On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers played against Toronto. In that game, Cavs coach Paul Silas benched Jeff McInnis, a member of the Dark Establishment basketball fantasy team, for the entire game.
On Monday, Silas was fired.
Now, McInnis wasn't even in my starting roster for the week, so the bencing was meaningless for me in the short term. However, Cleveland plays more games during our fantasy playoffs than any other NBA team, so McInnis may be a key player for me down the stretch.
Of course, regardless of my own team's woes (3 game losing streak, limping into the playoffs, and that's only if we WIN this week), this firing, along with Don Nelson's decision to quit earlier in the month, is a pretty big deal. Paul Silas was a great coach when it came to teaching and mentoring his players, but a pretty crappy game coach. I think that, assuming the Cavs hire a good coach (current top candidate Flip Saunders is essentially the same coach as Silas), this will be a good move for a team the boasts the best young player in the NBA in LeBron James. These guys need to aim for championships, and they need a great coach for that, as well as a better, deeper roster.
If this move was the first in a series of moves aimed at a title, it was a great move. If it was just a firing to "shake things up" and hire Saunders, I'm not really down with that.