Cavs: the Podcast 0052 – King Me!

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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

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Josh
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Josh
4 years 6 months ago

Isn’t this the same website that ran a three part series called “Why I Want LeBron to Fail”?

steeg
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steeg
4 years 6 months ago

Ima start the love talk here I want him but he is not worth losing wiggins over now before y’all yell about that listen wiggins is a better value than love in regard to contracts and skill combined now that doesn’t mean dont get love I want him I just want irving wiggins lebron and love to be a fearsome foursome (yes I took that from the rams on draft night) I think with waiters tt and bennett something could be done especially with the 3 first we have next year but I would like to keep bennett because I think with love being there he can teach and mentor him and they play similar just love is successful but I think bennet is going to show a lot of improvement but ill get rid of him too and we have Hayward who we will prob keep for his contract but hey ill lose any of those for love but not wiggins I think if too much is needed just wait one year and sign him in free agency next year

Charlie E
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Charlie E
4 years 6 months ago

Finally finished listening to the whole Podcast. Great comments at the end about LeBron’s minutes (and Andy’s), the feisty annoying defense line-up, and the three best point guards.

My prediction: 56 wins, come on strong in the playoffs and lose Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 50/50 chance of mid-season trade for Kevin Love.

Tom Pestak
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4 years 6 months ago
Charlie E
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Charlie E
4 years 6 months ago

It’s kind of funny that we all found out such an emotional thing at the office, surrounded in many cases by co-workers with only a passing interest in the NBA, and none at all in the affairs of Cleveland.

When I found out I read the article, then booked out of the office and wandered around alone with tears streaming down my face. I will say that I come from a family of weepers. I’m just so happy about the whole thing, and nobody’s gonna bring me down.

I do think the window to win may be sooner than people think. I think the West will come back to earth. The Spurs are going to sag quickly, I think. They pushed themselves so hard this year, I just don’t think they can come close to that again. I’d put my money on OKC.

Looking further down the road, a lot of talent came into the league with this draft. In 2-3 years its going to start having a real effect on things.

Raoul
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Raoul
4 years 6 months ago

That is a good point about the Spurs. It is amazing that they have been near the top for so long (and full credit for those that made it happen), but it really looks like it cannot last much longer. As far as the West being much tougher, it is certainly true, but historically, things swing back and forth between which side is better. On the one hand, several big west teams could fall fast: SA and Dallas are old, and I think the Rockets will be lucky to win the first round next year. Bosh might have made a difference, but I think he knew something: Dwight ain’t right, and Harden is a no D chucker. Not a winning formula, they are going nowhere. If OKC could pick up a couple pieces, they might dominate for a while, but they are starting to look iffy. And there are several teams on the way up, lead by the Clippers. But, most teams on the way up only get so far up. We will see.

Kevin
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Kevin
4 years 6 months ago

Apparently Mike Miller isn’t going to come to Cleveland because of his wife, per Amico. Why does everyone think Cleveland is a third world country? It’s ridiculous.

Raoul
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Raoul
4 years 6 months ago

Anyone have a report on today’s summer league game?

nomad
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nomad
4 years 6 months ago

a key this year could be the ” new ” Bennett — has looked very good so far this year —–believe the lost weight/ conditioning / confidence and this new coaching staff ——you will see a solid nba player that will contribute

James
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James
4 years 6 months ago
I honestly think the league (and fans) as a whole (me included) got all caught up in the “era of big threes”. Obviously Miami were a juggernaut these past 4 years (in the east but whatever) but even though they made 4 finals they were lucky to not go 1-3. The current San Antonio side, the Dallas side before that, the Boston and Lakers sides before them didn’t have a big 3, they had star players surrounded by a superb supporting cast. The winning Miami teams won because of the supporting cast – not simply the fact that they had 3 great players. LeBron and Kyrie could both be top 10 players next season. Build a cast (not add another star) around them and we will win a title for sure. Although Love is a good player, the biggest problem our big 3 would have (ignoring the fact that 2 of them can barely defend) is that none have (will) take a discount to enable cap flexibility. We would literally have those 3 and a bunch of scrubs. Teams like the spurs isolate those scrubs and destroy you. Sign Allen and Miller for more veteran presence. Head into next year… Read more »
Gordon
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Gordon
4 years 6 months ago

Agree for the most part, but Boston sure as hell had a “Big 3” when they won it. Garnett, Pierce, and Allen? Rondo was not a force at that point…

James
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James
4 years 6 months ago

True, but I’d argue that Rondo was a good 4th player which we would have no chance of affording with three true max deals. In 2 years time (when Irving gets taken to the all star game for the 4th time) his contract will balloon too. It’s not financially feasible to have all 3 and any sort of a cast.

