First and foremost, let's just take a second to appreciate the most memorable moment of Isaiah Thomas' "shooting star in the night sky" stop in Cleveland...
Annnd within the span of one lunch break, LeBron James' Cavaliers have gone from being a thrown pudding cup away from a full-blown organizational food fight to legitimately challenging the Boston Celtics for the opportunity to once again lose to the Golden State Warriors in five games come early June.
I honestly don't know what's more amazing. The fact that things had gotten so goddamn bad in Cleveland, or that - without giving up the Brooklyn pick - they managed to right so many of their wrongs in so little time. It's obviously a credit to LeBron that his skill set makes him so easy to build around, but this isn't exactly the greatest endorsement of professional basketball as a cohesion-dependent team sport. It's probably even odds for who wins the East, but if it's Cleveland it will be with a team that will likely still be trying to give each other nicknames.
I mean, there are 12 year olds playing NBA2K that would stop short of making so many deals in so little time in lue (not Tyronn) of remaining somewhat realistic. Yet, not only did the winners of three consecutive conference championships refuse to leave any trade unmade out of complete desperation, but they also got younger, better, and - by default - more unified in the process.
Kind of have to give LeBron a pass for his lackluster defense as of late, because - as the unofficial GM - it must have been exhausting for him to orchestrate all these deals during the season. I'm just concerned that in doing so he limited his scapegoats to the usual suspects of Kevin Love and Dan Gilbert if he does decide to occupy the cap space he just indirectly created in Los Angeles this summer.