Flashback Friday: Go, Go Mozilla!

August 28th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Taking a short break from the villainy of this week, let’s use a laid back Friday to flashback to a time when a certain Russian big man invaded Cleveland like a gigantic monster that came to help destroy opponents, send their fans fleeing for the exits and nearly cause their head coaches heads to explode.

Yes, he would eventually go by many names (Mozzy, Moz-erati, Ivan Drago, etc.), but on this day in late January, Martin Luther King Day to be precise, Timofey Mozgov was dubbed “Mozilla” in Cory’s terrific recap of Timo’s first home game with his new team in his new city. I’m not sure if Cory was the first to christen this particular nickname, but he was most assuredly the first (with an assist from Arch Stanton) to put it to song…

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#CavsRank Villains: 15-13

August 27th, 2015 by David Wood

Sometimes villains are easily personified as thugs, bullies, trash talkers and irritants. They’re annoying and brash, and are usually the component that makes losing that much harder to swallow. But other times, it’s not that simple. Sometimes, players’ bodies betray them or cruel twists of fate intervene to derail even the most promising playoff run. As we’ve witnessed all too often, bones can break just as easily as hearts in The ‘Land.

So, buckle up and take your Dramamine as you journey through the hazards of our next three #CavsRank Villains on the countdown…

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#CavsRank Villains: 20-16

August 26th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

20. Jim Paxson

(By Cory Hughey) Some of the most flagrant terrorists to the American ideal have been internal, from Benedict Arnold to Timothy McVeigh. Some of the biggest villains to the Cavaliers chances at winning a title ate away at the franchise like a termite, from the inside out. You could make the case that Paxson was a victim of circumstance, and I don’t think he intentionally damaged the team (except for tanking for LeBron of course), but he was certainly a stooge. The Cavaliers failed miserably under Paxson’s time in the rusty throne to the tune of a 185-307 record.

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#CavsRank Villains: 25-21

August 25th, 2015 by David Wood

Now that you’ve seen the bad guys who missed the cut, today begins our Cavs:The Blog’s #CavsRank Villains actual countdown. You can find the (dis)honorable mentions here. I’m joined by EG to bring you guys numbers 25-21. Some of these culprits are on here for enabling the dislocation of a certain Cavs star’s shoulder. Some because they did their part to crush the hopes and dreams of the Cavs in the playoffs. Others because they’re just jerks. One guy even made the cut for getting fat.

One thing’s for certain, it’s appropriate that famed Boston coach Red Auerbach appears in the above basketball “villain” graphic, since this section of the countdown is riddled with nauseating shades of Celtic green…

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Introducing #CavsRank… Villains!

August 24th, 2015 by Nate Smith

The Joker, Hans Gruber, the Wicked Witch of the West, Voldemort, Emperor Palpatine, Ivan Drago, Hal 9000, Michael Corleone, Shredder, Iago, Cruella de Vil… Often, we remember a great villain more than we remember a great hero. For every Indiana Jones, there’s a Mola Ram. We Cavs fans have our own villains that have ripped our beating CavsHearts from our chests.  To discover them, we polled our crack staff to discover who and what we all still have nightmares about, and in the course of the next week or so, we’ll be counting down the biggest villains in Cavs history. (Big props to the commentariat’s TV63 who suggested the idea).

First up? Our (dis)honorable mentions, many of whom are just as memorable as the guys at the top. “Kali Ma!” indeed.

Charles Barkley

(By Nate Smith)  Sir Charles was a protagonist on a rough-and-tumble 76ers team that bounced the Cavs from the playoffs in 1990. Not only did the round mound level Craig Ehlo with a vicious foul in that series, but the Chuckster also averaged 25.6 points and 14 boards.

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Cavs Sign Sasha Kaun to 2-Year Deal

August 23rd, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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The Cavaliers off-season bench bolstering locked in one of its final pieces Saturday with the signing of Sasha Kaun to a two-year deal.

The 6-11 Kaun was the 56th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics before his rights were dealt to the Cavs for cash. Kaun, though, never donned the wine and gold choosing, instead, to play professionally in his native Russia for Euroleague power CSKA Moscow. Last season, Kaun averaged career highs with 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while playing 20.1 minutes per game.

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Insta-Commitment… Welcome Back J.R. Swish!

August 21st, 2015 by EvilGenius

As has become his custom for announcing new commitments these days, J.R. Smith let the world know that he was returning to the Cavs via Instagram last night. The deal is reportedly for two years and more than $10M, according to ESPN.com sources. The second year of the contract will be a player option, and also that Smith will have the ability to veto any trade during the season.

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Cedi Mind Trick

August 20th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Yesterday, there was a disturbance in the Force. Though it happened not long ago, in a Euroleague match far, far away, the aftereffects may well reverberate two years hence at The Q in Cleveland.

If you haven’t heard by now, the world (or at least fans in Turkey and Macedonia) supposedly witnessed a flawless shooting night by the 20-year-old, second round draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cedi “The Jedi” Osman…

…or did they?

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The Point Four-ward: In (Con)Tract-ion

August 19th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) It has become almost commonplace to say that LeBron James never stops surprising. For all the highlights, the masterful performances, and even this season’s Herculean Finals run, he’s just one of those players who can still surprise. He can surprise, in spite of how much more surprising his feats must be than those of other players. He can surprise, in spite of our judgement of him being set so ridiculously high.

This summer has been no exception.

No, LeBron hasn’t come out with a surprise on the scale of Summer 2014’s “The Return,” but in smaller ways, he’s proven just as difficult to anticipate.

Take, for example, James’s stance on the Tristan Thompson contract negotiations. First, when it was widely expected that James, who shares agent Rich Paul with Thompson, would wait for Thompson to come to terms before signing his own contract with the team, James did the opposite. On July 9, the first day that NBA free agent contracts could be signed, James informed the team that he’s be back on what amounts to a one-year $23 million deal (the deal’s second year, is a player option for $24 million).

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NBA Jams… Cavs Edition

August 18th, 2015 by EvilGenius

A few weeks ago, when Mo Williams officially agreed to come back to the Cavs for a second stint, I started pondering something truly exciting. Sure, Mo should definitely help man the back-up PG position, providing skilled ball-handling and instant scoring off the bench. But I also realized the return of Mo Gotti might also bring about a return of the music sting following each triple he hits from downtown. Yes, I can’t wait for the possibility that the PA system at the Q will once again blast the familiar strains of the theme song from The Godfather in honor of Mo’s predilection for gangster flicks.

Then, because that’s just how my brain works, I started thinking about how all the other Cavs should have their very own theme songs or anthems that play, either when they check into the game or following a made basket or generally awesome play. After all, why should Mo and Andy (Wild Thing) be the only guys with specific songs?

I recognize that the Cavs have their own musical tastes that get them pumped up for gametime, so these selections are more for fan enjoyment and comedic effect. Here’s what I came up with… see if you agree.

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