Dan Gilbert: "It's a possibility we are in the playoffs next year"
Old 05-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dan Gilbert: "It's a possibility we are in the playoffs next year"



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"I certainly think it's a possibility we are in the playoffs next year," he said. "I think we play every year to be in the playoffs regardless of who is on the court. So I don't think anyone has put any limits on where the team can go in any year."

That's ambitious talk, but that's Gilbert, who has never shied away from offering his opinion on almost any subject, whether in an email like the scathing one he sent after James left or via Twitter. Gilbert seems more optimistic than coach Byron Scott, who recently said a return to the playoffs is "is still going to be a long process."

After answering questions for nearly 20 minutes, Gilbert, who is doing the media rounds this week to promote his latest business venture, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, was asked about James' comments in February when the two-time MVP said during Miami's visit that he could envision playing again for the Cavaliers before his career ends.

"I think it would be great," James said. "It would be fun to play in front of these fans again."

Gilbert initially balked at discussing James, saying he couldn't speak about any player under contract with another team.

However, when asked if he was surprised by what James said, Gilbert opened up - a little.

"Nothing in the NBA surprises me," he said. "Honestly, nothing that happens."
Has he forgiven James?

"The truth of the matter is July 11, 2010, we just started focusing on the future and you just try to look ahead and look forward," he said. "That's where we're at."

That date, of course, is when James announced on a nationally televised special that he was leaving Cleveland as a free agent and signing with the Heat to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Cavs have struggled since James left, but Gilbert believes the team has progressed to the point that the postseason is again possible.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert not surprised by LeBron James'*comments - NBA - SI.com
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you know, the more I think that the cavs were in the playoff picture until irving went down, the more I think this team, with val added, and say an 8th pick rook, and no more moves made(highly unlikely but still) would make the playoffs, 6-7. If Bargs can go back to what he was, val provide even a little, DD plays like he did at the end of the season, and JJ turns out to be a consistent good SF, why not?
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Didn't the Cavs start the year like 11-7 or something? I don't think that dude actually watched too many Cavs games this season. And if he did, it was early in the year.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Didn't the Cavs start the year like 11-7 or something? I don't think that dude actually watched too many Cavs games this season. And if he did, it was early in the year.
No, they were not that good during the first 20 games. They were a relatively respectable 10-14 at one point, but then Varejao got hurt. Side Show Bob was playing well before he went down.

Anyway, as for next year, if Varejao and Irving remain healthy, the playoffs could be possible. To what degree depends on the Cavs' moves this off-season. In addition to probably having a top 5 pick, Cleveland will have financial flexibility because they used the amnesty clause on Baron Davis. It remains to be seen whether they will simple re-sign some of their own players, or make some free agent upgrades. I wouldn't be surprised if Gilbert overpays a couple of free agents to come in and play with Irving and Varejao, especially if their pick this year ends up being a top 3 pick. In that case, I could really see Gilbert going for the playoffs right away, rather than "building", since he'll already have Irving, Thompson and another top 3 pick. Spending on quality vets will become more important than landing another good lotto in 2013.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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its weird even though they got the best player in the draft it still feels the Raptors are ahead of the cavs,
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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its weird even though they got the best player in the draft it still feels the Raptors are ahead of the cavs,
Thats because we already had Bargnani derozan caldy and eddy d. Johnson also came out this year. Were alot farther than people think.
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I don't think they'll make it, but I can definitely see it coming down to the last couple weeks where Cavs end up around the 9th or 10th seed. Who knows, maybe they make it...Irving is a BEAST!
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every time he opens his mouth i see a bubble come out with his words in comic sans.
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I don't think they'll make it, but I can definitely see it coming down to the last couple weeks where Cavs end up around the 9th or 10th seed. Who knows, maybe they make it...Irving is a BEAST!
Meh. I dont think he"ll ever be an elite pg
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Meh. I dont think he"ll ever be an elite pg
The internet needs a sarcasm font, because I'm praying this isn't serious. You could already argue he was a top 10 PG in his rookie season.
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The internet needs a sarcasm font, because I'm praying this isn't serious. You could already argue he was a top 10 PG in his rookie season.
Sadly, based on some of his other comments, I think he is serious.

The thing is, he's not the only Raptor fan (even on this board) to underrate Irving. As Moremilk pointed out earlier in the year, some fans around here only remember his games against the Raptors in which he was mediocre. They are oblivious to the poise he showed in late game situations against other teams.

Maybe he doesn't become an elite pg. But all indications suggest he will. He is more fundamentally sound than a lot of PGs who have been in the league for 5 years. And really, Irving was not much more than a high schooler at the start of last year. He was still a teen and he had about a dozen college games under his belt. Not much. Still, he shot the ball with surprising efficiency and made some fantastic decisions in a few close games.

My only concern for Irving would be injuries. If anything holds him back, it's that. He's a young guy and he's already missed a lot of basketball that past 2 years due to injuries.
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I don't even respond to pzabby anymore. He trolls without trying...
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I highly doubt the Cavs will make the playoffs, they will be tanking for a top 5 pick.
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I highly doubt the Cavs will make the playoffs, they will be tanking for a top 5 pick.
They might not need to tank if they end up with a top 3 pick the upcoming draft.

Really, the more I think about it, it's silly to speculate about this until we know the Cavs draft position this year, and then see how they spend their money. And I would guess that how they spend their money will be tied to who the Cavs are able to draft this year.

It's hard to make predictions about a roster when we don't even know for sure who will be on said roster.
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I highly doubt the Cavs will make the playoffs, they will be tanking for a top 5 pick.
What makes you say that? With a healthy Irving they were already within distance of a playoff spot before dropping towards the end. That was without Varajeo and developing two lottery players. I don't think they'll be great but it wouldn't shock me to see them in the hunt for the 7-8 spots.
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