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Podcast Episode 55: 2014 Training Camp!

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

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The Cavs first practice kicked off on Sunday. Kyrie Irving called it “surreal.” We here at at CtB can hardly believe it either. Our first on-the-court glimpse of this Cavs team is only a few days away. Until then, we’ll have to fantasize. While visions of half-court alley oops danced in our heads, Robert, Ben, David and I hopped in the podcast booth for a 2014 training camp preview. Who will lead this team? Are there hidden storylines? Who’s going to start? Who’s going to close? Does Mike Miller have a better ‘do than Andy? We answered all these questions and more.

You can hear us on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/ctb-podcast-55-2014-training-1 .

You can also subscribe to the podcast through iTunes at http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:64011415/sounds.rss .

Cavs: the Podcast 0054 – We’re Back

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Phew!  WHAT A SUMMER!

Wait, let me say that again…PHEW!  WHAT!!!!  A!!!!  SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!

But seriously, has everyone caught their breath?  I sure haven’t.  And yet, we’re only a few weeks out from regular season basketball, and even fewer from preseason.  Whether we’re ready or not, the dream will soon be a concrete, basketball-playing reality.

To put it all into perspective, Robert Nate, Tom, David, and I hopped on the line to discuss the offseason in general, the best moment of the summer, FIBA, former Cavs players (where are they now?!), Kevin Love, NBA 2k15, beer, and music.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0053-were-back

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Note: This post was originally mis-numbered as podcast 53. It should have been 54.

 

Cavs: the Podcast, Episode 53: Summer League Review, LeBron, and the Madness of Love

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Tom and I attempted to keep this podcast svelt, like a slimmed down Anthony Bennett. Sadly, we failed. This pod was trip to a Las Vegas buffet — we just couldn’t help ourselves: discussing the Summer League, LeBron, Aaron Craft, the melancholy of the the new Cavs era, what’s driving us nuts about Kevin Love trade talk, and so much more. You can listen in on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/summer-league-review-lebron … enjoy.

Cavs: the Podcast 0052 – King Me!

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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#$$%@&@!(#(&(*^&$(&^!!!!!!

Really, I can’t get over it.  I still tear up when I think about the letter;  I get chills when I consider what’s happened; my heart starts racing and my stomach lurches when I imagine next season.  Is this a reality?  Can someone pinch me?!?!  Please, don’t let me wake up from this dream!

LeBron is back, and in the most beautiful way possible.  All, for the time being, is right in the world – the possibilities are endless, the expectations sky high.

Of course, this meant Robert, Tom, Nate, Ben and I all had to hop on the old podcast line and each give our two cents.  We chatted about LeBeron’s return, what this meant for this season and on, whether or not Kevin Love should join force with our big two, and who else the Cavaliers should target now that the King is back.

Enjoy it, guys – for the first time in four years, the Cavaliers are relevant in the most positive of ways.

As always, we can be found on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0052-king-me

And on iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Cavs: the Podcast 0051 — Decision Eve?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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With all the hyperbole, rumor, and silliness floating around, Tom and I went in into the broadcast booth to talk about LeBron and his options. Who’s whispering in his ear? Will he return to Cleveland? Have the opinions of random Northeast Ohioans who have tenuous affiliations with the King reached a critical mass? Will Pat Riley pull off another miracle? Who else could the Cavs add? What if our hopes are dashed? We may know the answers later today.

For now, listen to us while you’re glued to your Twitter feed. We can be heard on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/0051-decision-eve-deja-vu-2014

Talking NBA with Dr. Jacob Loeffelholz – Sports Analyst

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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Dr. Jacob Loeffelholz is the Director of Perduco Sports.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times to talk hoops, analytics, fantasy sports, the Browns draft, etc etc.  He rubs elbows with the Daryl Moreys of the world each year at the Sloan Conference and has worked various problems as a consultant for a number of pro teams.  I wanted to get his take on the Cavs, the Finals, the upcoming draft, and to get a sense of how analysts scout the college game.  If you’ve got Wiggins/Parker debate syndrome you’ll find Jacob’s thoughts on what the Cavs should do at the 48 minute mark.

