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Time for roles to find a roll

By admin Published: January 23, 2006

Seven different beds in 12 nights, more than 8,000 miles in the air, and not a single viewed snap of the AFC or NFC Championships games while flying back from Salt Lake plus a delay in Houston while sitting in a jammed plane amid to a church mission group that had just returned from Mexico sneezing and coughing while talking about how they had to throw their used toilet paper in the trash can.  It was a rough journey.

The most disturbing thing, however, was Denver's "Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey."  Yep, that's little old Whiplash pictured there.  He can really ride those dogs and he scares small children, the perfect halftime act! One can only assume he was part of the 100th Annual Western Stock Show and Rodeo going on in Denver while the Cavs were there.  Lots of pickup trucks and mud in the hotel parking lot.

Back to the Cavs, who finally got a win in Utah.  Yes, LeBron was awesome with his 51 points in tights, but the reason the Cavs won is because the role players like Sasha Pavlovic, Donyell Marshall, and everybody's favorite shooter Damon Jones came to play.  It has already been demonstrated that even with LeBron and Zydrunas Ilgauskas on their games, the Cavs will struggle to win with Larry Hughes out.  If they are going to whether this storm, and I'm not yet sure they will, it will be these role and bench players that make it happen.  Ira Newble, Sasha, Luke Jackson, Alan Henderson, Jones and Marshall don't all have to have great games, but they have to consistently help the cause if the Cavs are going to have a chance.

My Sunday Column has an honest and fair look at Drew Gooden's situation.  Some fans have written upset about it.  Please note I am not saying Drew should be traded, I am just explaining why it might happen.

Also, read about how the Cavs might open next season in China.

If nothing else, listen to my podcast with Joe Tait, I think you'll enjoy it.  He had no idea what he was recording, I don't think.  Here's the podcast feed file.

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