Why The Cavaliers Have Absolutely No Chance of Winning It All This Coming Season
The signing of Rasheed Wallace will end up being the final nail in the coffin for the 2009-10 Cleveland Cavaliers. As I stated earlier, basketball is all about match ups. The Cavs and Celtics are the two clear favorites to meet up in the Eastern Conference Finals. There, the Cavaliers will (again) be exposed. At the end of games, Doc Rivers will in all likelihood sit Kendrick Perkins and play Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett. The problem for the Cavs is that both Wallace and Garnett can defend Shaq. However, Shaq couldn't defend either one of those players in his prime and certainly cannot anymore today. At the end of any and every game between these two teams, that match up will be exposed and the Celtics will win.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you're a Celtics fan), it really is that simple. Shaq's inability to defend will kill the Cavaliers. The trade for Shaq, shows an inability to recognize, by Danny Ferry, that basketball has changed. Big overpowering centers do not win titles anymore, unless they are a once in a lifetime talent. Shaq was that, however he no longer is. The last time a truly dominant center won the NBA title was 2006 (Shaq). However, that was won by D-Wade and some of the worst officiating in the history of sports. Prior to that, it was 2002 (Shaq again). Since then, its been power forwards or centers who have the ability to take their game out to about 15 feet who have won NBA titles every year (Duncan, Wallace, Garnett, and Gasol). This is the new type of big man, and its how NBA titles are won. Shaq is the antithesis to that and is not nearly good enough anymore to overcome that. Unfortunately, that's why the Cavs are done even before the season begins.