Archive for the ‘Links To The Present’ Category

Links to the Present: Destiny Edition

Friday, May 16th, 2014


At Stepien Rules, there is a tremendous piece up about Mark Price being the man destined to coach for the Cavs.  He’s a former Cav, improves teams’ shooting, and helped turn the Charlotte Bobcats’ previous season record of 21-61  into 43-39 this season.

Now, preseason, Mark Price is training Kemba Walker, teaching Kemba Walker, molding Kemba Walker.  He is throwing Walker bullet passes at the three point line. They are endless. Mark Price’s bullet passes.  Kemba Walker spotting up, balancing his legs, firing. (more…)

Apologies and Links to the Present: Draft Combine Edition

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

First off, we send our apologies. In case you didn’t notice, CtB was down for close to a day. Our internet service provider had a major outage. The hipsters who power the datacenter solely through their sense of self satisfaction went on strike because the break room was out of almond milk. There were artisanal picket signs everywhere. Fortunately, the strike ended with an emergency craft beer delivery, and everything is up and running now. Here’s the links.

If you speak Australian, you can check out Tom Reid’s “Believe the Hype” NBA Podcast with Matthew Dellavedova. Delly reports that he’s back home in Maryborough, and that he’ll return to the states next week.  It’s a great half hour of what life was like for an undrafted free agent who went from barely being on the team to becoming one of the best rookies in the NBA. Delly praises Mike Brown throughout, and on his Twitter page, thanks coach Brown personally.

Also, you MUST listen to the end of the podcast for the “Come on Cavs. Got to make it happen!” fight song.


Links to the Present: Brown Edition

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

David Griffin

Mike Brown is gone and now I’m blue.  I was never the biggest Brown supporter, but I am a supporter of stability, something the Cavs have lacked during the past few seasons.  Now, the instability is only going to continue.

David Zavac at Fear The Sword thinks David Griffin is going to make a lot of changes.  He just isn’t sure what the next moves with Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, and Kyrie Irving will be.

-We have suffered through and over-analyzed and at times genuinely enjoyed two years of Waiters. Some of us have done the same with Thompson. I have no idea what either player becomes. Maybe both are destined to be bench players. Maybe they are both starters, perhaps even good ones. One just recently turned 23, the other is 22. We have put the time in cheering for these players through tough years. Wouldn’t it be awful to see them turn the corner somewhere else?

-I think Griffin is the right man for the job. I think the Cavaliers are headed in the right direction. But I have a feeling a couple of the moves that get things going might just bum me out a little bit. That’s okay, because ultimately the goal is to win games, and perhaps one day a championship.


Links to the Present: “Acting” General Manager Edition

Saturday, May 10th, 2014


We might be getting close to giving David Griffin his due as a real boy General Manager.  According to the Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer:

“…but a source said that after interviewing four or five serious candidates, the Cavs settled on Griffin…”

It would seem that Mike Brown’s job would be a little safer if a new GM didn’t need to come in and “put his stamp” on the team or whatever GMs do.  (Browns fans know all about this)  But we’ll see…

How do you feel about Griffin/Brown?  Do you trust Griffin to make the Cavs draft picks?


Links to the Present: Sixth Man and Shoes Edition

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Jamal Crawford won the sixth man award, but Dion Waiters wasn’t completely out of it.  He received a second place vote, and it was warranted. Waiters averaged nearly 16 points a game to go with three assists and three boards per game too.  Conrad Kaczmarek at Fear The Sword broke down the lone vote for Cavs fans.

Because the voting for awards is public this year, I was able to look up who voted for Waiters and saw that it was Rick Bonnell, a very good beat writer for the Charlotte Observer who covers the Horncats/Bobnets.

A big thanks goes out to Rick Bonnell.


Links to the Present: Blue Pride, Harry Weltman, and Another AB we-told-you-so

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Kyrie Irving headed up to Brunswick High School, today. He was there to help raise awareness for project Blue Line, a fundraising effort for the Blue Pride Foundation which was established in 2012 after the death of four Brunswick area high school students who died in a tragic car accident. It supports scholarships and safe-driving programs in Brunswick area and Medina County. Loren Genson of the Medina Gazette reports.


Links to the Present: Stuff To Get Edition

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


There are lots of things the Cavaliers need.  The team needs an MVP, Shaun Livingston, maybe Mark Jackson, chemistry, and definitely a center.  We will start with the MVP.

Yesterday, Kevin Durant accepted his first MVP award.  He beat LeBron James decisively by grabbing 119 out of 125 first place ballot votes. Durant averaged career highs of 32 points and 5.5 assists throughout this regular season, and he might have averaged the most feel good comments per minute of any press conference I have ever seen.  Ben Golliver of The Point Forward has the press conference video and pulled some of the best quotes out if you don’t want to watch the whole thing.   (more…)

Links to the Present: Of Note Edition

Friday, May 2nd, 2014


The Donald Sterling incident is continuing to pull in commentators from the Cavs organization.  Three days after the Dan Gilbert comments about Sterling, Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer has an article up about Jarrett Jack’s comments.  Jack is adamant that Sterling sells the team before next season.

“If that guy does try to take it into litigation and drag this thing out, we have to respond as players and make our voice known as loud as possible. If this man is still in control, we as a league shouldn’t play another game, another practice, another anything until something is done or he relinquishes control.”


Links to the Present: Early Draft Talk Edition

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

NCAA BASKETBALL:  FEB 16 Villanova at Creighton

Yesterday, the full list of players leaving college early for the draft came out.  It’s officially draft season. This list may or may not change the big boards and mock drafts, but I feel more confident in sharing what is out there because the available players are all known.

The Big Boards to look at:

Chad Ford, ESPN Insider

Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

Aaron Smith,

Draft Express (more…)

Links to the Present: L.A. Edition

Monday, April 28th, 2014


The Cavs are being talked about today because of their connections to Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, the talk is anything but positive.  Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, is reporting on a video Ric Bucher put out on Bleacher Report saying that there is a chance the Lakers hire Byron Scott.  Scott might be able to pull Kyrie to Los Angeles according to Bucher.

Irving has said he would like to stay in Cleveland, “but the fact of the matter is with Scott in LA with the Lakers, that could be very appealing, and that would bring in a great building block for the Lakers moving forward,” Bucher said of Irving.

I’m calling shenanigans on this situation.  I have never been under the impression that Byron and Kyrie were close enough to intertwine their career choices.