The Cleveland Cavaliers may not have a lot of stars on their end but the brilliant handling of head coach JB Bickerstaff has garnered the respect of scribes.

Among them include renowned book author Roland Lazenby who fetes the Cavs for getting things together which has resulted in an inspiring run.

Lazenby shared his thoughts when he appeared on the Sports Bytes PH podcast last Feb. 13.

“I’d rather watch the Cleveland Cavaliers. A team that is inspiring, has risen up by virtue of great chemistry that likes to share the ball and also made some moves of course. They acquired a very talented player (Caris LeVert) who could easily be a huge factor for them and would be a good fit,” Lazenby stated.

Also amazed with how the 2021-22 NBA campaign of the Cavs have gone is former Cleveland Cavaliers player and The Basketball League president David Magley.

The 62-year-old executive praised the Cavs for doing an amazing job with everyone being on the same page when he appeared as well on the Sports Bytes PH podcast over the weekend.

“Everyone in the Cavs is doing an amazing job. I mean, they’ve got everybody buying in. Anyone you bring into that organization has to buy into what they are doing and every there’s someone else that’s fun to watch on the highlights and scores in buckets,” Magley said.

Although the Cavs have been relying heavily on their young guys, their current NBA campaign has also seen the rise of Kevin Love.

Seen as someone who should have picked up the slack left by LeBron James who moved to Los Angeles, the five-time All-Star has finally shown his true worth for Cleveland.

“I think Kevin Love is having quietly one of his best years, not necessarily statistically but leadership. First, off the bench, you know, he has really come into his own, owning that team and winning. He owned the team in Minnesota but they didn’t win. And then he went to the Cavs and that was LeBron’s [James] team,” Magley added.

It will now be interesting if Love can muster enough to push the Cavs deep into the upcoming playoffs and maybe even to the NBA finals. Either way, the Cavaliers have been one of the surprise stories this year, doing it even without high-priced NBA players.

“Now, it’s becoming Love’s team and he’s got some great athletic pieces with them. I think they have done as good a job as you can without the megastars. I mean the rest of the world’s got to take note to go wait a minute, we can build a playoff-caliber team without paying the highest-priced guys to come in every year. That’s a good look, they are doing a whale of a job,” Magley added.

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Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers posts up against Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on March 03, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images

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