2014 NBA Draft Live Blog

June 26th, 2014 by Mallory Factor II

Mallory and Nate will be consuming craft beer (drink responsibly) and live blogging the 2014 NBA draft.  #GoCavs

Holy cow!  I’m late.  A long trip to New Jersey to get some Great Lakes (I swear) has resulted in me being late.  But HOLY MOLY ANDREW WIGGINS!   Thoughts?

2nd Pick is (no surprise) Anth…errr Jabari Parker.  What do you guys think?  Perfect fit?  I’m glad he’s near home, at least?  Who should Philly pick?

Nate: Mallory, So I’m drinking Fat Head’s Sunshine Daydream Session ale.  You?

Mallory: I’m freezing some GLBC Wright Pils.  Lets hope it’s cold in time for me to make fun of LA.

3rd Pick is…JOEL EMBIID!  Nate is probably excited about this, because he loves broken down centers (which there are now two of in Philly…)

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Countdown…

June 26th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Some observations from the floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft:

•Still a lot of conflicting reports about the Cavs intentions with the first pick. Andy Katz tweeted that the team had decided who they would pick but was still deciding if they’d keep the pick. A lot of other people have been telling me that they’re hearing that the pick’s staying put. A lot could change in the next 30 minutes, but the smart money (which, for the record, I have never had enough of to either make more or lose it all) is on the Cavs decision makers being “unified” on who they are going to pick … unless someone blows them away.

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CtB 2014 Mock Draft

June 26th, 2014 by Nate Smith

Who doesn’t love a mock draft? At this point, we’ve all read dozens. Why not one more!? CtB’s mock now has 25% more mocking! For the first pick, we all got together and voted, and then we went by order of seniority to pick everyone else in a classic snake draft. Riveting, right? Aside from the 18 trades that will happen, tonight, we’re sure this is exactly how it will play out.

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The Point Four-ward: Spoken Words Edition

June 25th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Sights and sounds from the NBA Draft media session at the Westin Hotel in Times Square:

Each year, the day before the draft, the NBA does its best Jaws impression, taking its top prospects — as if by the bucketful — and dumping them into the blogger-bloodied water to be picked clean of everything from how they felt they were utilized in their college offense to their favorite video game to play (spoiler: it’s almost always “Call of Duty”). This is the one time of year where these elite athletes will watch us perform. They are ushered into a hotel conference room 8-10 at a time, shown to a small round table bearing their name — time for a deep breath, maybe a count to ten — and then it’s all arms, microphones, shouts for their attention and just a general jostling for position as every media member tries to get his/her question in and still have time to hit all the other tables. Good journalism, it seems, makes for bad manners.

Welcome to the NBA, gentlemen. We will continue to behave like this.

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Links to the Present: Introducing David Blatt… & Dante Exum?

June 25th, 2014 by Nate Smith

First off, our own Robert Attenweiler wrote a fantastic piece this morning for our parent TrueHoop network, “Wait for the drop,” which compared being a Cavs fan over the last few years to riding the Demon Drop at Cedar point, except without “the part that sounds like any fun.”

When most fan bases would be ecstatic to win the top pick in arguably the most stocked draft in years, it’s not a shock that Cleveland fans, rather than high-fiving their way toward a rack of Andrew Wiggins jerseys, found themselves stuck in a moment of anxiety-riddled silence before finally muttering to their friends, “They’d better not screw this up.”…

Secondly, former CtBer, Kevin Hetrick, gives us his “Big Board,” over on GotBuckets. Picks 31-45, and 30-20 are already up with more to come (we hope).

As if that weren’t enough, the Cavaliers held a press conference this afternoon to introduce David Blatt as Head Coach. Watch it here, and check out the quotable bullets below.

