The Cleveland Cavaliers have entered a new era after being reliant on the talents of LeBron James for the better part of the last two decades.
As of now, Donovan Mitchell is the best player on the roster after getting traded to the franchise last season.
Mitchell made an instant impact as he helped the Cavaliers finish as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, albeit getting eliminated in the First Round of the playoffs.
Evidently, fans expected better things from the Cavaliers in the 2023-24 season, but the Cavs are currently tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference this season.
With that said, NBA analyst Tony Rizzo understandably berated the Cavaliers’ head coach J.B. Bickerstaff via ESPN Cleveland on Twitter.
“I’m not going to freak out, but JB, ya gotta understand, nobody has patience right now, not with this roster,” Rizzo said.
"I'm not going to freak out, but JB, ya gotta understand, nobody has patience right now, not with this roster," – @TheRealTRizzo on the Cavs slow start.
Are you worried about the Cavs right now? pic.twitter.com/SGAxDNUifc
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) November 1, 2023
Rizzo pointed out that although it’s still early in the season, Bickerstaff needs to know that the current roster of the Cavaliers is not made to withstand the test of time.
With Donovan Mitchell in his third year of the five-year, $163 million contract extension he signed earlier, he may leave the team in the summer of 2025 by opting out of his $37 million player option.
If the Cavaliers want to win an NBA Championship, keeping Mitchell happy is their best bet.
But starting the season with a 1-3 record and not changing coaching strategies may lead Mitchell out of Cleveland.
On a positive note, the Cavaliers have only gotten better each season under the coach of Bickerstaff, so the fanbase shouldn’t lose hope and trust him to fix the team sooner rather than later.