Evan Mobley of the Cleveland Cavaliers knows that the team has a lot to prove this season.
They made a few big offseason moves and are expected to be one of the greatest teams in the East in 2023-24.
But they might not find runaway success overnight and may need to make adjustments to create true chemistry.
Mobley spoke about the mistakes made and the changes needed following Thursday night’s preseason loss to the Orlando Magic.
“I feel like the first game, we played very well as a team. And this game, I feel like some passes we could have made to the open guy, we shot them instead or made a different decision,” Mobley told Bally Sports Cleveland.
He assured the fans: “That just comes with time.”
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“We just gotta gradually build that [chemistry] and really learn,” Mobley added, affirming that he has faith in his team and believes they will be much better in the months ahead.
There are some new elements that have been added to the Cavs over the last few months.
Tristan Thompson has returned, the team has drafted Emoni Bates, and Max Strus, Georges Niang, and Damian Jones are all on board too.
With all of that incoming talent, a bit of adjustment is expected.
And Mobley is right: it could take some time.
The problem is that the Cavaliers don’t have all the time in the world to make this new roster work.
The Eastern Conference has rarely been so competitive and teams will need to be great from the get-go if they wish to have a remarkable season.
For the Cavaliers, the chemistry will need to come quickly.