August 1, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Very Valuable Varejao

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“Anderson Varejao scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds last night in a loss to the Nets. It feels crazy to write that, because Varejao isn’t the kind of center you expect to put up such fat numbers. He’s the “energy guy,” the big man who never stops moving, fighting for rebounds, tipping balls to teammates. He’s the sort of player who puts up cockeyed stat lines—an 8-and-13 guy. So how the hell does a guy with no real offensive game to speak of pour in 35 points? By proving that “energy guy” and “extremely talented” are not mutually exclusive, that’s how.” [Ley/Deadspin]

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Baseball America’s Top Ten Prospects for the Indians- “If the Indians are counting on help from the minors, impact talent is still at least a couple of years away. Francisco Lindor is a potential all-star and fellow shortstop Dorssys Paulino may be the best international player they’ve signed since Peralta in 1999. But neither has played above low Class A, nor has 2012 first-rounder Tyler Naquin, and beyond them the system is thin.” [Badler/Baseball America]

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Marlins fan trades his allegiance- “It is now my time to make a trade. Your entire organization is being traded for a new club, which houses many of your former players — the Detroit Tigers. I have been following them for many years as I took up residence in Michigan, but I had always retained my loyalty to you. Not any longer. 100 percent of my loyalty has been shifted. It will no longer be “Let’s Go Fish,” but “Let’s Go Tigers” — a team with an owner who actually cares about winning instead of his bottom line.

Goodbye, Billy the Marlin. Hello, Paws.

Thanks for the memories, though. The good ones were mostly erased by all of the moves you made over the years, but I will always be grateful for you bringing a professional sports team to south Florida. Even though Joe Robbie, Pro Player, Dolphins, and Sun Life Stadium were empty on most nights, I paid my hard earned money to see live professional baseball for many years and create everlasting memories that I will carry with me forever with the last one being now.” [Big League Stew]

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“As bad as the Cavs are on defense, there is one player I believe is head and shoulders below everyone other starter on defense. The Cavs start six players: Anderson Varajao, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thomson, Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving’s offense, and Kyrie Irving’s defense. This is like the Star Trek where evil trans-dimensional Kirk replaces good Kirk, except it happens to Kyrie every time he doesn’t have the ball. It’s mind boggling how a player who is so gifted and instinctive on offense can be so terrible on defense. Maybe he needs to lose the Evil Spock goatee.” [Smith/Cavs the Blog]

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“So let’s say we trade Andy for a lottery pick and another talented young player. Say we trade him to OKC for Jeremy Lamb and Toronto’s guaranteed lottery pick. For that trade to come out on the plus side for us we’d have to hit on that pick, Lamb would have to develop into a solid player, AND we’d have to find a way to resign those two players in a few years when we’ve already, presumably, extended Kyrie to a max deal and hopefully extended Dion Waiters. That’s a lot that has to happen. Once the young players hit their stride, assuming they even do, just like OKC we’d be looking at a one or two year window to break through before the cap crunch. Stars would have to align in a way that us Clevelanders certainly aren’t used to seeing.

So instead we should diversify. Going forward we should be looking at a team of young talent with a mix of established NBA veterans. Chris Grant has done an admirable job ripping down and rebuilding this roster much faster than I, or anyone, could’ve hoped for after the decision. While I’ll never say we have enough young talent, the picks have been made and the infusion has already occurred. We don’t know what the future has in store for Tristan Thompson, Zeller, or even Waiters frankly. But the early returns on Waiters and the fact that Kyrie Irving is an absolute star would indicate it’s time to move forward to the next phase. In fact, the rise of Kyrie Irving from promising rookie to a player that looks like he could very well be one of the best PG’s in the league right now is the main reason it’s time to move forward. With a talent like his I don’t think we need to dump a double-double machine to roll the dice in the lottery anymore. Especially one who is incredibly underpaid and is quickly developing a tremendous chemistry with your young superstar.” [Nagel/Stepien Rules]

  • MrCleaveland

    A little off-topic here, but can you believe how the worst team in the NFL was preening and dancing and taunting Monday night? Taunting!!!!!

    This proves that Romeo Crennel has no business being a head coach. He lacks leadership skills, and he instills neither discipline nor pride in his team.

    And remember when we were all panting for Scott Pioli to be our GM?

    Yesterday we were relieved that at least the Dolans are not Jeffrey Lorie. We can also be glad that the Browns are not the Chiefs (although we’ve been there and done that).

  • mgbode

    the Jaguars scoff at you claiming the Chiefs are worse

  • mgbode

    “The Cavs start six players”

    no wonder we stink when the bench comes in. we only put 5 bench guys on the court at the same time.

  • MrCleaveland

    Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Fire up the Madden for a steel-cage death match.

  • dwhit110

    The sidebar on the BA article made me laugh. In our 2016 lineup they’ve got Kipnis in LF and Asdrubal at 2B. Not to mention Choo at DH (if we kept him, which we won’t, we’d be insane not to have him in the field, where he’s valuable…)

  • http://twitter.com/RickWFNY rick grayshock

    Let me know who wins. Or loses? Which is the right answer here?

  • porckchopexpress

    Lets just throw the Browns in there and make it a Garbageatois.

  • mgbode

    me too. then, I saw our #1 picks in the sidebar and started crying (ok, not really but if I was a crier I would have)

  • mgbode

    Who wins the game or the number one overall pick?

    Why is Chudzinski getting the shaft here? Panthers make it a 4team tournament. Browns v. Chiefs. Panthers v. Jags

  • mgbode

    at least there are no strong ties to the Jags from ex-Browns. otherwise we hold a prominent piece in 3 of the remaining 4 teams.
    though, JAX was desperate enough to sign Robiskie last year. maybe that counts?

  • Natedawg86

    Im surprised no one has noticed yet, and that we have not won more games

  • Natedawg86

    The Turd bowl (great idea for who gets #1 pick) could be played in lieu of the ProBowl

  • Natedawg86

    Still pissed about Indy throwing last season too. They were not that bad!

  • mgbode

    so, how hard do you try to throw the Turd Bowl if you are the starting QB who would be replaced if your team lands that #1 overall pick?

  • mgbode

    imagine how bad our defense would be if we only played 5 the whole game!!!

  • Natedawg86

    Colt played hard last season