This past off-season the free agent market was like no other in NBA history. The marquee was filled with major free agent stars. If they chose to switch zip codes, it most definitely would change the landscape of the league for the foreseeable future. Joe Johnson resigned with the Hawks. Dwayne Wade stayed in Miami. Carlos Boozer went to Chicago. Amare Stoudemire went to New York and became a Knick. We saw David Lee become a Warrior and Shaq moved to Boston. 2 players that stand out in my mind and have proven to be the most publicized and substantial moves were of course Lebron James and Chris Bosh heading to Florida.
They left the Cavaliers and Raptors reeling with no light at the end of their respective tunnels. Each of them made public announcements and packed up and headed to The Heat. Fans all over the NBA world knew that this season was going to be tough for the Raptors and Cavaliers, but no one could have expected what’s happening. The Cavaliers were a 60+ win team the past few years. MoWilliams, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao and some great young players are on the Cavs roster. The Raptors missed the playoffs last season. To many, they underachieved and Bosh’s injuries gave him a great reasonto give up on the Raptors 3/4 of the way through the season. Bargnani, Calderon, Derozan and newly acquired Barbosa, Kleiza and rookie Ed Davis led some to believe the future looked bright. However, what has transpired this season no one could have expected. The Cavaliers and Raptors just plain out can’t win.
Each team is individually on major losing streaks. Is this just two teams enduring a tough season or irony at its finest? It’s no secret that Bosh and James were the heart and souls of their former teams’. They were the highest scorers and leaders on and off the hardwood. Without their former captains, the Cavs are in the middle of a 22 game losing streak and the Raptors lost their 13th straight the other night against the Hawks.
It’s just so eerily similar.
Both teams are findingit impossible to win these days and both have been hit by the injury bug. The Cavs are without Varejao, Williams and Parker. The Raptors are without Evans, Barbosa and Kleiza. Although not star players, each of them improves their team and makes them that much more effective and competitive.
Relief seems far away. We are talking lottery draft time. Until this season comes to a close and these teams are able to reflect on the year that was, there will be no relief in Toronto or Cleveland. These teams are at a low point in their respective histories. These losing streaks will only compound to the low confidence these clubs play with and will leave these 2 clubs battling it out for the #1 pick in this years NBA draft.
It’s a shame. Lebron was so close to winning it all on his own, and now we will never know how much of a man he really is. As for Bosh, well he showed many character flaws during his time in Toronto, and as he has become the 3rd wheel down in Miami it looks like he’s found a home.