Blatt doesn’t believe that the Cavs have earned their favourites tag yet…
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has insisted that making his team the favourites to win the NBA championship this season is unfair on both them and their rivals.
Given the return of LeBron James and acquisition of Kevin Love to form a new ‘Big Three’ in the league along with point guard Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have been installed as the favourites for the title this year.
The franchise also added key veteran depth in the form of Shawn Marion and Mike Miller and so are undoubtedly in a position to compete with the top teams in the league.
However, Blatt doesn’t agree with it and believes that this new look team has plenty to go through and prove before they are worthy of being considered alongside the likes of the San Antonio Spurs.
“Anybody talking about us winning it all, I think they’re being unfair to those great NBA teams that are out there that have either won it or have been there to win it, and also to us as a team that’s talented but new,” Blatt said Tuesday.
“We have a lot of work to do before we can start claiming anything before it’s time.”
Blatt admitted that the Cavs have looked good in pre-season but the transition into competitive action will test how far they have come in a short space of time.
Guard Dion Waiters reiterated the point made by his coach and conceded that this team “hasn’t done anything yet”, but they will look to get off to a strong start against the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
The Chicago Bulls are widely tipped to be their biggest threat in the Eastern Conference, although the likes of the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards will hope to build on their success last season.
Nevertheless, Cleveland were the most popular pick to win it all by a panel of 28 NBA contributors on ESPN.com after they received 14 votes, with the Spurs (9), Thunder (3), Golden State Warriors (1) and Los Angeles Clippers (1) all trailing them.