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Links to the Present: Throwback Edition, Updated With More Robert

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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I finally have a day off of work, so I’ve been catching up on some NBA reading.  The Ball Don’t Lie blog has been doing pieces this past week about historic dunk moments in the NBA.  LeBron’s dunk on Kevin Garnett and James Posey during game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals was covered by Joey Gulino.  This piece features some truly animated writing and is a must read.

Let me tell you something about Cleveland fans. These moments don’t happen for us, they happen to us. Except this time. Except when the greatest athlete to ever suit up for Cleveland exploded from Boston’s big green grip with no regard for the Celtic defenders, with no regard for the concept of basketball as a team game, with no regard for … well, you know.

Kevin Harlan’s forceful narration was the perfect punctuation. He said what nobody else in the moment could. Cavs fans could do nothing but scramble for inaudible exuberance. Celtics fans could do nothing but swear. Neutral fans could do nothing but shake their heads in appreciative disbelief. Doug Collins could do nothing but register the audible equivalent of slack-jawed astonishment.

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Links to the Present: Labor Day Edition

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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The news today is going to be short and simple.  Read it with your coffee before heading outside to enjoy some grilled delights and cold beers with family and friends. I’ll start with the “Not A (Team USA) Recap: Team USA 98, Turkey 77.”  The US team faced their first scare of the tournament when they entered the locker room down five at halftime.  Sekou Smith of NBA.com has a good summary of the game up if you missed it.  Kyrie Irving continued adding to his international resume; he had 13 points on 5-9 shots to go with five assists and four rebounds.  The other guards struggled.  Derrick Rose shot 0-4 for two points while Stephen Curry shot 3-9 for nine points.  Curry also had five steals. (more…)

Links to the Present: Money and Weight Edition

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Kevin Love wants money, and you can’t blame him.  Brian Windhorst explains Love’s contract situation and why he isn’t going to sign his player option for next year or take an extension right now.  It’s nothing personal towards the Cavs organization.

Summing it up, if Love signed today, he’d assure himself $37 million more guaranteed. If he waits until next summer, he can assure himself $107 million more guaranteed.

And, of course, if he does get hurt, the player option for next season is a great insurance policy worth $16.7 million.

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Links to the Present: Best Summaries Edition

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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Today is going to start with “Not A (Team USA) Recap: Team USA 101, Slovenia 71 (Or, Making Me Proud).”  Kyrie Irving is impressing the world during these FIBA tournament exhibition games.  Once again, he showed ridiculous efficiency getting 13 points on 4-5 shooting to go with two assists.  This performance out did the other point guards. Derrick Rose shot 0-3 for three points and Stephen Curry had a 3-5 night for ten points.  Kyrie is going to be going into the NBA season red hot if he keeps up these Team USA performances. (more…)

Links to the Present: Kyrie USA Edition

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Kyrie+Irving+USA+Basketball+Men+National+Team+rZ7-DZV8ONHlCleveland is officially on the international radar.  Kyrie Irving has competed for and has earned a spot on Team USA.  He has exceeded expectations while earning that spot, and he will be starting tonight against Slovenia.  He might even take turns alternating at the starting spot with Derrick Rose once the actual FIBA tournament starts according to Mike Krzyzewski.

“We’ll see as thing goes on. We might alternate ‘em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes.”

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Links to the Present: He’s Here! — Updated with Z’s Comeback Attempt

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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Kevin Love is officially a Cavalier, and the Cavaliers officially have a big three.  The news is old, as Kevin Love to the Cavs has seemed liked a done deal for a while.  The internet has pretty much examined what the team will look like now, but there are still some new articles trickling out.

First off, for anyone wondering how Kevin Love became a Cav, Brian Windhorst examined the entire process of acquiring Love for ESPN.  It was luck, the Heat imploding, and some crafty roster moves that kept the cap clear enough to have the space for LeBron James to return.  Basically, each thing that fell into place is something that goes against the bad history associated with Cleveland sports.  The Cavs have used up all the collective Cleveland luck:  sorry Indians,  sorry Browns. (more…)

Links to the Present: Not A Leader Edition

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Kyrie Irving had a candid chat with RealGM.  He admitted that he has not been a leader for this Cavs team.  This isn’t a surprise for Cavs fans who have witnessed Irving pout, freeze out Dion Waiters, and mentally check out. LeBron James and fellow veterans, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion, will fix Irving’s leadership issues this season, and having Irving already cognizant of them will make the process that much easier.  Here’s what Irving told RealGM:

“Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all. I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s about being the best every single day and not being afraid.

“I’m more than excited with our new veterans. I’m really excited just from the standpoint of how the locker room is going to go and how to really be a professional. I’m not saying that the veterans that we had weren’t professionals themselves, but we didn’t have enough. Given the right and wrong things to do in the league, I’ve had to learn on my own and that’s what some of us been doing.

“Now, we have guys who’ve been in the league for years, guys who’ve won championships and have had to give a piece of their game for the greater good of the team. It’s something I admire and something I’m going to learn from.”

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Links to the Present: Seeing Wins Editions

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Shawn Marion is coming to the Cavs.  It’s old news now.  However, people are still weighing in on what he will bring to the team.  Jimmy Cook of King James Gospel kept his take on Marion very short. The Matrix brings durability, playoff experience, and great shooting.  Cook also mentions that Marion played 31.7 minutes per game last season.  That number will go down and his effectiveness will go up.  The Cavs have hit title run Miami Heat status in that regard.

The team keeps getting guys like Mike Miller and Shawn Marion that could still be starters and big contributors for a less talented team.  On the Cavs though, these guys will be role players looking to post the most efficient seasons of their entire careers.

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Link to the Present: Countdown to Love Edition

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Kevin Love is coming to Cleveland and is going to sign a five year deal for $120 million after he is traded on August 23rd.  Adrian Wojnarowski  reported this Thursday, and, almost immediately, Cleveland’s bad luck came to darken the report.  There is a slight possibility the trade will be vetoed by the NBA.

Mark Stein and Brian Windhorst discussed this possibility as soon as the Love trade was announced.

On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Cavs and Wolves have agreed to a trade in principle and that Love has an agreement to re-sign with the Cavs next summer for five years, $120 million after opting out of his contract.

But sources insist that no agreement for Love to sign an extension in Cleveland next summer — when he can become a free agent — is in place.

In addition, under NBA rules, such an agreement would be illegal, and, if proven, it potentially could be grounds for the league to block this trade and dole out punishment to both teams.

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Links to the Present: Awesome Edition

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal aren’t as far apart skill wise as some people assume.  Jermey Conlin penned a piece for Hardwood Paroxysm explaining why this is so.  Of course, he had to mention the Kevin Love trade as the starting point for this discussion.  Would the Cavs trade Waiters for Love?  Yes.  Would the Wizards trade Beal for Love?  No.  The main reason people think Beal is better so far is because of his strong three point shooting and single playoff appearance.  Waiters’ stats are similar to Beal’s though.

Beal is a better shooter from three than Waiters, but Beal also takes so many more two-point jump shots, and makes fewer of them (Beal shot 37.2 percent on 519 two-point attempts outside the paint – Waiters shot 43.1 percent on 378 attempts) that there’s effectively no difference in their scoring efficiencies. In a twist of irony, it’s Waiters’ superiority on low-efficiency shots that actually offsets Beal’s superiority on high-efficiency shots at the rim and beyond the three-point line. Waiters has the reputation of the shameless gunner, but his shot selection is actually much better than Beal’s.

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