Links to the Present: Getting Ready Edition

When Friday hits, you have to get prepared for the weekend.  Some people get haircuts. Other people go grocery shopping for a family gathering. People like me contemplate why they hated on Kyrie coming back after he had an amazing game against Orlando. A few people just grab a six pack of their favorite beverage and turn their television on to watch their NBA team.  If you’re a Cavs fan,…

2014-04-04
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Links to the Present: Luke Warm (On Kyrie) Edition

Two weeks has passed since Kyrie Irving injured his left bicep against the Clippers.  He has been reevaluated and can participate in full contact practice according to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer. Irving’s status for tonight is, reportedly, a game time decision Irving wants to be back, though, according to ESPN,  in this piece about his return. “I feel good,” Irving said. “It was great to be back…

2014-04-02
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Links To The Present: Maturity Edition

After the first couple weeks of the season, I didn’t think mature was a word I would use to describe this Cavs team’s mindset or even my own.  It’s happening slowly, but it’s happening, and I hope the Cavs are able to hold on to this change.   When Luol Deng was traded to the Cavs, he brought an above average defense and often times struggling shot in his suitcase . …

2014-03-26
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Links to the Present: Contracts Edition

The NBA revolves around contracts.  Teams give players contracts to play, and companies give players contracts to endorse.  The Knicks even signed a contract with the devil to have a win streak for the rest of the season to make the playoffs.  The Cavs null and voided that contract, but I know it was there in some way.  Look at the roster they were winning with. Kyrie Irving’s contract with…

2014-03-24
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Links to the Present: Branding Edition

Dion Waiters is branding himself as part of the Cleveland community.  March Madness is here, so Dion is taking part in the annual Plain Dealer celebrity bracket challenge with the Brown’s Josh Gordon, the Tribe’s Cory Kluber, and former Ohio State University football player Christian Bryant. 

2014-03-21
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Links to the Present: Distractions Edition

I’m feeling good.  Kyrie Irving may be out for two weeks, but Dion Waiters posted his first NBA double double against the Miami Heat last night, and the Cavs legitimately held their own against a 43 point LeBron James performance.  Luol Deng wasn’t even playing, and Alonzo Gee was able to be a real replacement dunking on LeBron and making some threes.  I’m going to distract myself for a little…

2014-03-19
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Links to the Present: Traditions Edition

Every year at several points during the Cavs season, I find myself furiously searching “Kyrie Irving Injury.” I thought this year was going to break that tradition, since Irving has made it more than half of the season missing only three games. It seems I’m wrong again.

2014-03-17
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Links To The Present: They Probably Won’t Make It Edition

The Cavs have been off since Saturday, and to be completely honest, I have to say nothing is going on with them basketball wise.   They are not a good team by their record, 24-40.  When you see them play, they often look worse than that record.  These three days off have been filled with contemplation by writers across the world, and  they’ve determined that the Cavs probably won’t make the…

2014-03-12
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Links to the Present: Big Guy And Sloan Conference Edition

The news has spread that LeBron James may be attending Zydrunas Ilgauskas’s jersey retirement ceremony March 8th.  The NBA schedule works out for LeBron, and the past works for the pair too.  LeBron grew up watching Big Z lead a lot of terrible Cavs teams.  Big Z hopes the star of Akron is received warmly, since they are friends. I, on the other hand, hope LeBron is not received at…

2014-03-05
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Links to the Present: The Jimmer Hawes Edition

The Jimmer Fredette saga never had a chance to start in Cleveland, but the Spencer Hawes saga has more than made up for that. “‘We are very excited to add a player like Jimmer to our roster,’ Bulls GM Gary Forman said in a statement. ‘We’ve followed him closely throughout his collegiate and professional career, and believe he’ll be the type of player that will fit in with our group and be…

2014-03-03
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Links to the Present: Being Hurt Edition

As a Cavs fan, I know all about hurt.  Usually, they are hurting me emotionally.  Sometimes, they are hurting themselves physically.  You just never know. “Since the advent of rookie-scale extensions and maximum contracts, no player has turned down a max extension offer before entering the final year of his rookie-scale deal. Irving potentially has the chance to make history” [Amin Elhassan, ESPN]

2014-02-27
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