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Talking NBA with Dr. Jacob Loeffelholz – Sports Analyst

June 25th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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Dr. Jacob Loeffelholz is the Director of Perduco Sports.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times to talk hoops, analytics, fantasy sports, the Browns draft, etc etc.  He rubs elbows with the Daryl Moreys of the world each year at the Sloan Conference and has worked various problems as a consultant for a number of pro teams.  I wanted to get his take on the Cavs, the Finals, the upcoming draft, and to get a sense of how analysts scout the college game.  If you’ve got Wiggins/Parker debate syndrome you’ll find Jacob’s thoughts on what the Cavs should do at the 48 minute mark.

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https://soundcloud.com/tom-pestak-1/cavs-thepodcast-interview-with-jacob-loeffelholz

 Topics:

Podcast Introduction: 0:00-3:26

Jacob’s Background: 3:27-7:30

SportVu Data: 7:30 – 13:04

The NBA is a Business: 13:04 – 15:30

Are they reading blogs?: 15:30 – 16:50

Griff and the Cavs: 16:50 – 18:00

College Analytics: 18:00 – 29:18

Last Year’s Draft: 29:18 – 33:00

Kawhi and the Spurs: 33:00 – 48:00

This year’s draft for the Cavs: 48:00 – 1:02:20

Other guys in this year’s draft: 1:02:20 – 1:06:58

LeBron Sending a Message?: 1:06:58 – 1:11:20

Tom Bragging about his Fantasy Team: 1:11:20 – 1:12:27

 

The Paper that he references (the one that Mark Cuban read) can be found here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/145870374/Predicting-NBA-Games-Using-Neural-Networks

 

 

6 Deep: Coming into Focus

June 24th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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1.) Your favorite NBA finals moment was?

Tom: Ginobili’s dunk on Bosh.  Had I been in San Antonio I would have rushed the court.  Before security could get to me I’d have run up to Bosh to say “good job, good effort!”  I’d do LeBron’s push-up dance as I was being hauled off.  Maybe sneak an elbow to the nuts on Ray Ray in revenge for Varejao.  #neverforget

Ben: Manu’s leap-back 3 (steps don’t cover 8 feet) with the crowd already delirious from his Throwback-Throwdown. As I was still bouncing around from the dunk, I just started giggling when I saw him gather his footwork. There are some shots that you just know are going in.

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Cavs nab Tyronn Lue too!

June 23rd, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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Wow – things certainly change quickly in the NBA.

Not even a week ago I listened to a podcast where Brian Windhorst explained to Tony Rizzo that the Cavs reputation “is mud” and that Gilbert is trying to “buy credibility”.

And now the Cavs have hired David Blatt – and the search continues for a single human being that will say even one remotely not-positive thing about him.  During the coaching search the Cavs were said to be very fond of Tyronn Lue, assistant under Doc Rivers in Boston and LAC.  Well, after Blatt was hired I think we all assumed it ruled out guys like Lue – after all why would they want to leave one assistant job for another?

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/clippers-assistant-tyronn-lue-to-become-cavs-associate-head-coach-181128579.html

Well, Lue just left LaLa land – and is taking the position of “Associate Head Coach” in Cleveland.  Seems to mean he’s the top assistant working alongside Blatt.  He has apparently been in talks with David Blatt for some time, per Woj.

Cleveland – a DESTINATION FRANCHISE.

Cavs: the Podcast 0050 – New Coach, New Draft, Same Podcast

June 23rd, 2014 by Mallory Factor II

nba-draft_532x290_v3First – congrats on the entire C:tB team – we’ve reached 50 podcasts!  Thanks to all our listeners who have supported us over the last two (or three?) years.

Can you believe it – we’re a mere FOUR days from the 2014 NBA draft!  Embiid is injured, Blatt is the head coach, and no one (including the front office) has a clue WHAT to do with the number one overall pick.  Nate, Ben, and I do, though.  So we hopped on the line to discuss the new head coach hire, who the Cavs should draft (and whether or not they should trade the pick), what will happen to Embiid, and what other surprises the draft holds.

The podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0050-new-coach-new-draft-same-podcast

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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