From Distance: Luka Say What Now?

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four point play…. 1. In today’s vlog, my head explodes over the possibility that Luka Doncic could have been a Cav. 2. I contrast Collin Sexton’s defensive ceiling to Luka Doncic’s underrated athleticism, and talk about some technical skills they need to acquire. 3. I go on record saying Doncic will be a superstar and toss out some Sexton comps based on what we have seen so far. 4. At minute 15, (for the love…


From Distance: Los Angeles Cavs


  four point play…. 1. When one makes bold predictions, one will occasionally be required to down some tasty crow. Last week, I whiffed badly on two substantial predictions: LeBron would stay, and PG13 would be a Laker. Oops. It happens. I know I’m not alone with those particular stances. As more information comes out post Decision 3.0, it’s easy to retroactively see all the “writing on the wall.” It’s…


From Distance: Cavs: The Vlog, Prediction Time

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four point play…. 1. I babble some more in these last few days of NBA Indecision 2018. Here are my bold predictions. Check out the video for my “reasons”. 2. Paul George signs a “one and one” contract with the Lakers. 3. Kawhi Leonard will not be traded to the Lakers this week, and probably not at all. 4. LeBron James stays and signs a max contract with the Cavs. (note: in the time…


From Distance: Buzz-kill Alert


four point play…. 1. After watching dispirited regular season game after dispirited game over the course of the 2017-2018 NBA season, it is of little surprise that Koby Altman selected a young guard with maniacal energy. The Cavs number eight pick, Collin Sexton, doesn’t take plays off, bounces around with heart, and doesn’t back down even when his team has no real shot to win. I won’t even bother linking…


From Distance: Cavs: the Vlog

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four point play…. 1. After giving writing the ole college try, I resorted to the one man booth. It went, er, well, it went. Hey YouTube, why won’t you let me select a better thumbnail than that when I’m editing on my phone? And why won’t you let me edit out that part where I literally say, “this isn’t good”. Man. My first crack at a video “From Distance” could be my…


From Distance: Big Sigh…


four point play…. 1. Recently, I was told that a sigh is a literal reset of one’s emotional state. I’ve been doing a lot of sighing lately when thinking about basketball and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here we are again. The Cavs are down 0-3 to a team that, despite popular opinion, is not drastically more talented than they are. No, they are down to a Warriors team that is only far…


From Distance: Witness…Game One Had 47 Other Minutes


four point play…. 1. The downsides of living in Germany are laughably few. Still, one disadvantage has thankfully visited me every June for the last four years. Let us just say watching live NBA Finals games from 3am to 6am is not the best way to have a productive work day. I was set to go all LeBron “zero dark thirty” and simply not watch the contest until the following…


From Distance: Fantasy Lands


four point play…. 1. Last week, I challenged Ty Lue to prove his basketball acumen to be something other than that of a common fan. I introduced him to a talented young player who, to that point, had been rotting on the Cavs’ bench. Much to our delight, Lue finally got my memo and started both Cedi Osman and Kyle Korver. The move has helped to lead the Cavs to three…


From Distance: An Introduction


four point play…. 1. A few years from now, we will look back at the 2018 playoffs as the beginning of the Jayson Tatum era. The 20 year-old already plays with a pace and technical skill that far exceeds his years. Like Dwyane Wade in the 2004 Playoffs, Tatum is showing a superstar level talent that only needs some time to marinate. It’s easy to look at this Celtics team…


From Distance: Different Man, Different Time


four point play…. 1. I recently started a gig in a small town near(ish) Leipzig, Germany. Really, this town is about two hours from everywhere, deep in the heart of what used to be East Germany. Rehearsals began on a Wednesday. Thankfully, I wasn’t called for the Saturday rehearsal, so I took that opportunity to head back to my home in Berlin for the weekend. My friend joked about how…


From Distance: Casey Needs a New Plan


four point play… special weekend edition  1. Kenny Smith might have been the only guy on TNT’s post game coverage that understood the Raptor’s primary problem. While Chuck and Shaq were busy either being disappointed in the Raptors’ players or marveling (properly) at the brilliance of LeBron, Kenny pointed out the main reason the Raptors are losing. They have refused to double-team. While I totally agree that hard-trapping one of…


From Distance: I’m Getting Annoyed


four point play…. 1. Two weeks of playoff basketball has already taken a bit of life out of the average NBA junkie. An occasional weekend binge, and/or the joy of daily basketball intake is certainly a lovely way to “live one’s best life”. Four games in one night, however, are simply too overwhelming to properly enjoy. I gotta admit, it’s made me a bit basketball salty. It’s a shame really,…