It started off as a week that wasn’t good for the name Ty, but, really, it’s just ending as a horrendous few days for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not even LeBron James could save the franchise from the level of dysfunction that has taken place.
After making four-straight trips to the NBA Finals, King James left his hometown throne to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. It was absolutely no secret the team would struggle without its once-in-a-generation superstar, but nobody could have possibly seen this coming.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who has pretty much seen and covered it all through the years, put it so eloquently on social media.
Let’s recap this week with a timeline:
Sunday, October 28: The Cavs fire head coach Tyronn Lue following an 0-6 start after three seasons and three-straight NBA Finals appearances, including winning the 2016 NBA championship.
Tuesday, October 30: Cleveland wins its first game of the 2018-19 season with a 136-114 home blowout of the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Wednesday, October 31: Interim coach Larry Drew hints the two sides could be headed for a statement over the vacant head coach posiiton.
Thursday, November 1: Unhappy with his role with the team, shooting guard J.R. Smith tells reporters he wants to be traded.
Friday, November 1: The Cleveland Cavaliers and owner Dan Gilbert announce the city will host the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
November 1: Ex-Cavs assistant coach Jim Boylan files lawsuit against team alleging age discrimination against the team.
Friday, November 2: All-Star forward Kevin Love undergoes successful surgery on his left foot and will be sidelined for at least six weeks.
What a roller coaster. It’s impossible to predict injuries, and the one to Love certainly played a role with the bad start, which ultimately got Lue fired and made Smith unhappy.
Nobody is probably more excited for this week to end than the Cavs, but, from an outsider’s perspective, it was definitely popcorn-worthy material.