18 months in the making for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers president Koby Altman was in fifth grade

the team won a playoff series without LeBron James on its roster

Altman will turn 40 on Sept 16.

Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff had just completed his sophomore season

Oregon State the last time the team made the playoffs without No. 23

This helps explain why the Cavs aggressively pursued 

a long-range process, even if soundly designed, doesn't work.