After 25 games, the 2010-2011 Miami Heat were 17-8. That was the season that LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were learning how to play together on the same NBA team. That was the year they were trying to figure out who was going to make which sacrifices for the benefit of the team.
LeBron is back home and going through another adjustment period in his career. Kyrie Irving's knack (and desire) for scoring was waiting on him when he got there. Kevin Love's outlet passes and defensive rebounding arrived a little bit later. A new "Big Three" formed, and a few of LeBron's buddies (Mike Miller and James Jones) wanted to come along for the ride. Although pieces of the supporting cast are already familiar with LeBron or the city, the Cavs' puzzle might be far from complete. Are there still more roster moves to come?
David Blatt isn't Erik Spoelstra. A Hall of Fame president who can mentor and guide a new head coach is not present in Cleveland. This is Blatt's shot...his opportunity...his chance at molding an All-Star trio and veteran supporting cast to his style of basketball. How's that working out, so far? Is he on a tight leash, similar to his predecessors? What is his relationship with LeBron like?