From Distance: Face and Fashion of the Franchise

four point play….

1. Kevin Love has matured into a handsome man. Most NBA bigmen weren’t exactly lookers when they were 15, but Kevin Love’s transformation is rather comical. I’m happy for the big fella, or shall I say the svelte fella.

I frequently go back in time and tell my 14 year-old self that everything will be okay. You won’t always be so chubby, but enjoy that hair now, young man.

Kev can go back to his 22 year-old self and say, “you are going to be a legit GQ model. Not just the athlete, this might sell a few issues kind, but a full-fledged model model!”

While I already knew that Kevin has a contract with Banana Republic, I was somewhat surprised to learn that he also contributes as a clothes designer.

I’m sure full-time designers are scoffing at the notion that Love actually has any idea what he is doing, but I will give the guy the benefit of the doubt. To roughly paraphrase my man Mitch Hedberg, “you don’t need to farm in order to be able to cook.”

I’d be shocked if Kevin didn’t leave most, if not all, of the technical details to the pros as it pertains to sewing patterns and actual tailoring. That is fine by me. One ridiculous aspect of Project Runway is how much the show values time efficient building skill.

What’s the goal? Are we looking for amazing designs, or an ability to pull something off as quickly as possible?

Kevin places great emphasis on the materials of his line. He prefers a stretch cotton that can move with him and maintain a quality look despite many hours of travel.

Clearly, he doesn’t actually make the cotton, nor do the designers on Project Runway. At some point, we all must delegate a part of the process to people who can do a task better than we can.

Kevin might have plenty of help in producing his clothes, but the line is clearly his own. It is possible to lead a cause without completely dominating the lives of all involved.

2. For this reason, I am very encouraged that Love has hosted pre-draft workouts in Miami. While it can be seen as simply a remnant of LeBron’s Cavaliers, by hosting, Love displays a self-confidence in his ability to lead. (And that he really wants to play for the Heat! Just kidding. Man, I won’t miss that nonsense).

Everyone knows that Kevin is now the face of the franchise. It would be easy for a less secure person to attempt to erase previous traditions in an effort to show everyone how important he is. Instead, Kevin has continued his evolution as a person.

First, the physical aspects were made clear to the world. It’s hard to hide going from a chubby kid to a model. The less obvious evolution has also been taking place. Between his open dialogue on depression and this new take on leadership, Kevin is showing how he has matured and evolved on a human level.

The Cavs are lucky to have a man who seems to cherish collaboration as an aspect of his leadership. This could go very well.

Most of the roster has been down at the University of Miami gyms for the workouts. Notably absent are Ante Zizic, Tristan Thompson, and Cedi Osman.

3. The three Cavs will look to dominate the second round of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. I’m looking forward to seeing the work that Osman has put in this off-season.

I’ve mentioned a few times that Cedi’s left-handed dribble needs to improve in order for him to be the player he is capable of becoming. Osman will have a chance to display his dexterity for a Turkish squad that relies on his Pick and Roll play-making.

Zizic’s Croatian team is far more loaded with NBA talent, but it shouldn’t prevent the big man from dominating the glass and tossing soft hook-shots with either hand.

4. Cedi and Ante play today, but Tristan Thompson has already been at work. In Canada’s win over Brazil, Thompson went for a double-double notching 10 points and 12 rebounds in just under 30 minutes of game play.

TT might be the most interesting person of the three International players. He has spent the off-season working on his dribbling and shooting in an effort to become a more well-rounded offensive presence.

Unfortunately, in the action I saw, TT’s skill-set looked decidedly the same as it has over the last few years. Thompson coughed up the ball and missed all five of his free throws.

On the bright side, he didn’t seem to be moving as though he was underwater. Then again, Tristan did most of his damage against our old family member, Anderson Varejao. Andy looks like he has lost a step or nine as he wasn’t much of a match for Tristan in the open floor. Regardless, it’s nice to see Thompson look a little bouncy.

Kelly Olynyk also played. That guy.

