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Reading Six Pack: Helping Each Other Out Brew

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it during the work week. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six notable reads/videos (much like the six beers in a six pack) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I might even suggest a beer to enjoy while reading these pieces.

This batch was fermented with an extra handful of teammate yeast. Sports Illustrated published an article by Lee Jenkins from their October 27th print issue online. Mr. Jenkins focuses on LeBron James’ development as a teammate. It’s taken the King a long time to become the transcendent creator and floor general fans witness each night, but the wait was worth it. He’s completely game changing when he facilitates.

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Opening Day News

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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ESPN correspondent Dave McMenamin has received confirmation from David Blatt and the Cavs organization that Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters will be starting alongside the Cavs big three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and LeBron James. Andy beat out Tristan Thomspon for his spot. However, Blatt was careful to say that the Wild Thing didn’t earn the starting role by playing better than Big T.

Blatt said that the decision came down, in part, to Varejao’s history of playing alongside James after the two were teammates from 2004-10 already.

“That was more or less the idea of beginning with Andy just because those two guys are so good together,” Blatt said. “And Tristan is equally as efficient in either case. So, that’s more or less the basis, but it doesn’t mean that Tristan won’t be starting some of the games. I’m sure he will be. Just right now, that’s the way we’re looking to go.”

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League Pass Champs

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Today, Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe of Grantland unveiled the second part of their NBA League Pass rankings. After reading part one of their rankings yesterday, I felt relieved that the Cavs weren’t in the bottom fifteen. It would seem illogical for them to be considering they have LeBron James, Kevin Love, The Wild Thing, and Kyrie Irving, but being born and raised in Cleveland has taught me to expect the worse for my sports teams.

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Preseason Recap: Cleveland 107, Chicago 98 (or, Rose Might Be Back)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Tonight’s preseason game between the Cavs and Bulls was the first in a series that should lead to an intense rivalry come playoff time.  Both teams came into the game looking at it as dress rehearsal for the regular season, especially the Cavs who will probably be resting LeBron James during their final preseason game against Memphis.  This game oscillated between stellar ball movement, great individual play, and transition basketball for the entire 48 minutes.  Derrick Rose seemed like he’s back, but Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao didn’t let that stop them from having great games as well.

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Becoming A Team

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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LeBron James has come out and stated that he thinks the Bulls are the more battle tested team in the East.  While some may think LeBron is admitting that he believes the Bulls are a better team, that is not really the case.  Brian Windhorst reported on LeBron’s thoughts today.

“[The Bulls] are a team that’s much better than us right now just off chemistry,” James said. “They’ve been together for awhile, we’ve got a long way to go.”

“You’ve got to go through something to create a bond; that means for the worse,” James said. “We’ve got to lose ballgames that we think we should’ve won, we’ve got to get into an argument every now and then just to test each other out.”

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Central Division Preview

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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The Central division should be called the crippled division.  At the start of the past two seasons, this division has appeared to have two of the top three teams in the East; however, injuries have kept that from actually happening. Derrick Rose missed the past two seasons and kept the Bulls from playing their best, while the Pacers played like the top team behind only Miami.  The bad luck continues for the Central division entering the 2014-2015 season.  During the offseason, Paul George injured his leg in a FIBA Team USA intrasquad scrimmage  and is facing a long rehab and recovery process.

This year the Cavs will surely be the best team in the East, and the Bulls will probably be the second best.  The Pacers could have been the third best.  The central division looks to be one of the best in the league going into the future, and it will only continue to get better as Detroit and Milwaukee turn their franchises around with new coaches and young talent.

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Links To The Present: Old Point Guard Edition

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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The Cavs are facing a bit of an injury situation right now.  Jason Lloyd is reporting that Kyrie Irving will probably miss the next two preseason games before returning from his ankle injury while LeBron James will be missing one of the next three preseason games to rest.  LeBron has a sore back.

“Kyrie moved around a good bit today, not in live practice, but in terms of the drills that we had. That’s a good sign,” Cavs coach David Blatt said. “He’s coming along. We’re not going to rush it, we’re being careful because we want him back on his feet full strength. But he did take a step forward today, no question.”

“I haven’t quite figured it out,” James said of which game he would skip. “I’m going to talk with coach and go from there. They’ve been managing it pretty good. I’m feeling pretty good right now and I want to continue that.”

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Links To The Present: All Hugs Edition

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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LeBron James was feuding with Chris Bosh and the Heat.  The Cavs and Heat were even trying to avoid each other in Brazil; furthermore, Bosh said LeBron is hard to play with, and ultimately, feelings were hurt.  Feelings are miraculously unhurt now.  Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel witnessed a true show of affection between the former Heat player and Chris Bosh.

James squashed the thoughts of their strained relationship with a hug at midcourt before Saturday’s tip-off between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers at HSBC Arena. The players supposedly were feuding once James announced he was leaving the Heat to return to the hometown Cavs. Both denied any rift.

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Pacific Division Preview

Friday, October 10th, 2014

 

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Who gets to make the next three?

The Pacific division looks better than it actually is on first view. However, when you really examine all the Pacific teams, it’s hard to see any of them making it to the finals. These teams are second tier at what they may do best. The Warriors might be able to run and get a bunch of threes, but the Thunder can run faster and probably shut some teams down on the defensive end. The Clippers have a hyper efficient offense led by the brainiac Chris Paul, but the Spurs offense is still better. Even the revamped Mavericks could challenge any team in the Pacific behind a Dirk led offense and Rick Adelman/Tyson Chandler anchored defense.

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Links To The Present: TV Deal Edition + Kyrie in a Walking Boot + Updates

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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The NBA has announced their new media deal with Turner Sports and ESPN.  From the 2015-2016 season all the way through the 2024-2025 season, the league will receive $24 billion.  The last deal only paid $7.5 billion, and it was over eight years.  The new deal means one thing for certain.  The cap is going to go up a large amount at some point; however, it isn’t clear when.  Larry Coon, the NBA salary cap professor, explained the new deal’s implications.

Since the salary cap is directly tied to revenues, this means we would expect the cap to increase significantly. The league sets the cap each year based on its projected revenues for the upcoming season. By the league’s convoluted salary-cap math, a $1.1 billion increase in national TV revenues would equate to a nearly $16 million jump in the 2015-16 salary cap, above and beyond its expected increase without the infusion of new TV money.

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