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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

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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…)

Links to the Present: Destiny Edition

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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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.

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Links to the Present: Brown Edition

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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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.

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Links to the Present: “Acting” General Manager Edition

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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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

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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.

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