Why winning the NBA championship won't be easy for LeBron

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LeBron has dealt with it. Mike Miller was there too, playing three seasons for the Heat.

Now, we get to see if the rest of the Cavaliers are ready to deal with the traveling roadshow that will be their 2014 season.

The Cavaliers are all professional basketball players and are used to attention. Many played at big-time college basketball programs, like Kyrie Irving at Duke and Brendan Haywood at North Carolina.

But this will be different. Heck, Kevin Love might be the only one outside of LeBron and Miller who knows what it will be like. And it has nothing to do with playing at UCLA.

Love's uncle, Mike Love, was the lead singer for the Beach Boys and got to see that first hand growing up, one time even taking the stage at a state fair to sing with the group when he was 6 or 7.

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What does it mean?

The point is, it's easy to say that the Cavaliers look like the NBA's best team on paper. LeBron is the best player and seems to have come into the season slimmed down in a great position to have a big year.

Kyrie Irving enters the year making a great case at being one of the NBA's best point guards, probably the top one in the East considering Derrick Rose is still an injury question mark, and a top 10 player after his performance in the FIBA World Cup. He isn't LeBron or Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant (if he's healthy), but he's in the mix with the best out there.

And Kevin Love isn't so bad himself. He can rebound with anybody.

The Cavaliers also have a lot of the requisite role players to have success.

What's the problem then?

Well, everything that happens will be made much larger than it actually is. If the team loses two games in a row, that will be treated like a national crisis. There will be analysis upon analysis about what is wrong with the team.

The questions will all pertain to that. And the mob will make it a disaster.

Any sort of drama, on or off the court, will be blown out of proportion.

Many talk about New York's media as a group that create an environment that exists nowhere else. But the media show surrounding the Cavaliers this season – like that around the Heat in the past – will be unmatched anywhere.

Will it work?

The other problem is always chemistry. These guys, meaning James, Irving, Love et al., haven't really played much together at this point. You never know how things will work out on that angle.

Good players are good players, but there are plenty of NBA teams with good players together that don't end up being great because of chemistry.

Knowing where your teammates will be and trust are underrated factors of the game that can only come with familiarity. That's why I would take the under on Cavaliers wins.

They might be the most talented team in the NBA, it is just hard to imagine them putting the pieces together that quickly to be the league's best team.

It's hard to win, especially in the playoffs, and for so many to assume it will just happen isn't giving every other team in the league enough credit.

The Spurs know how to work together, so do the Thunder and Clippers. Lucky for the Cavaliers, those are all Western Conference teams who will beat up on each other before getting a shot at someone from the East. It's just hard to imagine everything running smoothly in that environment. There will be problems, there will be speed bumps. The Cavs will be good, but I'm not ready to declare them great yet.

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