The Wild Thing, Anderson Varejao, is going to be extending his contract with the Cavaliers. David Griffin announced this news earlier today; however, he was not allowed to give any details of the contract because of NBA league rules. Sideshow Bob has played his entire career with the Cavs and witnessed LeBron James leave for Miami. Last season he played 65 games and averaged 9.7 rebounds to go with 2.2 assists and 8.4 points. Andy has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career; however, he managed to go into last summer uninjured and used his free time to get into wonderful shape. He then played on Brazil’s national team and looked better than fellow Brazilian teammate/NBA center Nene throughout the 2014 FIBA tournament. (more…)
In less than twenty minutes, the Cavs take the court for their first regular season game with LeBron James in uniform since 2010. It’s against the already struggling Knicks and will be a great opportunity for LeBron to start the season off right by giving Cleveland a decisive win. This is The King’s first step towards becoming the hometown hero he longs to be. Post your thoughts about the pre-game festivities, The Humongotron, The Chalk Toss, and, most importantly, LeBron’s homecoming game. This is the start of a magical season. GO CAVS!
Dan Gilbert and LeBron James are officially on the same page again according to the the press conference from earlier today. Actually, everything and everyone in the organization is on the same super positive, happy, and cooperative page. Gilbert commented on David Blatt, LeBron James, and David Griffin as he fielded questions from reporters for about twenty minutes. It was an opportunity for Cavs fans to see an owner on the podium that has clearly gone through as many emotions as they have during the time since James’ departure. It was an opportunity to see a man that has grown immensely since publishing a rage inspired letter.
Talks with Tristan Thompson about a contract extension before the Halloween deadline have stalled according to ESPN and Brian Windhorst. The talks represent more than keeping the “big man who specializes in offensive rebounding.”
Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and James’ agent and business partner Rich Paul, who has worked with Thompson since he was drafted in 2011.
Both league executives and agents are closely watching how the Thompson talks play out as a gauge for how involved James is making himself in the team’s front-office moves. James signed a one-year contract with a second-year player option over the summer to try to take advantage of a rising salary cap. But it had the ancillary effect of keeping the team a little uncomfortable about the future.
If Tristan isn’t re-signed, it will allow people to comfortably say LeBron is not performing as quasi general manager for the Cavs. If TT is re-signed, people will speculate about what influence The King had on the decision to re-up him and the resulting contract. Gossip will be inevitable. (more…)
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Cavs will be left out of this preview, so that they can be dealt with properly in their own piece in the coming weeks. (more…)