Peter Welsh
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Peter Welsh
4 years 6 months ago

Can’t agree with you more…especially if we are able to draft wisely and continue having quality underpaid players tied to the club for 4+ seasons so they have time to develop and buy in…

Raoul
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Raoul
4 years 6 months ago
Totally agree. Furthermore, although the new “older, wiser” LeBron wisely stated that winning a championship will be a long process, I have no doubt that he really thinks they have a good shot at the finals even this year. And I also totally agree with this. It is perhaps optimistic, but by no means crazy, to hope for: 1. Blatt is an excellent coach. Chalk-wise, there is no doubt. The main question coming in is if he can relate to modern NBA players and get the best from the young guys. With Lue and LeBron in the house, everyone will be giving 120%. 2. Thompson can get back to being a double-double machine in limited minutes. This will be his second year as a right hander. BTW, for those proposing trades with TT, I doubt it. He is LeBron’s pal and a Rich client. 3. Bennett can turn out to be real good. Sure looks like he is on the right track in summer league. 4. Wiggins is super. 5. Delly continues to improve. 6. One or more of the other rookies, second year player, or walkons, turns out to be really good. Next point: Who in the East is… Read more »
John
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John
4 years 6 months ago

Raoul. it really isn’t that ludicrous since there are plenty of stars who become free agents just to force managements hand. I think the sports world is so jaded by the average athlete’s chase for the most money that it really is hard to comprehend LeBron being that way, especially after The Decision. It is easy to forget the Tim Duncans and Dirk Nowitzkies and their love of a team and an area because so many players are just mercenaries.

LeBron has grown up. Sports media has not.

Raoul
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Raoul
4 years 6 months ago

I disagree: LeBron already has all the clout in the world. It wasn’t that Riley didn’t want to get any players, they were hamstrung by the three big contracts, and had zero wiggle room. BTW, that is the problem with signing Love: even if they keep Wiggins, they will have no one else.

John
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John
4 years 6 months ago

LeBron *not* being that way …

Raoul
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Raoul
4 years 6 months ago

nomad is right, the national media truly loves belittling Cleveland. It is not our imagination.

For example, last Sunday I was driving back to Southern Ohio from Cleveland, and I happened to catch the Bobby V show on ESPN. He had three experts on to discuss where LeBron was going, about a 15 minute segment. Cleveland was not even mentioned once. This despite widespread reports that LeBron was going to the Cavs. None of them thought that was worth mentioning, and Bobby V did not call them on it. One guy was a former NBA coach (forgot who), and another I think was named Amar Hussan (or something like that). This guys rap was totally insane. He said LeBron was of course going back to Miami, and being a FA was all about clout, and the entire thing was a stunt to force Riley to get some better players. That was the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard on ESPN, which sets a pretty high bar for nonsense. If I was the host of that radio show, I would have called security and had him thrown out for being an idiot.

nomad
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nomad
4 years 6 months ago

1 other thing ( and it has already started ) the national media has already starting to write about LeBron’s 2 yr contract ( how he can opt out after 1st yr/ 2nd yr —–they just love messing with Clevelanders emotions )—-hopefully WE —-FANS / TEAMMATES / OWNERS AND ESPECIALLY LEBRON DON’T BUY INTO THIS HYPE/ GARBAGE —–AND FORCE US TO PANIC/ BE STUPID AND NOT TRULY ENJOY HIS COMING HOME AND THIS YOUNG EXCITING TEAM / COACHES !!

James
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James
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah I’m not all worried about the contract (and neither are the intelligent writers out there such as Lowe). It’s all just to set himself up for a mega-max deal when the cap rises significantly.

You can’t write what he has just written and then leave after one or two years.

nomad
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nomad
4 years 6 months ago
nate call me ” mushy ” I am also guilty of tearing up—it was like viewing one of your own children maturing to manhood / becoming an adult and really realizing that although sports championships are great there are more important things in life —–just enjoying / living where you are most confortable –around the people / area where you really want to be —putting your family first ( I think they all wanted to be here also )—-HERE IS ADVICE FOR LEBRON AND ALL OF US CLEVELAND FANS ( DO WE WANT TO PURSUE A CHAMPIONSHIP—–HELLL YES–THAT IS-THE GOAL OF ANY ATHLETE )—LET’S NOT PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON LEBRON/ CAVS / OURSELVES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS—LET US ALL REALLY ENJOY THIS RIDE TOGETHER AND CHERISH EVERYTIME WE GET TO SEE LEBRON AND HIS TEAMMATES PERFORM AT THE “Q”—–I AM BRINGING MY HIGHSCHOOL TEAM TO PLAY UP THERE NEXT YEAR BEFORE A CAVS GAME —WE ARE EXCITED BEYOND WORDS—-
AtlantaRob
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AtlantaRob
4 years 6 months ago

I love the logo!

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