-  or Maurice as you shall now be forever known. Thanks for two great regular seasons; you really know how to get a guy’s hopes up with meaningless thirty point showings against Minnesota. Last year we should have known that you couldn’t deliver in the big time. You can’t defend Maurice, at all. Rajon Rondo is good, real good, but thanks to your “defensive effort” throughout the series he’s now being labelled the best point guard in the league by some (who they are I don’t know). You’re a very suspect shooter also, I mean, 27-66 shooting isn’t pretty. Having more turnovers than assists in Thursday nights game isn’t helping your cause either man. Expect your name to be right up there on the owners “Evaluation To Do List”, right before this guy…

 

Mister Jamison-  is that you? Can’t be. The guy we traded for was meant to guard those stretch fours who murdered us last season. But all you did was allow Kevin Garnett to get himself back in a groove on both ends of the floor. Maurice did a better job guarding him than you, honest. Brendan was a believer with you Tawn; I was a hoper (is that a real word?). I hoped you were the answer, I hoped you could give us a new dimension of basketball that wouldn’t be stopped. You gave us five points and five rebounds Thursday. Kevin Garnett dropped 22 and 12 on us. You go figure out why I’m so ticked off at you. Always have and will love your game, but you let us down big time man.

 

Anthony Parker –  you haven’t been all that bad really to be fair. You shot the ball well, you played some great defense at times and you gave us those “glue guy” games we didn’t get from others – hell yeah I’m looking at you Andy! But Tony – can I call ya Tony? – we’d have been better served with Candace Thursday night. We need more than seven points. You’re a sniper from three-point land – jack some more up. I’d rather you jacking threes than anybody else on our team. I loved your first season as a Cavalier dude…

To our reserves – Red, Andy, Z and all you other guys out there. Tony Allen, Rasheed Wallace and Glen “Big Fat Baby” Davis outshone what was meant to be our advantage, ya. Andy, where was the Andy we know and love? Where was the guy who had 14 and 10 when we beat the Celtics by 20 – in Boston – in February? Z, buddy, you shouldn’t have seen any meaningful minutes in this series, I’m sorry dude. You can’t guard furniture. Jamario, I called for you to get more minutes. I’m still left wondering why you didn’t get those minutes. JJ, young fella, you are an enigma. Games One and Two your were huge for us, Game Three you were a not as assertive, but hey we won by 29 points that night. Why you only played a combined 9 minutes in the remaining three games is beyond me. Doc Rivers must have been delighted when he knew Big Baby wouldn’t have to try guard you, because truth is they couldn’t when you played. Just don’t tell Mike Brown that. Delonte, you are without doubt the coolest Cavalier of all time, but apart from Game Three where you had 14 points, you gave us very little. Your 0-7 showing the game after was abysmal. Three times in the series you had more turnovers than assists. Leon Powe and Boobie, I don’t know…

Finally, LeBron –  I’m not here to beg for you to stay with a heartfelt letter, I’m not here to annihilate you the way you were after Game Five. I’m here just to say one thing above all else, and that’s thank you. People tend to forget in the midst of a bad series just how phenomenal you have been in your seven years. You have exceeded every expectation and then some. You have broke records for fun. Nobody said this post season would be easy. After all, Game One against Chicago was the first time we started with a line up of Williams-Parker-You-Jamison-Shaq. People tend to forget that we played the entire playoffs with a team who before the playoffs had never seen action together. Oh well, guess it wasn’t to be. I do feel let down by your performances in the last three games though. Maybe you are right, maybe we’re so upset because you have in fact “spoiled” us with your play. But that’s on you – you set the standard, its up to you to deliver. Those last three games, 18-53 from the floor is not you. Lying down and accepting defeat is not you. If you truly want to be great, better than all those who went before you, you can’t do those type of things. LeBron, I hope to see you next year…

And by the way, that other Number 23 people compare you to, he was 23-0 all time when he had home court advantage in the playoffs…just thought I’d let you know that.

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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