April 23, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Out of Options, Jamison’s Role and Tristan’s ‘Upside’

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“Cunningham is out of options. What this means is that he would have to be exposed to waivers before the Indians could outright him and send assign him to a Minor League affiliate. In the business of baseball, this would essentially give Cunningham a leg up on the competition for a bench spot this spring, if he turns in a comparable showing to his Minor League contracted competitors.

Last season, the Indians ran into some issues due to the fact that Kearns in the fold on a guaranteed deal. Even as he tanked, there was a reluctance to part ways with him out of fear of exposing the team’s thin depth. That explains why someone like Shelley Duncan, who had options last year, was shuttled back and forth between the Majors and Minors so often. That’s the business side of things.

This year, like Cunningham, Duncan is out of options, too. So, as things stand at the moment, it’s a fair assumption that both players project to be on the Opening Day roster. One difference this year is that the first-base situation, and the expectation that Grady Sizemore will be healthy enough to be in the lineup and in center from the season’s start, throws a bit of a wrinkle into things.” [Bastian/MLB.com]

“Tristan Thompson is an explosive leaper: Kyrie Irving said yesterday after the game that when Tristan Thompson elevates on the receiving end of a lob, “literally his whole hand is above the white box on the backboard.” That’s Earl the Goat make change off the top of the backboard high. He demonstrated that leaping ability early on Sunday by dunking four times in the first quarter, and finished with five dunks on the day. His offensive game needs work to be sure, but he has tools right now that will allow him to be effective as he develops those skills. Tristan finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots in 25 minutes of the 3 quarter scrimmage yesterday.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]

Excuse me while I go throw up. “The Terrible Towel app is free Monday, and to me, the most surprising thing about that is that apparently, on other days, people pay for this. You launch the app, and it loads a picture of the Terrible Towel, and you can touch it and it will wave (as the iTunes description calls it, “Realistic Waving Animation”). [Shutdown Corner]

“Jamison never will be confused with a dead-eye perimeter shooter or intimidating presence in the post. He’s 6-feet-9, and his game always has been more small than power forward. He almost always is positioned at the latter, but his talents clearly rest somewhere in between. Doesn’t matter. Not to Jamison, not to his teammates, not to Cavs coach Byron Scott. All that matters is Jamison finds a way to get the ball in the basket just as he always does — by any means necessary.

Again, the Cavs are sure to need plenty of that as they retool the roster for the future. Still, they have a season to play now, and the goal is to build confidence and a winning mindset. Jamison is the safest bet to make sure those things happen. As accomplished as he is when it comes to scoring, he knows competing consists of more than just heaving the ball toward the hoop. He knows, even at an advanced NBA age, one still can learn and improve. He knows he must do exactly that.” [Amico/FSO]

What a retractable roof might look like on Cleveland Browns Stadium. [WFNY Tumblr] (h/t Michael Brenkus)

  • natedawg

    Maybe I will download the terrible towel app in case for some reason I will ever have to wipe my rear with my iphone

  • Boomhauertjs

    I miss the late 80′s when the Steelers sucked and all of their bandwagon fans crawled back into their caves.

  • Jay

    I was scratching my head when the Cavs selected Thompson that high, and I know it’s only one preseason game, I’m kind of liking the upside this kid has. He jumps out of the gym and can only get better, skill-wise, from here.

    Are Steelers fans even smart enough to use an iPhone? :)