Being from Northeast Ohio, I was raised a Cleveland Cavaliers fan.
Which, of course, meant I didn’t have a bunch of opportunities to watch my team in the playoffs during the days of my youth. Perhaps that’s why my team winning one playoff series, albeit it in incredibly unlikely and unforgettable fashion, has gone down in history as “The Miracle of Richfield.”
So yours truly, while remaining loyal to my team, found individuals involved in the playoffs to root for.
And that, basketball fans, brings us to our question — aside from the guys on your favorite team, who is your all-time favorite player and why?
Please take a moment or two and let us know your favorite team, along with your favorite player to not play for your team and why he is your choice. Post your thoughts in the comments section below and Sam and I will weigh in and have some back-and-forths with you.
For you younger fans, the Miracle of Richfield took part in the 1975-76 season, when the Cavaliers beat the star-studded Washington Bullets in a dramatic seven-game series to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, where they fell to eventual champion Boston in six games.
Those Cavs, by the way, had to play that series against the Celtics without leading scorer and rebounder Jim Chones, who broke his foot late in the final practice session leading up to that series. Many, to this day, believe those Cavaliers would have gone on to do what the Celtics did — defeat the Phoenix Suns in The Finals.