When the Yankees lost to the Florida Marlins in the World Series in 2003, Buster Olney wrote a book called the Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty. It is an examination of how the Yankees had finished their run of titles due to a variety of reasons including age, ego and death of prospects.
There is a strong possibility that what happened at the Palace the other night will in the future be described as the First Night of the Cavalier Dynasty. It may not start this year, in fact, I would not be surprised in the least if the Pistons rally back as they've done the past two seasons from 3-2 deficits. But make no mistake, the torch has been lit.
Things are going to be different from now to the foreseeable future with the Cavs. They are ready to move into the NBA's elite. First, LeBron James will sign his extension. Second, the Cavs will instantly become a hotbed for free agents, players will soon be taking less money to come to town. When disgruntled veterans like Alonzo Mourning or Michael Finley or Gary Payton demand to let out of their contracts like they do, they will be interested in coming to the Cavs. Third, the team's critical parts will only get better after having gone through a playoff season. Fourth, Quicken Loans Arena will become one of the toughest buildings to play in based on the momentum created in the postseason.
There are no guarantees, of course. There are no longer any limits, either.
By the way, apparently there's still a writer banging away on his laptop in the darkened Verizon Center.
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