When the 2017 NBA playoffs began, the Cavs and their fanbase were in an odd place. The team's journey through the regular felt more like an attempt to avoid dysentery on the Oregon Trail. Things would get bad, like losing back-to-back games to the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings bad, but the Cavs would always right the cart just before it splintered and everyone fell out and died.
As the Cavs prepared to take on Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in the opening round of the postseason, the atmosphere in Cleveland felt similar to the inevitability of your 102-year-old grandmother's funeral, an event that could happen any minute. That gnawing anxiety wasn't helped when the Cavs were a CJ Miles jumper away from losing Game 1 at home. The Cavs went on to sweep the Pacers, then righted themselves in obliterating the Raptors and Celtics in subsequent rounds to reach their third straight NBA Finals. But out of the panic attack that was the Cavs' first round/entire season came an unlikely hero, a child, lost and confused, turned into a meme that encapsulated the entirety of the 2016-2017 Cleveland Cavaliers.
I do not know who boy is. I do not know where he came from, or how old he is, or what he might've seen to cause such a perfect look of confusion. I don't care about any of it. All I want to do is gaze upon his scrunched up face, a face unsure of what it's seeing, and bask in all of its unintended hilarity.
This child deserve mores than simply becoming an image to go along with "tfw you first see the booty." He even deserves more than being used to take a shot at former Pacers president Larry Bird, who would eventually step down soon after his team blew a 26-point lead in Game 3. No, this child should be the first meme, the first GIF, the first whatever to be placed in the Smithsonian. He should be shown to every future Cleveland child who asks "what was the year after the Cavs won their first championship like?" He should be immortalized in statue-form, placed next to the Larry O'Brien Trophy inside of Quicken Loans Arena forever.
He is utterly confused, and he is perfect. Squinting, Confused Cavs fan is the 2016-2017 Cleveland Cavaliers. And he is all of us.