Arise, Blatt-imus Prime!

June 20th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

TheTransformersTheMoviemkv_snapshot_011701_20130424_201541The Cavaliers five-week long coaching search finally came to an end Thursday with the team offering the position to former Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach, David Blatt. An agreement has not yet been reached, but is expected soon.

General Manager, David Griffin, and Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, were pressed to make a decision Thursday before Blatt could meet with the Golden State Warriors, who were interested in bringing Blatt aboard as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant. Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach, Tyronn Lue, also impressed the Cavs in his two interviews with the team and was reported to be the other front-runner for the job. But, in the end, the Cavs chose Blatt, who will become the first coach to go directly from coaching overseas to a head coaching job in the NBA.

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Breaking: Cavs Zeroing in on David Blatt

June 19th, 2014 by Nate Smith

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.

Euroleague icon David Blatt has emerged as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ choice to become head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports on Thursday.

Contract discussions are expected to begin soon and could result in a deal, league sources said…

The field had been narrowed to Tyron Lue and Blatt, and Dan Gilbert and David Griffin reportedly chose Blatt. David Blatt has coached in Russia, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and most recently at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Blatt coached Maccabi to an upset over Spain in the 2014 Euroleague championship, and also guided Russia to a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics. We will report more news as it becomes available.

Links to the Present: OH NO! Edition

June 19th, 2014 by David Wood

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The Cavs’ pending decision of who to draft with the number one pick may have gotten easier.  Joel Embiid has suffered a foot injury.  Jeff Goodman at ESPN broke the story.

“He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN’s Andy Katz by phone Thursday. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”

One source told ESPN.com that Embiid “may have broken” his foot, but Tellem wouldn’t speculate on the seriousness of the injury until he had heard back from doctors. Tellem also said it was unlikely he would be doing any more workouts before the draft, which is June 26.

Embiid seemed to be the probable number pick up until now.  Chad Ford even mocked him to the Cavs after a supposedly stellar workout.  Regardless of how good the workout went, the previous injury concerns, although they were back injuries, are now the only thing I can think about.  I’ll be talking myself into Andrew Wiggins if this injury is something very serious.  Read the rest of this entry »

Links to the Present: Best Around Edition — Updated w/ more Parker & Wiggins

June 18th, 2014 by David Wood

Russia's head coach Blatt celebrates victory against Brazil after the men's preliminary round Group B basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

The Cavs have been conducting an intense investigation to find the best coach.  The search has taken them all the way from Los Angeles, Tyron Lue, to Israel, David Blatt.  They’ve covered the whole spectrum of expierence too.  Lue has never been a head coach, while Blatt has been a head coach, just not in the NBA.  However, Blatt is a winner if you hold the Israel league, the Israeli Cup, and the Euroleague championships in high esteem.  He won all of those this past season.

David Blatt is going to be fresh on Dan Gilbert’s mind after today because Blatt is having his first face-to-face meeting with the Cavs.  Bob Finnan reports on the situation.

David Blatt, 55, ex-coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv. He’s scheduled to make his second interview and first face-to-face meeting with Griffin and Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert on June 18. Read the rest of this entry »

Cavs: The Podcast 0048: 2014 Finals Recap

June 16th, 2014 by Nate Smith

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

If There is No parade, I’m Out!

June 16th, 2014 by Ben Werth

LeBron is now  2-3 in Finals appearances. When discussing the Heat’s attempt to claw back from a 3-1 series deficit to the San Antonio Spurs, James made the normal “Why not us?”  argument. What followed was both strange and emblematic of a prevailing attitude toward playoff competition.

I’m not sure exactly when it became normal, but there is a sentiment in today’s culture that is neatly summed up by LeBron’s subsequent quote: “I’d rather get my two months off.” Basically, LeBron would rather miss the playoffs completely than lose in the NBA Finals.

What?

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The Point Four-ward: Coaching Search A-Go-Go

June 13th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) If, as reported, the Cavs have interest in Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach, David Blatt, then this past Wednesday was an important day. June 11th marked the end of Maccabi Electra’s season where they lost to Maccabi Haifa 84-82, but still won the club’s 51st Israeli League championship on account of winning the first of two Finals games with Haifa by four points.

I’ll repeat: they lost the game, but still won the championship.

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More Links to the Present: Big Love Edition

June 12th, 2014 by Nate Smith

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Kevin Love in USA Today’s thebiglead. “I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all. They have a great young foundation.” Let the world of Cavs fandom turn on its axis. Let the Cleveland media hysteria commence. Let Mallory read this article and have a five minute conversation with the life sized Kevin Love Fathead on his wall and, then, pen a sonnet… Jason McIntyre (interviewer) has rocked our worlds. If you don’t think KLove enjoys teasing everyone à la LeBron James circa 2009, then I have a social media IPO I’d like you to invest in.

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Links to the Present: Coaching Search

June 12th, 2014 by David Wood

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The Cavs coach search is still going on, and it seems like there isn’t a clear cut favorite for the position. New candidates are being added almost daily.  Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports is reporting that Nate McMillan, a Pacers assistant coach and former head coach of the Blazers and Supersonics, has been talked about as a possible coach for the Cavs.

Being that the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams currently without a head coach, I think it’s safe to speculate that they inquired about McMillan.

Haynes reached his conclusion about Nate because the league said there had been contact with the Pacers about him interviewing with teams.  The Cavs and Lakers are the only teams still without a coach.

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Joel Embiid: From Cameroon to Number One Pick

June 11th, 2014 by David Wood

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Joel Embiid is a freak physically who had decent stats in college.  His freshman year matches up pretty well with Tim Duncan’s freshman year.  Those are just numbers though.  There have been plenty of busts that had wonderful college box scores and amazing bodies.  What is important is what actual skills Embiid has that can be seen, not just measured.  So, I deal with the numbers and what is being witnessed separately.  Luckily for Joel, he appears legitimate when you read his box scores and witness him play.

In the Raw

Joel Embiid is a 7’0,” 240 pounds and sports a 7’5” wing span.  Embiid grew up in Cameroon playing soccer and volleyball. He’s only twenty years old and has been playing basketball since 2011.  His path to America through basketball is unique, but his path to actually playing basketball was the same as most people his height.  He was pulled to a basketball camp just because of the chance he may become good.

The camp was led by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and the NBA player immediately saw that Embiid had amazing moves for someone who had never played organized basketball.  Mbah a Moute eventually talked Embiid’s father into sending him to the Montverde Academy in Flordia to play basketball.  However, Embiid didn’t see playing time during his junior year, so he transferred to the Rock School, also in Florida.  Mbah a Moute called the Rock school on Embiid’s behalf to get him a spot on the team.

Kansas assistant coach and former Florida native, Norm Roberts, brought the big kid to the attention of Kansas head coach, Bill Self.  Self watched Embiid practice and concluded he could be a dominant force and a future number one pick.

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