The message was simple. ‘If you want to fit in here, shoot the ball every time you get it’.

That was the first thing LeBron James told Cleveland’s latest recruit Kyle Korver on arrival to the Cavs locker room. Generally speaking, it’s the kind of advice that gets any basketball player excited. When you consider Kyle Korver is the sharpest three-point shooter in the NBA over the past 5 years, you can only imagine how he must have felt.

However, when the advice is coming from one of the biggest names in NBA history LeBron James, who wants and expects nothing more from the Cavs than to be back to back NBA FINALS champions, you can forgive Korver for being a little anxious.

“I’m joining the team I have been trying to beat for a lot of years, I will need to pull on the jersey before I really believe it”. The Cavaliers latest weapon to defeat Golden State, spoke before his debut in Utah today before promising, “the better the players are around me, the better I can be.”

An exciting prospect for Cavs fans but this whole experience is something completely different than what Korver has become used to. Playing alongside the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, being a part of a top 2 team in the NBA – a franchise that is now used to, and demands success. No longer will he be able to slide under the radar and go about his business of knocking down threes with no fuss. Every play down the stretch and in pressure situations will be under the microscope. Will he be able to handle it?

It didn’t take long for the Korver hype bubble to go pop. His first half was less than memorable, and that’s putting it politely. 1 from 4 from the field for 2 points in 8 minutes and his new team down by 15 at the break after just 12 points in the second quarter.

The second half didn’t get much better, in fact, it got worse. Cleveland lost by 8, with their new signing, shooting 1 from 5 overall from the field for 2 points from 17 minutes.

What were those Korver headlines again? How was he going to make the Cavs certain favorites over the Warriors?

Ok, maybe I’m being a little harsh. It’s only game one in Cavaliers colors, and Korver will only improve with practice in the Cleveland system, something which he admitted he has had none of yet. only game one in Cavaliers and Korver will only improve with practice in the Cleveland system, something which he admitted he has had none of yet.

The key point is, perhaps the trade was a little over-hyped. Kyle Korver is an excellent shooter, statistically one of the best from beyond the three-point line the NBA has seen. Does signing him at this point in his career make the Cleveland Cavaliers a super team or unbeatable? While he is sure to have much better games than this, the answer is clearly no. line the NBA has seen. Does signing him at this point in his career make the Cleveland Cavaliers a super team or unbeatable? While he is sure to have much better games than this, the answer is clearly no.

Will the challenge be a consistent contributor in their aim to beat the Warriors and go back to back? Or is Korver on the decline after a great 13 years in the NBA? The challenge will be, can he lift to the standard LeBron and the Cavs desire to be a consistent contributor in their aim to beat the Warriors and go back to back? Or is Korver on the decline after a great 13 years in the NBA?

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