Quickies:

Back on this side of the pond, Tom Thibodeau is actively trying to antagonize Jimmy Butler. Or at least, that is what one would think if one were to simply look at all the ex-Bulls that Thibs has brought to Minny.

Wasn’t Butler unhappy there with Derrick Rose and the gang? Or was that simply manufactured by the media?

I actually think Luol Deng isn’t a bad signing. It’s likely he has a little bit left in the tank as a 10th guy. But Derrick Rose? What are you doing, Thibs?

Russell Westbrook had a little cleanup knee surgery this week. That has to terrify the Thunder front office. Whether it is routine or not, it seems it would have made more sense to do this kind of a procedure a month or two ago.

Instead, it is clear that Russ had a flareup that precipitated the procedure. That giant contract is going to get really dicey as early as next season. Good luck, OKC.

It’s nice to officially have David Nwaba and Rodney Hood signed to the roster. I’m not expecting anything but empty stats from Rodney Hood. He disappointed me so much in the playoffs, he has a long way to go before I trust a single 20 point explosion.

Nwaba has a chance to be an interesting piece. If Ty Lue runs Nwaba with shooters, he can be a very functional defensive player while playing essentially as a power guard/forward on offense.

The Cavs will have Bonzi Colson, Scoochie Smith and Isaac Hamilton in training camp. While everyone was doing mental gymnastics during the summer league in an effort to convince themselves that Collin Sexton is good, Scoochie frequently outplayed the Cavs’ lottery pick.

I’m not saying I think Scoochie is good. I’m just saying that Sexton didn’t play much better. That is worrisome.

In more fun news, I’m all in on Bonzi Colson and his ridiculous wingspan. If David Dan Gilbert is a sucker for short point guards who can’t guard anyone, I’m a sucker for undersized post players who use their big behinds to boxout the world. And what a touch!

Here’s hoping his foot is completely healed. I want to watch me some Bonzi!

 

 

 

 

 

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NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 day 15 hours ago

“ENCHILADA ” WILLIAMS —HEADED OVERSEAS ——–CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY HE WAS NEVER ABLE TO STICK ON A TEAM—EVEN AS A SOLID BACK UP—-I THOUGHT HE PLAYED WELL AS A CAV / UNTIL TY COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT HIM —————-MIGHT BE MORE THAN THE GENERAL FAN KNOWS ABOUT

John B
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John B
1 day 6 hours ago

Tweener before the tweener era.

JRL
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JRL
1 day 8 hours ago

I’m not sure how he didn’t stick. Hopefully he gets a good career overseas.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 day 17 hours ago

so according to joe vardon –(take it for what it’s worth )—-HOOD wants to be a cav for a long time——question——if HOOD PUTS UP SOLID NIMBERS —17PPG / 6 RPG / 3 AST SPG —–BECOME AN AVG DEFENDER —–DO THE CAVS COME BACK NEXT YEAR –OFFER HIM 4 YRS @ 12-14 = A YEAR ?——YOUR THOUGHTS ?

CLF
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CLF
1 day 14 hours ago

Wouldn’t be mad about it at all. I think it’s encouraging to hear him say he wants to be a Cav. Hope his game reflects that.

JRL
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JRL
1 day 17 hours ago

I would.

Why would you/they not?

17/6/3 with solid defense is borderline all-star on the east.

John B
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John B
1 day 16 hours ago

I don’t ever see him doing that, but if he did become a solid defender and put up those numbers with a decent TS, sure that kind of production is well worth that with average defense.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 day 19 hours ago

agree 100% with west coast !!

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West coast cav
2 days 5 hours ago

Ben, I think you need to give Sexton some credit for having a decent summer league. He’s 19 man, he has a lot of room to grow, physically and mentally. He was a good student, he is a hard worker, he is a very good athlete and he’s a fearless competitor. Scoochie looks to be playing close to his ceiling, he’s athletically limited with layman skills . I didn’t watch every summer game, but Sexton looked to me to have something special.

