As Apollo Creed said in Rocky, “It’s the name.”
Collin “Sex”ton. That is something to do during this hiatus from basketball. Oh, but because of “six feet apart”, forget about that.
Frankly, during this COVID-19 period of time, many people are struggling to find ways to fill voids in their lives. Even the sportswriters don’t have the sports to write about like usual. It’s a challenging time for everyone and no one is exactly sure when life will return to normal.
Next week? Next month? Years?
Sexton, in his second year with the Cavs, averaging 20.8 points, three assists and 3.1 rebounds per game, is really starting to develop into one of the great players in this league. Sure, the guard has a long way to go before being elite, but the talent is there. However, everyone from LeBron James to Dean Wade cannot improve against opponents and competition in this current climate and hiatus.
Right now, the Cavs are 19-46 and in last place in the Eastern Conference. Thus, it’s not as if this year carries as much gravity as it does for a team such as the Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Lakers that have their sights on winning the title. Now, the question on if there will be a playoff for the 2019-20 season still remains front and center. Additionally, if the format will be different than it usually is in the years past.
It would certainly be hard on the teams/coaches/players if the season was voided. Then, thinking about the millions of dollars each person involved makes and one doesn’t feel as badly.
Even though there aren’t any games to be played currently at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, there is plenty of work to be done as a player. Things such as watching film, working out, shooting around and strategizing with teammates for the future over the phone or the rising star video chat app Zoom make an individual better without any games on the schedule.
On the other hand, fans are struggling to deal with the lack of sports and it’s incredible to think that even the men in uniform themselves are having trouble, too. Well, Mr. Sexton has admitted it himself and there is no way there’s only a single struggling player. Everyone should come to appreciate sports a bit more now that they are gone. When they return and hopefully this mess is over, celebrate by cheering a bit louder and supporting the teams to the max.
The Cavs were not poised to make any type of championship run this year, but the core of the team is equipped for a future that is filled with successes. It’s just a matter of getting back on that floor in front of those fans, something that was expected for so many years.
That’s everyone waiting for this to be over. Players, fans alike. Only time will tell.