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https://soundcloud.com/tom-pestak-1/cavs-thepodcast-interview-with-jacob-loeffelholz

 Topics:

Podcast Introduction: 0:00-3:26

Jacob’s Background: 3:27-7:30

SportVu Data: 7:30 – 13:04

The NBA is a Business: 13:04 – 15:30

Are they reading blogs?: 15:30 – 16:50

Griff and the Cavs: 16:50 – 18:00

College Analytics: 18:00 – 29:18

Last Year’s Draft: 29:18 – 33:00

Kawhi and the Spurs: 33:00 – 48:00

This year’s draft for the Cavs: 48:00 – 1:02:20

Other guys in this year’s draft: 1:02:20 – 1:06:58

LeBron Sending a Message?: 1:06:58 – 1:11:20

Tom Bragging about his Fantasy Team: 1:11:20 – 1:12:27

 

The Paper that he references (the one that Mark Cuban read) can be found here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/145870374/Predicting-NBA-Games-Using-Neural-Networks

 

 

Cavs: the Podcast 0050 – New Coach, New Draft, Same Podcast

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

nba-draft_532x290_v3First – congrats on the entire C:tB team – we’ve reached 50 podcasts!  Thanks to all our listeners who have supported us over the last two (or three?) years.

Can you believe it – we’re a mere FOUR days from the 2014 NBA draft!  Embiid is injured, Blatt is the head coach, and no one (including the front office) has a clue WHAT to do with the number one overall pick.  Nate, Ben, and I do, though.  So we hopped on the line to discuss the new head coach hire, who the Cavs should draft (and whether or not they should trade the pick), what will happen to Embiid, and what other surprises the draft holds.

The podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0050-new-coach-new-draft-same-podcast

Cavs: The Podcast 0048: 2014 Finals Recap

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Are the 2014 Spurs the greatest team we’ve ever seen? After the Spurs victory, Tom and Nate hopped in the podcast booth to discuss the series. According to Tom, these Spurs are the greatest group of guys since Emilio Estevez coached the Mighty Ducks to the Minnesota state Pee Wee championship. San Antonio’s next task? Defeating world hunger in a seven game series. But seriously, the Spurs were pretty darned dominant. We talked about San Antonio, Manu, Timmy, Pop, Tony, and Kawhi and what this series means for the future of the NBA. How does it influence the Cavs draft, their coaching search, and where the members of the Heat end up playing next fall? Oh, and we decided that LeBron’s choice of where to play is no longer the most important NBA off-season news.

We can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0048-tom-and-nates-2014-finals-recap

or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Cavs: the Podcast 0048 – God Loves Cleveland

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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HOLY CRAP!  The good news still has not settled in.  And no, I’m clearly not talking about a certain owners daughter (who happens to, weirdly enough, share a name with me…Fate much?) being easy on the eyes.  For the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers are selecting number one.   WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!?!

I’m still jazzed about this.  I know Nate, Tom, and David are too.  Heck, I’m sure you are all as well.  So we all hopped on on the energency podcast line to discuss the pick, who it will be, who it won’t be, potential trades for the pick, and why the Cavaliers are, as always, going to somehow botch this.

As always, the podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0048-god-loves-cleveland

or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2

Cavs: the Podcast, Episode 47 – Jump on the Carousel

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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What a ride the last month has been! Does anyone want to throw up yet?

To abate our dizziness, Mallory, Tom, and Robert stepped in the studio last night to discuss the season, Mike Brown, Dan Gilbert, David Griffin, and the search for yet another new coach. When you run in circles, it only feels like deja vu.

The podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/cavs-the-podcast-0047-jump-on-the-carousel

or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cavs-the-podcast/id528149843?mt=2