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On the 2003 draft- “Chris Tomasson (Nuggets beat writer, Rocky Mountain News): (Cavaliers owner) Gordon Gund seemed a bit apprehensive. He ate dinner with some media members, which never happened in the five seasons I covered the Cavs at the Akron Beacon Journal. It was amazing he did it in that pivotal of a moment because he’d always kept his distance. I think he was looking for anyone he knew to ease the tension.
Warren Thaler (Cavaliers board of directors): We were in the hallway and it was time for me to go into the room where they were doing the lottery drawing. I was about to part ways with Gordon and I could just tell he was nervous. I wanted to try to relax him. So I said, “Gordon, you know, this isn’t like finding a cure for blindness.”1
Gund: I looked at Warren and told him, “It’s pretty damn close.” [Windhorst/ESPN]
“Cleveland has a young star point guard in Kyrie Irving and there’s already buzz that LeBron James might come back in two years. Have you done any daydreaming about playing with those two?
“Oh, yeah, that would definitely be a special team, definitely a championship contender. I mean, whether Lebron comes back or not. Having an All-Star point guard does a lot for the organization. Kyrie’s a very good piece and I think I’d develop a lot faster with him.” [Tucker/Courier Journal]
While you are reading about Noel, you can vote for his draft day outfit. Can’t make this stuff up folks. [NBA.com]
“Winn proved to be a high-energy player with a knack for getting hits on the quarterback. He showed quickness throughout the season and even recorded an interception.
With the switch to the 3-4 defense, Winn will be one of the team’s backup defensive ends (and if the previous regime’s mentality meant anything, Winn will be the first rotational lineman in at defensive end). Since he isn’t a starter, his reps this season are bound to go down, but he’ll still come in as a substitute for the sake of keeping Ahtyba Rubin or Desmond Bryant fresh.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
“A huge part of Phelps putting these good at bats together has been his eye at the plate. Overall Phelps as a career .64 BB/K ratio in Triple-A, a stat that shows how often a batter walks in comparison to striking out. To compare, Jason Kipnis had a .60 BB/K ratio during his time in Triple-A, with Lonnie Chisenhall having a .47 ratio. What this shows is that when comparing Phelps to the other two players going through the minors with him, he has the best eye of the three of them. This ability to see pitches in and out of the zone has led to his hitting success in Columbus.
Overall, Phelps has been somewhat forgotten by many in Cleveland and has been the product of an unlucky situation being behind Chisenhall and Kipnis. This situation however has not brought Phelps down or negatively impacted on his performance, as he is thriving and having one of his best seasons ever as a professional baseball player this season. If Phelps is able to keep his RBI and power numbers up, and continue to show he has a great eye for pitches out of the zone, then he could provide a solid boost to Cleveland at some point this season, either coming off the bench or playing for an injured player. With injuries being a problem so far this season for the Tribe, combined with his success in Columbus, Cord Phelps should be a name you want to remember this season.” [Travis/DTTWLN]