Hello everyone! Just a reminder…read Kevin’s great post below that I am inadvertently covering up.
This is the first in a series of works I’d like to call: “A glimpse at the Cavalier rookies, through poetry.”
Well, we’ve veered a bit off the draft this week…but I still thought this applicable.
Also, I’m pretty sure it’s entirely accurate.
Happy Sunday everyone! By the time I post another cartoon (next Sunday), may the Cavs have their foundation in place.
Well, this turned out to be prescient. (I drew it last Thursday.)
My non-pictorial thoughts—for the record:
If I’m Chris Grant and I get the opportunity to add Derrick Williams via the 4/8 for 2 trade, I do it.
I couple that sentiment with the belief that ultimately, Derrick Williams is not a 3 and thus he and J.J. would be in direct competition for a role that only one of them could fill. (J.J.’s never been an invigorating bench player, and we wouldn’t be drafting DW at 2 to mimic Paul Millsap.) While I’m not sure that Derrick is the more talented prospect—which is both a defense of J.J. and a minor indictment of DW, who, turns out, is not quite the athlete he’s purported to be—DW strikes me as the more reliable one. In the end, I think reliability trumps even talent, and it’s not like Derrick Williams is a slouch of a talent.
Also for the record: I legitimately love our occasionally wayward J.J., could see him having a 20 and 10 season next year, and if this deal fails to materialize I take back every word of what I just wrote.
Happy Sunday everyone :)
(One more note: this week’s picture was colored by my friend Nico Colaleo, who is a super-talented cartoonist with a website worth checking out if you’re at all interested in that sort of thing.)
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!
Hello Cavs: the Blog.
My apologies for being a little late to the party. I’m the picture guy. And what was initially conceived as a series of companion pieces to the ever so informative profiles Kevin and Mo have been supplying have since gone the way of the addendum; tragically tardy, but hopefully still of note.
I’ve brought with me today picture number one (Kyrie “good god please find your way to Cleveland because there is literally no one else I’m at all excited about” Irving) and I’m shooting for a new one to be posted each Sunday from now until the draft. Gauntlet thrown down. To myself.
Let’s hope this picture, more so than any of them to come, turns out to be prescient.
Colors by AJS, pencils by Chris Grant.