Raoul
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Raoul
2 days 6 hours ago

I didn’t see COLEMAN become an all pro under belicheck’s system.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
2 days 9 hours ago

watch josh Gordon become all pro under belicheck’s system ———watch browns pick up COLEMAN who the patriots released …………………………….” and the beat goes on ………….and the beat goes on “

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
1 day 19 hours ago

It was never going to work out with the Browns. You just can’t trust that guy. They should have cut him years ago. Super talented yes. Horrible work ethic. For the Pats fans, they better hope he learns the routes.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
2 days 5 hours ago

And yet the Patriots got downside protection in the trade, while the Browns got no upside protection. If Gordon does turn into Randy Moss II with Brady, the Browns get nothing more in return.

CLF
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CLF
3 days 6 hours ago

Scoochie frequently outplayed Sexton this summer? That didn’t happen.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
2 days 19 hours ago

Yeah that’s a puzzling claim. Scoochie shot worse and only played 17 min a game compared to 29 for Sexton.

JRL
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JRL
2 days 22 hours ago

Thank you. I was trying to remember how/when that happened and couldn’t come up with an answer.

Jason
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Jason
2 days 10 hours ago

There was one game where Scootchie had a great game and ran the point thru crunch time.

One game at least.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
3 days 9 hours ago

can we just bring back ” LOU THE TOE GROZA ” —-EVEN IF HE IS DECEASED

Jason
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Jason
3 days 10 hours ago

Gonzalez has to get cut after this, yes? He misses 2 FGs and 2 PATs the week after getting a winning FG blocked. Last week the conditions were awful. Dome this week.

He hooked the first 3 and you just knew the last one was going to be wide right. It was like watching a bad FT shooter overcompensate instead of just shooting it.

John B
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John B
3 days 9 hours ago

I would find it unbelievable if he was still on the team next week. I am sure he will be the hardest on himself, but that just can’t happen for a team like the browns. I mean two extra points. Guys miss three field goals here and there but two extra points and two field goals. Oof.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
3 days 11 hours ago

Browns are funny. I don’t think the Indians or cavs were ever this bad for this long. They should make an NFL version of Major league to honor the hilarity that is Cleveland’s dying/contactable football franchise.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
3 days 8 hours ago

It’s pretty amazing, all three of our franchises have spent long stretches as the dregs of their respective leaguer

Jason
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Jason
3 days 9 hours ago

Depends on your definition of ‘bad’ is. Losing season? No playoffs? Under .400?

In terms of consecutive losing seasons:

Browns: 10. Current. Losing seasons in 18 of last 20 years. First consecutive lising seasins were ’74-’75. All time: 8 titles, 0.511 Win%.

Cavs: 9. 1978-’87. Of course, the league having to step in and give you draft picks after your owner trades them all away & passing a rule against anyone ever doing it again is pretty bad. All time: 1 title. 0.470 Win%.

Tribe = 7. 1987-’93. 1969-’75. Though some of those were close to .500. All time: 2 titles
0.511 Win%.

John B
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John B
3 days 9 hours ago

18 of 20 years would fit my definition. Especially considering all of those titles were prior to the merger. They had good teams in the 80s. This run of losing is truly legendary. Not just for the losing itself but the comedy of errors and questionable decisions along the way. Nfl is currently built to encourage parody and yet here we are.

Indians have at least been to the series a number of times which is never a small feat in baseball considering how unpredictable the playoffs are. Even more of a feat considering that baseball has no cap and they traditionally can’t spend like the powerhouses.

Cavs consecutive finals appearances are no joke and have field good to great teams fairly consistently since the 80s. Mark Price era. Fratello era. Obviously LBJ 1.0 and 2.0.

John B
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John B
3 days 9 hours ago

Sorry parity. Borwns are built to encourage parody.

Nate Smith
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2 days 16 hours ago

Lol

Jason
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Jason
3 days 10 hours ago

They are way better than the Bills or Lions. That TD on 4th was brilliant.

They got away from Hyde late (that end around was silly). And the kicker was awful. Pretty good other than that.

John B
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John B
3 days 9 hours ago

It wasn’t a terrible effort certainly minus special teams. Just the first two games this year seem like the most brownsian way to show they are improving. And they do look like they have improved. But still somehow results in no wins.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
3 days 11 hours ago

Contractable

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 days 13 hours ago

Browns need a new FG kicker!

