Looking At The Final Roster Spot

2018-10-15

Some thoughts on the Cavaliers’ open roster spot in light of  the team’s recent moves… A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Cavaliers’ various training camp invitees, what they brought to the table, and their chances of making the team. It seemed like Isaiah Taylor was the favorite for the fifteenth and final roster spot until word spread about the stress fracture he was dealing with. After that, it…

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Random Thoughts

2018-10-02

With the Cavaliers in the midst of training camp and the regular season just a few weeks away, here are a few random thoughts that have occurred to me. —It doesn’t look like David Nwaba is part of the rotation right now, and that is going to upset a lot of people who follow the team closely. An athletic player who works hard at both ends of the floor, Nwaba…

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The Battle For The Final Spot

2018-09-27

At long last, it’s finally here. While it’s only been a little over three months since we’ve last seen the Cleveland Cavaliers together, it seems more like an eternity. That’s really no surprise when you consider all that’s happened to the Wine & Gold since the Golden State Warriors swept them out of the NBA Finals in June. Since the final buzzer sounded in Game Four, the Cavaliers have drafted…

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Southeast Division Preview

2018-09-10

Today our countdown to training camp continues as we take a look at the Southeast Division. Whether they’re playoff contenders or making a push to the top of the lottery, the Southeast Division is full of interesting players on flawed teams. Let’s take a look. Team: Atlanta Hawks Additions: Trae Young, Jeremy Lin, Justin Anderson, Kevin Huerter, Alex Len, Omari Spellman, Vince Carter, Cole Aldrich (training camp deal) Subtractions: Mike Muscala, Dennis Schroeder,…

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Getting To Know Sam Dekker

2018-08-07

As the Cleveland Cavaliers continue rebuilding their roster to begin the second post-LeBron James era, a few points emphasis within their plan have become apparent. First off, they aren’t interested in a complete tear down ala’ the 2010-2011 Cavaliers. They believe that fielding a competitive team is better for the development of the young core players on the roster, as it makes it more difficult for a losing mentality to…

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Finding Fits

2018-07-23

Whether they try to contend for a playoff spot or tear down their team in a complete rebuild, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a state of transition. When the best player in the game leaves your team, that’s bound to happen, and that’s exactly what happened to the Cavaliers with LeBron James now a Los Angeles Laker. Besides James, Jeff Green and Jose Calderon have both left for new teams,…

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What About Love?

2018-07-09

As the Cleveland Cavaliers move into their second Post-LeBron Era, there are a lot of questions swirling around the team. How good can Collin Sexton be? Will Cedi Osman take a larger role next season? Can (and will) the Cavs move off of the contracts of Tristan Thompson and JR Smith? The most common discussion taking place is whether or not the Cavaliers should tear down the roster for a…

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Getting To Know Mo Bamba

2018-06-19

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

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2018-06-14

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

2018-06-13

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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George Hill Is A True Difference-Maker

2018-05-12

To say things are looking up for the Cleveland Cavaliers would be a major understatement. Just over a week after barely surviving a first-round series against the Indiana Pacers in seven games, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked absolutely dominant as they finished off a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors. They dominated the number one seed in the Eastern conference in a way that even the biggest Cavs optimist didn’t expect….

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Playoff Recap: Pacers 121, Cavs 87 (Or, The Beginning Of The End?)

2018-04-28

It was Deja Vu all over again. LeBron James came to Bankers Life Fieldhouse hoping to eliminate the Indiana Pacers from the postseason for the fifth time in seven seasons. While the Cavaliers had won an NBA-record 13 straight playoff series-clinching games, this Cavaliers team was far different from the ones we’ve seen the last few seasons. There is no “Big Three,” and with Kevin Love struggling on offense throughout…

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