Are there Serious Problems with the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Luol Deng Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t had a good ride over the past couple years, they lost Lebron to his ‘decision’ and have since been troubled by a lack of talent and losing records.

That was of course until they drafted Kyrie Irving, a point guard with some true superstar potential, from there they had a real chance at winning back some success, then they drafted in another no.1 pick in Anthony Bennett, who’s proved a slow learner in the NBA, but a talent nonetheless.

Andrew Bynum came in as well, and suddenly we saw a team turn from a team with an almost guaranteed losing record, to a franchise that could well make some waves this season, but it doesn’t look like it was to be.

Anthony Bennett has shown his lack of NBA readiness with his poor statistics so far this season, and Andrew Bynum has proved too much hassle for Cleveland, eventually being traded away to Chicago and eventually getting waived.

Bynum has since headed to far greener pastures in Indiana, whilst Cleveland are stuck in below .500 monotony.

But things are getting far worse in Cleveland, after the former Bulls small forward Luol Deng spoke out about the poor work ethic and style held by the team.

During an interview with the New York Daily News, Deng criticised the franchise for the behaviour of the teams younger members.

“The stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess.” Blasted Deng, who reportedly told a close friend this quote.

It’s a scathing insight into the Cavaliers franchise, which obviously doesn’t have the same code of conduct that a far more respectable and successful franchise boasts.

This is obviously bad publicity for a franchise suffering from poor performances all season long, and puts doubt into the future chance of keeping hold of Deng, who looks unsettled after the move.

This quote also goes along with reports of players threatening not to play in games and getting thrown out of practice.

Reports don’t point out exactly who could be involved, but we’d certainly hope it wasn’t Kyrie Irving, who has shown so much promise over his first seasons, and could become one of the best point guards in the league.

Kyrie Irving Unhappy

But the matter stands, Cleveland are in serious trouble, and it isn’t looking like changing any time soon.

Hopefully, we might be seeing better and more promising news heading out of the Cavaliers camp before the summer, especially considering that they have the opportunity to bring in a max contract player this off-season.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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