Nate Smith
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3 days 12 hours ago

Among other things.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 days 10 hours ago

They’d be 2-0 if they had a legitimate punter.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 days 14 hours ago

FYI – David Gilbert is the President of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
3 days 21 hours ago

GO BUCKS—GOOD WIN DOWN IN THE STAE OF TEXAS!!!————-MIGHT BE MORE BEHIND THE SCENES THAT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT WITH GORDON/ AND UNDER LEAGUE RULES BROWNS CAN’T PUBLICLY SAY

Nate Smith
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4 days 6 hours ago

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
4 days 5 hours ago

The propensity for this team to just set assets on fire is astounding.

EvilGenius
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5 days 35 minutes ago

Okay, I’ve decided to actively root against Doncic now just for the fun of it since everyone seems so convinced he’s the second coming… ;)

I don’t care if this is irrational…

Jason
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Jason
3 days 10 hours ago

As long as you know you are being contrarian, feel free to proceed.

FWIW, I don’t think Doncic will out up huge #s. The Mavs have some scoring (Barnes, Smith, Dirk). But he will just do the right thing all the time.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
4 days 14 hours ago

I’ll help. I’m still convinced Dion will have his jersey retired by the Cavs some day so I’ll fit right in.

John B
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John B
4 days 17 hours ago

Hehe. Being a contrarian is sometimes necessary to avoid groupthink. I think Ayton could be better, but Doncic will be good.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
5 days 7 hours ago

IS IT JUST ME OR BONZI HAS –NO NECK—-NICKNAME ALREADY —“TURTLE “

NOMAD
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NOMAD
5 days 8 hours ago

JRL—STILL LAUGHING—–WE MUST BE TWINS !!

JRL
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JRL
5 days 8 hours ago

The resemblance between myself and K. Love is uncanny, that is if I was tall, white and handsome.

Nate Smith
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5 days 12 hours ago

This draft will go down for some absolute bone headed moves: everyone who didn’t want to move up to take Luka, the mind numbingly dumb move by the Sixers to trade mikal bridges, the Cavs trading their second first rounder, and locking themselves into Sexton when they could’ve had Brunson and Knox, Trae Young over anyone…

EvilGenius
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5 days 12 hours ago

I feel like the Luka hype train is set up to go off the rails… then again, I like being a contrarian…
The Mikal move was inexplicable since he seemed to be the perfect fit for Philly…

Jason
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Jason
5 days 4 hours ago

Did the 76ers get a first in that deal? If so, it is not so bad. But I really liked Mikal as a 3 & D guy.

Doncic is the best player in the draft by a long way in my view. We’ll see.

Big on Bonzi. I think he can play. If he turns into PJ Tucker I will love it.

Cavs: Hill, JR, Osman, Love, Nance; Sexton, Clarkson, Nwaba, Korver, Hood, Dekker, TT, Zizic, Frye.

Bonzi for #15. Scootchie & Preston on 2 ways.

Nate Smith
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5 days 6 hours ago

Ey wanted to clear cap room for LeBron, which wasn’t happening.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 days 12 hours ago

Second first rounder was the nance trade?

Nate Smith
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5 days 12 hours ago

Yes. And it was an absolute fleecing. The price of eating Jordan Clarkson’s contract should’ve been enough for nance.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 days 12 hours ago

And the Atlanta trading Doncic for young and protected future First was wild. Banking on young not being a bust and getting someone Like Zion or RJ Barrett next year.

Nate Smith
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5 days 12 hours ago

Doncic will be awesome.

Jason
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Jason
5 days 4 hours ago

Yep. And Dallas will be decent.

John B
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John B
5 days 10 hours ago

Could miraculously work out if young figures out how to finish over length and somehow they got a top three next year, but both are big ifs and I am not sure how much protection the pick has. If I had to guess, more than top three.

EvilGenius
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5 days 11 hours ago

Yeah, that #mambamentality should take him far…

Nate Smith
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5 days 6 hours ago

Two inches taller than Kobe.

