The Cleveland Cavaliers have plenty to smile about these days. They improved to 29-19 Monday night after finishing breakout work against the New York Knicks, 95-93.
The Cavaliers are no. 5 in the Eastern Conference and has 10 games above .500 for the first time since 2018. The team’s smart moves in recent years have seen Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen and Isaac Okoro, that now make up the core.
But beyond the players, improving coach JB Bickerstaff has also done wonders for the Cavaliers. Except maybe for one thing. According to a report from ESPN, Bickerstaff likes to play old school music during shootouts. But the tunes of Mary J. Blige and Bob Marley, to name a few, don’t exactly sound good for younger players, including Okoro who hilariously roasted Bickerstaff.
“His music lowers the energy. I tell him every day to change music, but he doesn’t listen to me.
But clearly, the Cavaliers are playing some great music on the field. After living in the basement in the post-LeBron James years, the team finally got its long-awaited turnaround, and Bickerstaff was a big part of that.
The Cavaliers have been hampered by injuries and a few bouts of inconsistency. They’re still a young team (as evidenced by their musical tastes), but things are looking decidedly bright for Wine & Gold.
There will be tough challenges ahead for the Cavaliers, but as Bob Marley said: It will be fine.