July 31, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Life without Andrew Bynum

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Where is the hope for the Cavs? “I have a somewhat similar feeling of optimism about the entire franchise right now. Again, it feels out of place. It is possible it is because I am dumb. Hopefully not. The Andrew Bynum era may be done in Cleveland. If so, at least it went according to Plan B. The team saw what they had, decided it wasn’t going to work by January 7th, parted ways, and only sunk $6 million into the project.” [Kevin Hetrick/Cavs: The Blog]

How do the Cavs need to replace Bynum? “Among all defenders facing at least 3.5 field-goal attempts at the rim this season, the 26-year-old was holding shooters to the fourth-worst field-goal percentage (37.6). For comparison’s sake, that’s a lower mark than Defensive Player of the Year candidates Roy Hibbert (41.3), Anthony Davis (44.2) and DeAndre Jordan (53.2) allowed. It’s also nearly 20 percentage points lower than what Anderson Varejao, Cleveland’s only other defender facing that many interior shots, had yielded (56.0).” [Zach Buckley/Bleacher Report]

Here was a fun look at four potential trades including Andrew Bynum. I wouldn’t mind any of them. [Kevin Fay/Fan Attitude]

Looking at what Bynum’s absence means for the entire roster: “What does this mean for Kyrie Irving? I don’t know if Bynum being suspended helps the team in the grand scheme of their game-planning, but it certainly helps out Kyrie in the sense that he should have a bit more clearance underneath for his penetrating game. Obviously, centers will now be more apt to collapse into the paint, but the general freedom overall will likely allow Irving to flow more.” [Jim Pete/Cleveland Sports Insiders]

Yesterday afternoon’s game was really strange for the Cavs: “How they got there was their own fault. They didn’t really defend or rebound or make shots. They’re actually lucky the deficit wasn’t greater. Then the fourth quarter happened and so did the Cavs. It was among their finest 12 minutes of the season, and for that, they deserve credit. Now all they need to do is carry that to the rest of the season.” [Sam Amico/FOX Sports Ohio]

Revisiting 2013 predictions: “For the third year in a row, I made predictions for our three teams last December (just as I’ll make some for 2014 in a few days). Not to blow my own horn (honk, honk), those predictions turned out better than things did for the Cavs, Browns and even Indians. Of course, the case can be made that predicting how our teams will do is fairly easy, given their recent shameful history.” [Jerry Roche/The Cleveland Fan]

Neat story about an Indians minor leaguer: “There are more than two million Little League baseball players in the United States. Of that two million, 25,000 will play at the collegiate level and 1,500 will be drafted. The odds of breaking into professional ball are slim. The odds of becoming a professional ballplayer and a published author are even slimmer. Somehow, Justin Toole has managed both before the age of 30.” [Stephanie Metzger/Indians Baseball Insider]

Will he stay or will he go? “It’s no secret that Braxton isn’t the most polished passer in the pocket, so another year of work under Meyer would do nothing but further his development as a passer. Miller has been much improved since his promising but unspectacular freshman season, but with that said, Miller doesn’t quite look ready to play with the big boys at the next level, either.” [Adam Buckler/Land-Grant Holy Land]

How to stop Clemson offensively: “Perhaps surprisingly – given the talent at certain skill positions – Clemson’s offense has periods of relatively low scoring output. This is particularly noticeable against better competition. Opposing defenses slowed Clemson by playing middle of the field safety coverage and cheating additional defenders in the box. The Tigers also hurt themselves with turnovers.” [Ross Fulton/Eleven Warriors]

Finally, there was a lot of Teddy Bridgewater talk on Twitter last night: “If the Russell Athletic Bowl proves to be Teddy Bridgewater’s final collegiate performance, then he could not have picked a finer way to go out, returning to his home state of Florida and leading the Louisville Cardinals to an easy 36-9 win.” [Nam Le/SB Nation]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I love the idea of trading Bynum but I can’t believe he would fetch the Cavaliers anything let alone another NBA talent. I think the most realistic outcome is him being cut before being owed more money such as Vindictive Pat suggested prior to Bynum being suspended.