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Reminder: LeBron still does impossible stuff

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Hi, it’s me. Thick in the middle of law school finals (had one today, have another tomorrow, and the last one on Friday), so time hasn’t been my friend of late. I still wanted to get in on this little bit of absurdity. The fun starts at the 2:22 mark of the video above (props, as always, to @DawkinsMTA)

Off a Kemba Walker fast-break layup, LeBron grabs the inbounds pass, gets into a full quarterback stance, and heaves the ball from just inside the Cavs’ free-throw line to Kyrie, who made a ridiculous layup in traffic. (I’m fairly sure Kyrie makes more layups off damn near the top of the backboard than anyone else in the league.) Oh, and LeBron threw that with his left hand.

It’s pretty well-known at this point that LeBron does everything but shoot a basketball left-handed, and his ability to drive and finish with his left hand has always been a vital and underrated part of what makes him great, but that’s freaking ludicrous.

As has been mentioned, LeBron’s pretty clearly past his physical prime — he’s not the holy-christ jumper he used to be, and, more importantly, he doesn’t have enough in his legs to compete on both ends for the full game the way he used to. This began in earnest last season (I said as much on this CBS.com podcast! Don’t listen to the part where I say Golden State was dramatically overvaluing Klay Thompson. Just focus on where I say LeBron is past his physical prime. I am so often wrong.), especially the defense part, but nobody really noticed it because people are slow to change their opinions on how good perimeter defenders are  (even GMs — seriously, guys?), and the Heat’s offense got LeBron the ball in positions where he had a deep post-up or an outright layup or dunk, minimizing the need for him to slice all the way through defenses like he did in his first stint with the Cavs.

The point here is that even though LeBron’s crazy dunks are probably gone, he’s still a player capable of doing insane, insane things, and we should appreciate them.

(I’d say I’d like to see more of the kind of action we get at the 2:10 mark of the above video, where LeBron gets an easy layup after catching Lance Stephenson cheating a screen, but that play was entirely thanks to Al Jefferson. His man is setting a screen, LeBron is basically scratching his back, and he’s just standing still and staring straight ahead, thinking about muffins. Never change, Big Al.)

Culty Catch Up: Second/All About D Edition

Thursday, December 11th, 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. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six to eight notable reads/videos (the last two reads are up in the air just like the Cavs bench production this season) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I’ll throw in Dion’s Neon Man Of The week and some other features to add to the entertainment

The Cavs are on an eight game win streak, and they have earned it. The wins against the Bucks, Knicks, and Raptors were by less than five points. The Raptors and Knicks games involved fourth quarter comebacks where the Good Guys held the opposition under 15 points for the final twelve minutes. The defense can get revved to the red when it needs to these days. Everyone is starting to notice. (more…)

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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Dear Santa…

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everybody, from all of us here at Cavs the Blog. Monday was Festivus, the day for the traditional airing of grievances. We spent most of the last two recaps gathered around the Festivus pole, airing those grievances. Now it’s time to move on to more edifying holiday traditions. While we have spent a good bit of time complaining about the Cavs’ play this year, we sometimes forget how lucky we are to have a pretty decent group of guys representing our team and the city of Cleveland.

The team presents the Cavaliers as a force for positivity in the Cleveland community. Just check out the Cavaliers in the Community page. Furthermore, something that seems to get lost in the way the media covers players and teams, is that these guys are people.  They are not a collection of stats and “measurables.” In researching for this project, it’s incredibly disappointing to realize how little information there is that doesn’t have to do with points, assists, or rebounds. But we’ve done our best to find it!

So in the spirit of the season, we present the 2013 Cavaliers’ team wish list: the list of things we asked Santa to bring the Cavaliers.  Lets hope they’re sitting under the tree come Christmas morning!

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Uncle Drew Part 2 and a Blast from the Past

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Uncle Drew got in touch with an old friend and mentor before bringing an old teammate back for more buckets.

Later he gave Stephen A. Smith an inside look at why he chooses to run with the young bloods.

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Tonight was Halloween and it felt like half of the characters in the Lakers/Blazers game were dressed up as Cavs throwbacks. Consider:

-It’s another slow start to a season for Mike Brown. (0-2)
-Antawn Jamison posted a game low -20 +/-
-JJ Hickson battled Dwight Howard throughout the game

But then the best costume emerged around 12:29est.

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Here’s what happened:

Happy Halloween from 2012 Sasha Pavlovic - dressed as 2007 Sasha Pavlovic

There are two possible explanations.  1.) Uncle Drew met with him at halftime and told him that age was just a state of mind and Sasha convinced himself it was 2007.  2.) His father Dusan was at the game.

Thanks to the missed FT which was completely intentional, Sasha leads the NBA once again in the most young bloodish of all stats: [3PFG% minus FT%].  The 3 point line’s a gimmick, Sasha!  Rebound and get back on D.

I’m going on the radio and the Heat may be going to court

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Quick heads-up: I’ll be going on The Knicks Blog radio tonight, along with Spike Lee. (We won’t be appearing together, so I won’t get to ask him about He Got Game II: Jesus’ free agency decision) I expect I’ll be talking about the Cavs’ inconsistent defensive efforts, Varejao and Hickson’s inability to run the Princeton offense, and how the Cavs should be using more guard-heavy lineups. Or LeBron. Here’s the link — I’ll go on at about 10:20 EST or so.

Also, Dan Gilbert may be looking to sue the Heat for tampering. Interesting. A popular theory this off-season was that the Heat gave the Cavs and Raptors draft picks (draft picks I believe the Heat will miss) in sign-and-trades to prevent either team from looking into tampering too deeply, but apparently that isn’t the case. We’ll see how that plays out.

Here’s Pooh Jeter talking on a sailboat

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Because it’s Thursday, here’s a video of Kings guard and Cavs summer-league standout Pooh Jeter talking on a sailboat, courtesy of Draft Express. Even though the Cavs and him ended up going in different directions, I figure he’s still worth keeping up with. Also, he’s on a sailboat. Here’s the link to part 2 of the interview.

Some quick self-promotion

Monday, April 12th, 2010

First off, I’m taking another stab at radio tonight. I’ll be appearing on Roto Radio: Hoops Edition at 8:05 EST (5:05 PST) tonight, so give a listen and make fun of my voice.

Also, I wasn’t going to say anything about this until I actually saw it in print and knew it was confirmed, and last night I finally got my copy. If you get SLAM or are near a newsstand that sells it, I have a piece in SLAM #138. (There are two covers; the Hawks are on one and the Thunder are on another.) It’s a short (325 words) “In Your Face,” piece on JJ Redick, so make sure to check it out if you can. Seeing your name in print for the first time is definitely an indescribable feeling. Just another one of those times that let me know all the hard work I’ve put in over the last few years has been more than worth it. Listen in tonight, give SLAM a read, and make sure to send lots of letters and e-mails to the editor about how a short piece on JJ Redick changed your life. Until later, folks.

Heads-up: I’ll be on the radio at 10 PM EST

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Hey folks, just wanted to let you know I’ll be appearing on this radio show at 10 PM EST/7 PM PST. Feel free to listen, and of course make fun of my voice in the comments.

Heads-Up: I’ll Be on College Radio Tonight

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The other week, a young radio host named Michael Perloff sent me a message asking if I’d appear on his sports radio program at Brandeis, and I said yes. I’ll be on at 12 PM EST tonight (9 PM PST), and I’m looking forward to it. If you’re in the Boston area, tune into 100.1 FM; if not, go onto wbrs.org to listen in. Let’s do our best to give Michael a great show.