• Draft Preview: Bridging the gap at Small Forward
  • Getting To Know Mo Bamba
  • Kleos: LeBron James, Cleveland, and Immortality
  • Competitive Psychopath: A Collin Sexton Story
  • Zhaire Smith: Zhaire Who?

Draft Preview: Bridging the gap at Small Forward

With the Cavs facing a potential bridge-burning exit by Lebron this summer, it could be in the Cavs best interest to start mapping out potential replacements rather than waiting to cross that bridge later.  Fortunately, this draft has several decent small forwards which could very well be available by the time the Cavs pick at #8, and each could provide a bridge over troubled waters should that dreaded Lebron-exit occur. …

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Getting To Know Mo Bamba

Like my esteemed colleague, David Wood, I’m not one to watch much college basketball. What some consider to be the extra hustle of amateurs, I see as a lack of offensive skill, particularly in terms of long-range shooting. The NBA Draft also hasn’t been particularly relevant to the Cleveland Cavaliers over the last four years. However, since I love basketball, and don’t live in a cave, I had heard of…

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Competitive Psychopath: A Collin Sexton Story

After the Cavs netted the Nets unprotected first round pick in the Kyrie trade, I slowly began wading in the 2018 draft prospect waters. The undertow of finding a longterm replacement for Uncle Drew organically pulled me towards the point guard prospects, and that’s when my curiosity with Collin Sexton began. Sexton’s high school highlights blew me away. He attacked the defense as if it he was a bail bondsman…

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Zhaire Smith: Zhaire Who?

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t watch college basketball. Over the past couple of years, there has been no need to. The Cavs haven’t had a meaningful draft pick since they traded away Andrew Wiggins in 2014. Fortunately, the world loves me and my first draft feature is on Zhaire Smith. I don’t live under a rock, I know some of the big names like Mo Bamba, Colin…

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Who Are Marvin Bagley III And Michael Porter Jr? I’ll Tell You

For the first time in four years the Cleveland Cavaliers have a significant interest in this year’s draft. With the 8th pick, the Cavs have an opportunity to add young talent in a possibly historically talented draft. Unfortunately, they were not able to harness the draft gods to leap into the top 5 where at least one of the below players will be drafted. Just in case miracles happen, I’ll…

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From Distance: Cavs: the Vlog

four point play…. 1. After giving writing the ole college try, I resorted to the one man booth. It went, er, well, it went. Hey YouTube, why won’t you let me select a better thumbnail than that when I’m editing on my phone? And why won’t you let me edit out that part where I literally say, “this isn’t good”. Man. My first crack at a video “From Distance” could be my…

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LeOptions: The LeBron James 2018 Free Agency Explainer

Editor’s Note: Please welcome long time commenter, Excl, who is offering his first post on LeBron’s options (from a mostly fit and team construction standpoint) in free agency. Well, the off-season we’ve all dreaded is upon us, and the Lebron Free Agency feeding frenzy is in full-effect. Rather than rant and scream about how we know what is going to happen, let’s dive into the numbers and facts and see what…

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Podcast Episode 176: A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s…

Well, it’s a complicated case you know… about what happens next for the Cavs. A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s for LeBron James, Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman to ponder. Frankly, there’s just a lotta strands to keep in our heads, man… lotta strands like the draft… free agency… and the future of the team. Probably too many strands for the old Duder to keep straight… but maybe not…

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Putting Things In Perspective

This past Thursday evening, my wife and I had the privilege of hearing the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speak at the State Theatre as part of Cleveland State University’s 2018 AHA! Festival. Abdul-Jabbar was there in part to promote his new book, Becoming Kareem, and was an engaging speaker who commanded the room on a highly enjoyable night. During his hour on stage, Abdul-Jabbar spoke on a variety of topics. He…

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A Long, Strange Trip…

(Full disclosure, I started writing this piece before Nate’s amazing and cathartic recap hit Sunday… and, I almost didn’t publish it given his awesome mic drop… but here goes…) There are times in everyone’s life when a confluence of events intercedes with their predisposed intentions. As the poet Robert Burns once famously said… “The best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry.” Take my own best laid plans…

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2018 Finals Recap: Golden State 108, Cleveland 85 (Things Fall Apart)

Everything ends badly. Otherwise it wouldn’t end. Truth can from the most unlikely places. In this case, Doug Coughlin’s philosophy from the 1988 Tom Cruise “classic,” Cocktail, describes the ultimate game of the 2018 season, and the season itself. Cleveland spent the first half struggling to contain and keep pace with a Golden State team that it had spent the last 361 days preparing for, and rode a nine point…

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