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“Kyrie Irving is a special type of player—talented enough, young enough—who intermittently illuminates how inconsequential opinions about the NBA are in relation to fluorescent streaks of skill. We can talk about a lot of stuff, but talking about the moment when Irving dives into the lane off a pick, shows the ball to the best player in the league, then switches hands, double-clutches, and lays it in is futile. Seriously: try to be articulate about that thing. What’s great is that we get to talk about his highlights in incomprehensible shrieks and about Kyrie Irving as an electrifying talent like we did with Blake Griffin last year. There’s no need to figure out his place in the natural order of point guards because we’re just so damned happy he’s here. Thanks for blessing us, dude.” [McGowan/Cavs the Blog]
This piece is getting a lot of attention around the baseball web community- “These new categories fall under the title of Sabermetrics, the figment of several self-anointed geniuses, mostly originated via the vivid imagination of the illustrious Bill James. They were noisily compacted into a best-selling book entitled “Moneyball.” The book was scripted into a popular motion picture a year ago, starring Hollywood jock Brad Pitts and celebrating the baseball wizardry of Billy Beane.
Yet now, amid all that claptrap, we are being treated to a Major League Baseball season for the ages. It is the sort of season that grabs any longtime baseball lover with sensational joy of the game, without the mashed numbers.” [Green/Detroit News]
“While the drafts of 2011 and 2010 filled important needs on the defense in the first two rounds, it doesn’t have the same sizzle as selecting a running back and quarterback with the first two picks. And if the Browns only had one but not the other, it wouldn’t have the same impact.
“I was pleased with the way that they performed,” Shurmur said of Weeden and Richardson. “I was glad to see that they were very professional in the way that they work at things and I think it showed up on the field. Now, the next step as we have just talked about is to put them in with the other guys and see them compete with guys that have already played in the league.”
None of this means the Browns can now automatically compete on the field with Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but it’s a big step in the right direction. The Browns won the month of May. The next step is to starting winning when it really counts.” [Red Right 88]
“The Cavs need a scorer. Harrison Barnes might be the best pure scorer in the entire draft. Seems like a match made in heaven, right? After Barnes’ freshman year, he was probably a top-5 pick in last year’s draft, a possibility for the Cavaliers at #4 even. But, Barnes decided to return the Chapel Hill for another go round.
Barnes showed in his two seasons that he could put the ball in the hole. At 6-8, he is as smooth as can be on the floor and makes scoring look effortless at times. He has a great midrange game and can definitely extend that range beyond the arc. Defensively, he has the tools to be a great defender at the next level. He is long and has the ability to stay with other wing players. But, for some reason this past season, many people wanted to look at Barnes’ shortcomings.
He has the knock of only being a good athlete. Scouts say he isn’t the greatest ball handler and is slightly one-dimensional. When UNC got to the NCAA Tournament, many people, including myself, had them winning it. Then injury struck and they lost starting point guard Kendall Marshall to a broken wrist. This only intensified the talk of Barnes being one-dimensional. The loss of an elite point guard showed that Barnes had trouble creating his own shot and needed someone to get him the ball.” [Mancini/Stepien Rules]
Finally, if you missed it yesterday, check out our attempt to help the Cleveland Foodbank [WFNY]