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[Shakes fist] Washington!!! “The Washington Wizards may have lost a few battles against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they most certainly won the war. Think about it…the first salvo was Jamison to the Cavs, a talented, but defensively impotent player who was abused routinely by Kevin Garnett in the Cavs’ beatdown at the hands of the Celtics. Now, the Cavs are stuck with an exorbitant salary for a player with a clear, defined weakness on a roster that’s inspiring nobody.
But that wasn’t enough for Washington…oh, no. They could’ve been content with implanting a tumor on their once rivals, but instead, they had to go ahead with the water torture…an agonizing week long period where, thanks to the Wiz’ trade with the Bulls for the cap killing Kirk Hinrich, Cavs fans everywhere have to watch their team squrim and gasp for air.” [Major League Jerk]
Done deal, pal: “What were shortly ago relatively even odds on LeBron staying in Cleveland (-150) are now much longer (+350), with a $100 wager that LeBron stays home yielding a $350 profit if he does.
So, yeah. That’s a big change. But should anyone really be surprised?
Remember, the mainstream narrative has a significant impact here. These numbers only reflect what sportsbook.com is willing to offer for each respective contingency, and of course, these offers are concocted with an eye toward the response that the books expect to receive. So when the New York Times dramatically publishes a report that LeBron to Chicago is “a done deal,” why shouldn’t we expect the odds on where LeBron ends up to change dramatically? At least until folks take a closer look at what the New York Times report says and act on that information.” [Cleveland Frowns]
Is Brian Shaw what Cleveland needs? [Red Right 88]
What’s gonna happen to Big Baby? “It’s almost July, and we still don’t know exactly what type of punishment the league will hand to Rogers after he mistakenly brought a loaded handgun to Cleveland Hopkins Airport in the offseason. Earlier in the year, the Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi mentioned that a suspension might only be for a game or two. All things considered, that shouldn’t affect the chemistry of the unit too much. The bigger question here is whether the team will actually go through with starting Rogers at the defensive end position this season as opposed to nose tackle.” [Dawgs by Nature]
And finally, a letter to LeBron James [Cleveland Hope]
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)