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It is outside the box, I’ll give him that- “The Cavaliers need to jump-start the process. Being patient is a virtue, but some of their assets are likely to deteriorate in value if they are not used at the correct time. For example, Dion Waiters was the fourth pick in the Draft last year. The Cavaliers are likely to have a pick around fourth this year. Which is more valuable to opposing teams? Unless they happen to be really high on Waiters, other teams are going to want the pick, even in a down year. So while Anderson Varejao’s value could be higher, the value of the Cavs 2013 first rounder is at its zenith.” [Zavac/Fear the Sword]
“Rob Chudzinski, a Toledo native, returns to Ohio to take the reins of Cleveland’s team. As a boy, his passion included putting the TV at the window and watching the games from the elements, to simulate the thrill of being there.
The biggest question is whether dog biscuits were consumed.
“There was occasional dog biscuits consumed,” Chudzinski said on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live. “I wouldn’t tell you they tasted very good, but we did that on occasion.” [Florio/PFT]
Mike Brown at UCLA?- “Mike Brown — Yes, the former Cavs and Lakers coach. Dan Guerrero would win the press conference, and Brown has plenty of California ties. He played at San Diego and his son is a guard at Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei and is being recruited by Pac-12 schools. The 43-year-old hasn’t recruited in the college ranks, but has instant credibility with kids having coached LeBron and Kobe. As long as he hired the right staff, he could be extremely successful at this level.” [CBS Sports.com]
“Basically, for every Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant, players destined for stardom regardless of circumstance, there are one-hundred players whose NBA career hinges on forces not under their control. These aspects could include: coaching, system, organizational commitment, or a positional logjam. Within those, exist subsets; coaching could include the boss’s relationship with or confidence in a player, or the instruction received. Lack of fit with a system perhaps hinges on the actual play-calls or perhaps a mis-assignment of role within the given plays. Perhaps items as diverse as the quality of an organizations trainers, strength coaches, nutritionists, or doctors, even give a player advantages over a similar guy. And sometimes, all that is needed is an opportunity.” [Hetrick/Cavs the Blog]
Finally, here’s a good explanation of the Indians’ opening day roster decisions. [Let’s Go Tribe]