Drawings from the Notebook of Chris Grant, (episode two):

May 22nd, 2011 by Ryan Braun

Hello again Cavs fans!

We’re back again for week two of the imitable series, Drawings from the Notebook of Chris Grant, and this week I brought the goodies.

First off: A tribute to Nick Gilbert, whose exploits this week have been well documented.

What’s not to like? Potentially that this is the second week in a row I’ve stuck a high profile Cav onto the preeminent staple of the LeBron advertising campaign…but I like to think that it’s an act of usurpation (I absolutely looked up that word) rather than remembrance.

Also, I wanted to try my hand at architectural and/or banner design. (Let’s just say that if I built it house it would fall, and if I designed a banner it would, um…go off the side of the page.)

We can argue semantics about the relative weakness of the draft (I think Mo and Kevin have been doing a good job of arguing to the contrary), but it is strong at the top (the very top), and that’s where we are.

Kyrie Irving is a player, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to land someone of note at number four as well. (And if we’re lucky lucky, maybe we can pop back in around 8 or 9 and land Leonard or Singleton too. I’m an optimist.) That’s an incredible start for a rebuilding franchise, and really, an incredible start in rebuilding the image of the Cavaliers into something more positive than “the team that LeBron left and whose owner subsequently flipped out.”

Tuesday night was a good night, and hopefully the foundation for many a good night to come.

Three more little trinkets before I’m off until next Sunday:

1. I was so totally won over by Nick Gilbert that I had my friend (the inimitable and mysterious AJS, who colored everything I’m posting here today and who made the banner below) Photoshop together an actual Nick Gilbert “What’s Not To Like?” banner.

2. Should you be the type of person who likes to print out all your internet readings and compile them into some sort of self-manufactured book-type-binder…I made you a Drawings from the Notebook of Chris Grant bookmark. In no way was it a picture I messed up width-wise and then converted into a bookmark.

3. And lastly, the following is a candid photo taken by my brother’s girlfriend of my brother and me watching the lottery. It was taken between picks 4 and 1. We were both nervous, but apparently I’m the only one for whom that manifests itself in the stance of a six-year-old girl.

What can you do…

Thanks for reading everyone! See you next week!

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