John B
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John B
5 days 10 hours ago

After watching more of him I think he will be very very good and has zero chance of busting. Nether does Ayton, but it isn’t a big man era anymore. Otherwise Ayton is an automatic number one despite his possible motor and possible Towns like defensive trajectory. Obviously the sun’s still think he is. I think both will be good to great but Doncic is a point/wing so it ups his value in today’s game.

EvilGenius
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5 days 12 hours ago

Ben, I’ve been Tweeting all of your “poor man’s Darren Collison” takes on Sexton directly to the Young Bull himself in the hopes that they will motivate him… ;)

EvilGenius
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5 days 12 hours ago

He’s looking at you Ben…

EvilGenius
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5 days 12 hours ago

I want to know who this David Gilbert is… and why he’s a sucker for short point guards… ;)

Nate Smith
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5 days 12 hours ago

Dan gave himself a longer name to feel taller.

EvilGenius
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5 days 12 hours ago

Maybe it’s Dan’s alias… like when Johnny Manziel called himself “Billy” to be stealthy…

Nate Smith
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5 days 6 hours ago

Nothing beats Michel Vick’s alias: Ron Mexico

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worldbfree
1 day 18 hours ago

Carlos Danger (Anthony Weiner) is the GOAT.

EvilGenius
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5 days 39 minutes ago

Lol… so true. I even named an MLB The Show career mode guy Ron Mexico once…

Nate Smith
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5 days 12 hours ago

It’s not 100% fair to compare Scoochie to Collin. Sexton was working on specific things at specific times whole Scoochie is just trying to run the team and do everything well. Also, Scoochie looked… Below average… On defense.

Otherwise, great stuff. Can’t wait to see bonzi.

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NOMAD
5 days 13 hours ago

sorry simmo ; )—-will try to do a better job ;)—–am anxious to see a “HEALTHY ‘ BONZIE —see what he can bring to the table—-still am optimistic — he may be a ‘steal ‘ for the cavs –aka: billy preston

JOHN B
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JOHN B
5 days 15 hours ago

I am curious Ben. Where did you have Sexton in the draft? Were you lukewarm on him? Was there someone else who was still there at that pick you wanted or thought the cavs should have taken. I wasn’t super high on him, but ai didn’t dislike his game. Still not super high on him after what I saw specifically with regards to his wiggle going to the rim/vision in summer league. I think he can be good to great if he can improve that and get a jumper. I think his on ball defense could be very good.

I liked the pick though based off who was left. Wouldn’t have minded taking the guard from Villanova either. But out of the remaining guys, Sexton certainly wasn’t a reach in my opinion and based off draft scouting seemed to be a safe pick as far as consensus about where he should fall in the draft.

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NOMAD
5 days 17 hours ago

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Nate Smith
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5 days 6 hours ago

I’m brewing an alpha King clone tomorrow. I’ll get hops from you next batch I do.

Simmo
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Simmo
5 days 17 hours ago

How are we only just finding this out now Nomad? I feel like I don’t know you. ;)

JRL
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JRL
5 days 9 hours ago

Are you kidding me Nomad??? Why wouldn’t you have posted this information before???

Awesome!!!
Wishing you guys the best!!!

Simmo
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Simmo
5 days 18 hours ago

Ben, point 2 is everything. I loved his play for the majority of last season. I like the off-season signs we are seeing. He is evolving. If he can avoid serious injury, I think we could be in for quite a show.

Kelly Olynyk. . I feel better now.

Simmo
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Simmo
5 days 18 hours ago

“vomit” should have been in the middle of that last paragraph.

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Matt from Mentor
5 days 19 hours ago

Even with KLove putting up massive numbers in Minny, the team was lottery-bound in a loaded Western conference. If Love can return to late Minnesota form — or even 2016-17 Cleveland form — I don’t see why a five or six seed in the current Eastern conference wouldn’t be within reach.

On a related note, who is the 2nd most attractive person now on the Cavs roster? ;-)

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 19 hours ago

2nd most attractive? Gotta be Cedi. He’s dreamy…

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