The Cleveland Cavaliers were not included in the NBA’s 22-team restart in Orlando, Fla. this summer, and they were not happy about about the exclusion.
Altman and the Cavs reportedly feel that they are missing valuable opportunities to give their young team experience ahead of next season. The organization knows the importance of experience from LeBron James’ second tenure with the team, according to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor.
“There’s no substitute for experience,” wrote Fedor.
“James is gone, in Los Angeles (well, technically a bubble in Disney) alongside Anthony Davis, leading the [Los Angeles] Lakers to their first regular season Western Conference crown since 2000. But his words still echo.
“They’re exactly why members of the Cavaliers were livid when learning they would be excluded from the NBA’s restart,” Fedor wrote. “And why general manager Koby Altman’s voice has been one of the loudest in pushing for a second bubble, mandatory summer minicamp or OTAs. Something, anything to keep his young, rebuilding team from going eight or nine months without meaningful action.”
The NBA has yet to announce whether or not there will be a second bubble for the eight teams that were left out of the season’s restart.
For now, the Cavs will have to focus on getting better without in-game action.
The Cavs surely hope that isn’t the case, as the team needs all the experience it can get after finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference this season.