From Distance: Face and Fashion of the Franchise

2018-09-14

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,…

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From Distance: In a Roundabout Way

2018-08-31

four point play…. 1. Tunisia loves its roundabouts. Like much of the non-US world, Tunisia eschews the American style four way stop in favor of the occasionally frustrating wheel of driving “fun”. While engineers have focused on overall rule clarity, volume, and safety when comparing the two systems, it seems one crucial point has been lacking in their data input. Smart Phone use! I know, I know. One shouldn’t text…

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Tonight’s Starting Lineup For Your Cleveland Cavaliers….

2018-08-30

Well, here we are in the dog days of summer as we wait for the return of NBA basketball. Most of us have been taking a needed reprieve from the often exhausting journey that was the LeBron 2.0 era. In a lot of ways, it feels like I needed this break as much as the players did. I’ve been recharging my fandom and my meter is almost back to full….

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Summer League Recap: Cleveland 93, Indiana 88 (Or, Return of the Cedi)

2018-07-10

The force is strong with this one! Cedi Osman returned to action for the Cavs’ Summer Leaguers Monday afternoon and looked like a Jedi master. Won’t Ante Zizic out for rest, Cedi scored 25 on 18 shots and added six dimes and six boards in 31 minutes, plus a block and a steal. He looked, dare-I-say LeBron-esque the the way he controlled the game down the stretch: isolating on big…

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From Distance: An Introduction

2018-05-18

four point play…. 1. A few years from now, we will look back at the 2018 playoffs as the beginning of the Jayson Tatum era. The 20 year-old already plays with a pace and technical skill that far exceeds his years. Like Dwyane Wade in the 2004 Playoffs, Tatum is showing a superstar level talent that only needs some time to marinate. It’s easy to look at this Celtics team…

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From Distance: I’m Getting Annoyed

2018-04-27

four point play…. 1. Two weeks of playoff basketball has already taken a bit of life out of the average NBA junkie. An occasional weekend binge, and/or the joy of daily basketball intake is certainly a lovely way to “live one’s best life”. Four games in one night, however, are simply too overwhelming to properly enjoy. I gotta admit, it’s made me a bit basketball salty. It’s a shame really,…

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Live Thread: Cavs @ New York Knicks (or, the long awaited LeBron – Kanter feud (JK))

2018-04-09

Cleveland heads to the Big Apple with a chance to clinch the divisional title tonight.  Likely the No. 4 seed regardless of what happens, the Cavs look to beat the Knicks team that fell off the playoff contending map once Kristaps Porzingis went out with the knee injury.  In a continuing theme, despite George Hill coming back into the starting lineup, the Cavs will not be fully healthy as Rodney…

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Barely A Recap: Clippers 116, Cavs 102 (or, Feeling Gray and Green)

2018-03-10

I don’t know why Jeff Green is smiling… maybe he’s thinking about the green light Ty Lue has given him to aggressively jack threes with abandon… or maybe fantasizing about his next roller skating routine… or maybe he just loves any chance to wear his Orwellian gray “The Land” getup for a game. Needless to say… I am not smiling. Technically, I should be… even though the Cavs lost a…

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Recap: Nuggets 126, Cavs 117 (or, A Confederacy of Dunces)

2018-03-04

“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” — Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting Before you go expecting a deep dive into John Kennedy Toole’s famously posthumous, Pulitzer Prize winning novel as a pointed allegory for the current state of the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff… just know that it was…

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From Distance: Value in Size

2018-02-16

Four point play… 1. The house I grew up in is not of the typical cookie-cutter design that mostly permeates Mentor, Ohio. It was built in the early part of the 20th century by a somewhat amateur architect with a penchant for international flair. As far as I know, he made four houses in all. Diagonally across our little boulevard, a beautiful Tudor sticks out like an incredibly healthy thumb….

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Fountains of Youth… Drains of Necessity

2018-02-14

“The heart is the real fountain of youth.” — Mark Twain It’s been less than a week since a dramatic series of rapid fire deals at the trade deadline altered the fortunes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the events of the intervening days have been hard to put into proper context… or even words. It’s rare that a team has undergone so much change in such a short amount of…

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Podcap: Cleveland 120, Oklahoma City 112 (or, Situations Matter)

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2018-02-14

“Analytics be damned” was the consensus of this podcast as we all agreed that when it comes to NBA players, situations matter more than a mathematical abstraction of their output.  Effort, we noted, is a variable, not a constant. As we watched the last two games, every player on this team, from the new guys, to a suddenly enthused LeBron, to a much more confident J.R. Smith, to a suddenly-receiving-playing-time…

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