In the franchise’s 40-plus years of existence, only six Cavalier players – and one legendary announcer – have been immortalized in the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena.

Most fans easily recall three of those players – Mark Price (25), Brad Daugherty (43) and Larry Nance (22) – from a golden era of Cavaliers basketball: Lenny Wilkens’ squad from the mid-80s and early-90s. The other trio dates back to the mid-70s and the storied “Miracle of Richfield” season.

Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! I am the Optimist. You are Cavalier fans. And this is NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE. So, let’s get it on.

I’m back from a well-earned two-week hiatus. And I don’t mind saying that I desperately missed you guys while I was away. Unfortunately, we have way too much on our plate today to get bogged down in sentimentality. Let’s see if we can get through this column before we break out the hugs and handshakes.