The Cleveland Cavaliers will be receiving a lot of attention in 2023-24.
There is going to be tons of speculation about the team’s future, and not all of it will be positive.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce appeared on Showtime Basketball and spoke of their feelings about the team.
“Things ain’t right in Cleveland. I don’t know what’s going on,” Pierce said.
“I’m not sure Donovan is happy over there,” he added.
He references the fact that Donovan Mitchell has yet to sign a contract extension with the team.
Garnett agreed and said that he doesn’t feel the combination of Mitchell and Darius Garland is working well yet.
Overall, these two NBA legends aren’t very confident in the team’s chemistry.
They aren’t the first ones to make comments like this.
Most people assumed there would be an adjustment period for Mitchell and Garland.
When two guards with such immense talent share a team, they often have to figure out how to change their games in order to really achieve success.
They definitely did find success during their first season together, with the Cavaliers climbing all the way to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
But it all fell apart in the postseason when the bright lights of the playoffs shined too harshly on the team and exposed its weaknesses.
Pierce and Garnett say that the pairing of Mitchell and Garland doesn’t feel cohesive.
Both players essentially just take turns with the ball instead of actually working together.
They said it’s similar to what has been seen with the Atlanta Hawks between Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.
If the Cavaliers want to silence Pierce, Garnett, and other critics, they will need to continue to work on team chemistry and cohesion.
It’s time for the adjustment period to come to an end.