Recap: New York 95, Cleveland 90 (or “In Northeast Ohio, Nothing is Given. Everything is Earned.”)

October 31st, 2014 by Nate Smith

The words from “The Letter” came back to haunt LeBron James and the Cavaliers in this game: a game that no one in Northeast Ohio thought the Cavs could lose. LeBron looked nervous. David Blatt looked overwhelmed. And the Cavs looked like they’d bought stock in the seriously ill-conceived “big three” narrative. Honestly, there could have been about a dozen more subtitles to this recap. Examples include: “Andrew Wiggins would have blocked that shot,” “LeBron has terrible games too,” “Defense matters,” “That crowd sucked,” “Go back to Hollywood, Biebs,” or “Oh that’s right, Carmelo Anthony’s pretty good.” Ultimately though, the Knicks just played with more energy, intelligence, and focus. The energy that had infused the entirety of the city of Cleveland throughout the day seemed to drain the Cavs instead of fuel them.

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Live Thread: Cavs Vs. Knicks (or, The Homecoming Game)

October 30th, 2014 by David Wood

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In less than twenty minutes, the Cavs take the court for their first regular season game with LeBron James in uniform since 2010. It’s against the already struggling Knicks and will be a great opportunity for LeBron to start the season off right by giving Cleveland a decisive win. This is The King’s first step towards becoming the hometown hero he longs to be. Post your thoughts about the pre-game festivities, The Humongotron, The Chalk Toss, and, most importantly, LeBron’s homecoming game. This is the start of a magical season. GO CAVS!

Together

October 30th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

The new LeBron James billboard is being slowly unveiled.  The name on the back of LeBron’s jersey is finally visible.

 

Picture courtesy of the Plain Dealer's Twitter account

Picture courtesy of the Plain Dealer’s Twitter account

Additionally, LeBron just tweeted out his brand new Nike ad.  I might just play this on a loop for a few weeks.  Between The Essay and now this, LeBron has wrapped his arms around the region and is bringing us together.  And for that I can only say thank you.

It’s time.

Cavs: the Podcast 0056 – EMOTIONS!!!

October 30th, 2014 by Mallory Factor II

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But seriously, the day has arrived.  After years of speculation, months of discussion, and 15 weeks of pure excitement (not to mention a zillion emails with John, Kevin, Colin, Tom, Nate, Dani, David, Ben, and anyone else I’m forgetting…sorry), the season kick-off has finally arrived.  Tonight, and really today, all eyes will be on Cleveland…Include JT’s, apparently.

All of this, of course, can make a person a little emotional.  What better way to get those pent up feelings out, then hop on the podcast line.  Tom, Nate, David, and I discussed the emotions that will come from the first Cleveland Cavaliers home game, what we plan on doing for the game, what we’ve witnessed from the first two days of NBA basketball, and how we think this season will unfold.  And of course, beer.

Don’t worry guys, I’ll try not to cry.

As always, the podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0056-emotions

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

On the Same Page, Again

October 29th, 2014 by David Wood

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Dan Gilbert and LeBron James are officially on the same page again according to the the press conference from earlier today. Actually, everything and everyone in the organization is on the same super positive, happy, and cooperative page. Gilbert commented on David Blatt, LeBron James, and David Griffin as he fielded questions from reporters for about twenty minutes. It was an opportunity for Cavs fans to see an owner on the podium that has clearly gone through as many emotions as they have during the time since James’ departure. It was an opportunity to see a man that has grown immensely since publishing a rage inspired letter.

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5 on 5: 2014 Tipoff

October 29th, 2014 by Nate Smith

One more day! The NBA tipped off last night, and the Cavs tip off tomorrow. Our summer of waiting is almost over. In that spirit, we asked five Cavs the Bloggers to answer five questions about what this team will look like to start the season.

Tipoff is Thursday! What are you most excited about as the Cavs open the regular season?

Cory Hughey:  I look forward to the inverse of LeBron’s first return to Cleveland with Miami. The emotion will gather like condensation on the outside of a cold beer mug. For those fortunate enough to be there, they will share a two-hour moment that transcends normal consciousness with 20,000 strangers. Instead of venom, there will be love. Instead of Samardo Samuels there will be Kevin Love.

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Fantasy Notebook: The Autodraft Hangover

October 28th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Yes, yes, I know; autodraft is a cruel mistress. It’s a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. It’s a lightning rod for venomous hyperbole. It is the cruel thumb of fate made all too real as it presses down to take from each of us any hope for individual agency, much less the occasional hollow victory. It may not be the most satisfying version of fantasy basketball but, as the saying goes, it’s the version of fantasy basketball that we have. Well, here at Cavs: The Fantasy League, at least.

Each of the twelve staunch and ready participants in the inaugural CtFL went to bed last night (except for Ben, who was probably just waking up) with dreams of sugar plums and LeBron James dancing in their heads, only to wake up faced with, in the immortal words of Mallory Factor, “DeMarcus Cousins and a pile of poo.”

Mr. Irrelevant, the final player taken in the autodraft, was former Cav C.J. Miles, who wound up on Team PESTAK.

And… well, full disclosure, yours truly wound up with the randomly generated (for serious!) first pick and the auto-LeBron selection. So… well… you know… that worked out.

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Southwest Division Preview

October 28th, 2014 by Cory Hughey

Editor’s note: This is the final installment in our series of Division Previews for 2014. In case you missed them, here are the previews for the Atlantic, Southeast, Central, Pacific, and Northwest divisions.

The Southwest is the best division in the league. There’s not even close second. Last season, the division posted a combined 249 – 161 record (.607), besting the second place Northwest by a ridiculous 35 wins. The defending champion San Antonio Spurs reside here along with their playoff peers from last season in Houston, Dallas and Memphis. New Orleans, the runt of the division, isn’t too far from the playoffs themselves. The battle for divisional supremacy spilled off the court this summer, as three significant players changed teams within the division.

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Thompson Talks

October 27th, 2014 by David Wood

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Talks with Tristan Thompson about a contract extension before the Halloween deadline have stalled according to ESPN and Brian Windhorst. The talks represent more than keeping the “big man who specializes in offensive rebounding.”

Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and James’ agent and business partner Rich Paul, who has worked with Thompson since he was drafted in 2011.

Both league executives and agents are closely watching how the Thompson talks play out as a gauge for how involved James is making himself in the team’s front-office moves. James signed a one-year contract with a second-year player option over the summer to try to take advantage of a rising salary cap. But it had the ancillary effect of keeping the team a little uncomfortable about the future.

If Tristan isn’t re-signed, it will allow people to comfortably say LeBron is not performing as quasi general manager for the Cavs. If TT is re-signed, people will speculate about what influence The King had on the decision to re-up him and the resulting contract. Gossip will be inevitable. Read the rest of this entry »

Paying off a Bet; Throwing Down a Gauntlet

October 27th, 2014 by Nate Smith

So Tom Pestak and I made a bet last spring on whether the Cavs would make the playoffs. I lost. The stakes? An embarrassing video. I tried to duck him for months, but he finally threatened to beat me with a mini-golf putter unless I paid up. So here it is, a re-enactment of an infamous moment in Cavs history. Little does Tom know, I’m using this as an opportunity to test his Cavs faith.

Here’s video of the classic David Wesley layup, just so you can compare.

So as if the Cavs didn’t have enough motivation to bring a championship to Cleveland, now they have to worry about me having a heart attack if they don’t. Go Cavs, and Happy Halloween!