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Links to the Present: OH NO! Edition

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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The Cavs’ pending decision of who to draft with the number one pick may have gotten easier.  Joel Embiid has suffered a foot injury.  Jeff Goodman at ESPN broke the story.

“He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN’s Andy Katz by phone Thursday. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”

One source told ESPN.com that Embiid “may have broken” his foot, but Tellem wouldn’t speculate on the seriousness of the injury until he had heard back from doctors. Tellem also said it was unlikely he would be doing any more workouts before the draft, which is June 26.

Embiid seemed to be the probable number pick up until now.  Chad Ford even mocked him to the Cavs after a supposedly stellar workout.  Regardless of how good the workout went, the previous injury concerns, although they were back injuries, are now the only thing I can think about.  I’ll be talking myself into Andrew Wiggins if this injury is something very serious.  (more…)

Links to the Present: Best Around Edition — Updated w/ more Parker & Wiggins

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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The Cavs have been conducting an intense investigation to find the best coach.  The search has taken them all the way from Los Angeles, Tyron Lue, to Israel, David Blatt.  They’ve covered the whole spectrum of expierence too.  Lue has never been a head coach, while Blatt has been a head coach, just not in the NBA.  However, Blatt is a winner if you hold the Israel league, the Israeli Cup, and the Euroleague championships in high esteem.  He won all of those this past season.

David Blatt is going to be fresh on Dan Gilbert’s mind after today because Blatt is having his first face-to-face meeting with the Cavs.  Bob Finnan reports on the situation.

David Blatt, 55, ex-coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv. He’s scheduled to make his second interview and first face-to-face meeting with Griffin and Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert on June 18. (more…)

More Links to the Present: Big Love Edition

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Kevin Love in USA Today’s thebiglead. “I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all. They have a great young foundation.” Let the world of Cavs fandom turn on its axis. Let the Cleveland media hysteria commence. Let Mallory read this article and have a five minute conversation with the life sized Kevin Love Fathead on his wall and, then, pen a sonnet… Jason McIntyre (interviewer) has rocked our worlds. If you don’t think KLove enjoys teasing everyone à la LeBron James circa 2009, then I have a social media IPO I’d like you to invest in.

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Links to the Present: Coaching Search

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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The Cavs coach search is still going on, and it seems like there isn’t a clear cut favorite for the position. New candidates are being added almost daily.  Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports is reporting that Nate McMillan, a Pacers assistant coach and former head coach of the Blazers and Supersonics, has been talked about as a possible coach for the Cavs.

Being that the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams currently without a head coach, I think it’s safe to speculate that they inquired about McMillan.

Haynes reached his conclusion about Nate because the league said there had been contact with the Pacers about him interviewing with teams.  The Cavs and Lakers are the only teams still without a coach.

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Links to the Present: Hot Edition

Friday, June 6th, 2014

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The biggest news of the past day has to be LeBron James cramping up during the first game of the Finals because the air conditioning wasn’t working at the Spurs’ arena.  That led to Bud Shaw figuring out how we can get Mr. James back to Cleveland.  Hire Mr. Freeze.

Not to say the Cavs are desperate to land James, but no doubt they’d consider hiring Albert Belle as their thermostat control expert if that’s what it took.

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Links to the Present: Not Really Cavs Edition

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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The news surrounding the Cavs right now is sparse.  Chad Ford is saying very obvious things about the draft for the team: “First, team doctors are going to have to get comfortable with Embiid’s back. If there is any hint it might require more treatment or long-term correction, the chances of Embiid going No. 1 dwindle.”  No new crazy trades or scenarios are being proposed aside from the ones trying to get Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Kevin Love, or LaMarcus Aldridge to the Cavs.  Everyone wants those guys.

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Links to the Present: The Onion Edition

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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Draft day is quickly approaching, and no one knows whether or not Joel Embiid is who the Cavs should take at number one.  I think he’s going to move past the injuries as he gets into better basketball shape, but a lot of people don’t agree he’ll avoid injuries like Anthony Bennett avoids cardio workouts.

Over at lostlettermen.com, there’s a piece up about Embiid’s potential to be a bust.  It comes complete with the video of Embiid injuring his back and almost blowing out his knee.  It’s scary, but I won’t succumb to the negativeness.

 As pointed out by Deadspin, Embiid’s body simply wasn’t ready for college basketball after just two previous years playing hoops. And if Embiid’s frame couldn’t handle playing 28 games in college hoops at 20 minutes a night, how in the world can the Cavaliers expect it to withstand the physical pounding of the NBA 35 minutes a night, 82 games a season for 15 years?

They can just manage his minutes, right? And if Embiid is a medical liability, it’s only going to make the Cavs medical staff that much better according to The Onion.

FL83674 “He’s the nucleus. When you’ve got an athlete like that, you put your medical personnel in place to do great things. Sure, [2013 draft pick] Anthony Bennett led to us getting an expert orthopedist, but having Joel on our roster will allow us to put in place a solid team of medical professionals who will thrive here for years to come.”

The Cavs will now have back issues, knee issues, and asthma issues covered by their medical staff.  See you soon, Amare. My aunt has been using the Cleveland Clinic for years for her eye issues and is very satisfied, so Amare will be covered in Cleveland if he gets hurt in any way.

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Links to the Present: Reality Edition

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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Kirk over at Waitingfornextyear.com has a great piece up right now about the Cavs choices in the draft and potential coaching candidates.  This part really resonated:

This draft has been too highly regarded compared against those of the last four years. The team control and cost-friendly contract is too much of a favorable situation. The potential for doing the rebuild the right way with more than one legitimate All-Star is too much to sacrifice. There are two pieces that are quite untouchable on this team now: Kyrie Irving and the No. 1 pick in this draft.

There is no legitimate reason to think Irving or the number one is being traded even if this is being tweeted:

 

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Mega Links to the Present: Memorial Day Madness

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Welcome to a special Memorial Day links edition of CtB.  We’ve a lot to get to. First off, let’s thank our service members whose sacrifices we are eternally grateful for. Second, we still have no idea who the Cavs are drafting. I’ve seen mock drafts with each of the three wunderkinds going first. This collection of mock drafts from Cavs.com has six sites picking Wiggins, three picking Embiid, and two picking Parker. And I’ve heard more than a little talk about the pick being moved. We may not know anything till June 26th.

Draft Madness

Joel Embiid:

First off, Trevor Magnotti from Right Down Euclid breaks down the medical details about Joel Embiid’s back injury. After a lot of fascinating technical details, he comes to an optimistic conclusion.

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Links to the Present: West Coast Edition

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving

The Cavs are looking to the Western Conference for new talent and coaches.  Recent reports are saying the Cavaliers are interested in trading for the expiring contract of Kevin Love.  Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer reports on this situation.

The Cavs have plenty of assets, but Love, who can become a free agent in the summer of 2015, reportedly wants to go to a team that’s ready to win. Still, it will be worth keeping an eye on as the draft and free agency approach. (more…)