April 24, 2014

Mark Cuban Supported Dan Gilbert’s Position On CP3 Deal, Then Trades For Lamar Odom

Dan Gilbert wasn’t the only owner who supported David Stern’s veto on the deal between the Lakers, Rockets and Hornets previously designed to send Chris Paul to Los Angeles.

His email, seemingly a private one addressed to David Stern, was the only one that leaked publicly but he wasn’t alone in his position.

We can assume that a number of other owners shared similar sentiments, but we don’t have to assume that Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban was one of them.  Cuban said as much on the record this past Friday.

Following reports that Thursday’s proposed trade was nixed by Commissioner David Stern,  Cuban offered the following statement in support of Stern’s decision to block the trade in an interview with ESPN Dallas’ 103.3 FM:

“The message is we went through this lockout for a reason,” Cuban said. “Again, I’m not speaking for Stern. He’s not telling me his thought process. I’m just telling you my perspective, having gone through all this. There’s a reason that we went through this lockout, and one of the reasons is to give small-market teams the ability to keep their stars and the ability to compete.”

“Players will always have the right to choose what they want to do as a free agent, but the players agreed to rules that said, ‘You know what? Let’s give the home team, the incumbent team, an extra advantage.’ And that’s how the rules were designed. I think they’re going to work.”

Then on Saturday night Mark Cuban’s Mavericks traded for Lamar Odom, the 6th Man of the Year last season and an integral piece in the proposed Chris Paul trade.   [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Buckeyes Fall To Kansas, Griffin III Wins Heisman

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Sullinger sits out as Buckeyes fall to Jayhawks: “Even with Jared Sullinger it was going to be a tall order to walk into Allen Fieldhouse and end a 46 non-conference game winning streak.

Without him, the Buckeyes simply couldn’t create enough good looks at the offensive end and gave up far too many at the other end as Kansas took down the Buckeyes 78-67 this afternoon in Lawrence.

Ohio State never led in the game but trailed by just four at 62-58 with 5:39 to play following a 10-3 run sparked by William Buford. WB couldn’t throw it in the ocean in the opening 20 minutes (1/7 FG, 4 pts) but caught fire early in the second half scoring 14 of 19 Ohio State points during one stretch as the Buckeyes inched toward a possible upset.

It wasn’t meant to be however as Kansas closed out the game with a 16-9 run behind 10 points from Thomas Robinson as he abused Amir Williams and to a lesser extend Evan Ravenel at a time when the Buckeyes had to have defensive stops. Robinson led the Jayhawks with 21 points and seven boards behind the huge 2nd half that saw him pour in 14 points along with all seven of his boards.

Buford’s 21 points (8/23, 17 pts in 2H) paced the Buckeye attack with DeShaun Thomas adding 19 points (7/14 FG, 3/7 3FG) and five boards.”  [Eleven Warriors / Chris Lauderback] [Read more...]

Chris Paul trade Dan Gilbert was referring to has been resubmitted for approval

According to an ESPN report, that appears to be confirmed by Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski as well, the three team trade that would send Chris Paul to play for Mike Brown’s Los Angeles Lakers has been resubmitted to the League office for approval.

One form of this “Chris Paul trade” was previously vetoed by David Stern late this week, a move that was supported by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in an email to the commissioner.  The terms of this trade, or more directly how and why it’s different from the last one, are not specifically known at this time.

This is what ESPN’s Chris Broussard and Marc Stein are reporting though:

The New Orleans Hornets’ three-team trade with the Los Angeles Lakers andHouston Rockets that would land Chris Paul in L.A. has been resubmitted to the league office for approval, according to sources close to the talks.

The specific changes to the original trade scenario were not immediately available, but sources told ESPN.com that a reconfigured trade has been presented by the league-owned Hornets to NBA commissioner David Stern in hopes that he’ll approve this construction after vetoing Thursday’s trade in principle.

Woj has also added that the structural changes in the deal will come between the Lakers and Hornets according to his sources, which basically means the Rockets still get Gasol and probably still deal Kevin Martin and Luis Scola primarily. [Read more...]

On Ramon Sessions and the Cavaliers backcourt if Baron Davis is Amnestied

Byron Scott opened his comments on Kyrie Irving’s first practice yesterday by stating that he was the nineteen year-old Point Guard’s mentor. Baron Davis, who it previously thought would assume that teaching role in some capacity this season sat out of practice with a lower back strain.  This coming on the heels of Yahoo!’s Marc Spears reporting that the Cavs will pull the Amnesty card on Davis and release him a couple nights ago.

So it looks like Baron Davis’ days could be nearing a close here in Cleveland.  Maybe he still stays at this point, but probably he doesn’t.  Assuming he goes then, what does this move then mean for Ramon Sessions and the rest of the Cavaliers backcourt?

Under the thinking that Davis would play out at least this upcoming season of the final two he’s under contract for in Cleveland, it was widely assumed that Sessions would then be dealt to a team in need of a veteran back-up PG. There isn’t typically room for three point guards who really aren’t combo guards at all on any roster, regardless of whether you’re trying to truly compete for a playoff berth or not.

With Davis out though, the 25 year-old Sessions becomes option number two at the PG position. Whether this move indicates the Cavaliers view him as a rotation playing PG of the future will probably be determined this season, but it does appear he’ll at least be here for this team to find that out. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Buckeyes Head To Phog Allen, Oden Suffers Setback

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Previewing #2 OSU / #13 Kansas later today down at Phog Allen Fieldhouse:  “After an early loss to #1 Kentucky in New York, Kansas rebounded to make it to the Maui Invitational final. But sloppy defense late and an improbable 3-pointer led to another loss against #6 Duke. Since then, the Jayhawks have won 3 straight against inferior competition in preparation for OSU. It usually takes a couple of weeks to recover from the Maui trip, and in addition to that the team battled “the crud” for a bit before shaking it off.

Helping to make up for the loss of so much fire-power, and especially the loss of the Morris twins, is junior forward Thomas Robinson. Robinson has been a beast on the front-court, at one point recording six straight double-doubles. Robinson racked up a career high 26 points in KU’s victory against Long Beach State on Tuesday and also grabbed 11 boards. He is not as large as Sullinger, but he cleans the glass pretty well, averaging 12 rebounds per game.

Another key player for Kansas is senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor. Taylor is a distributor, but he’s also a serious scoring threat from the one. He’s shooting nearly 46% from the field this season, including a sizzling 57% from downtown. Reserve guard Conner Teahan is another dead-eye shooter from distance, hitting 45% of his threes. He helped the Jayhawks break the game open against Long Beach, hitting 4 triples and scoring a career high 14 points.”  [Joe Beale  / Eleven Warriors] [Read more...]

Week 13 Open Thread: Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Browns lost a tough one down in Cincy last week.  Since then, Ryan Pontbriand was cut, Josh Cribbs voiced his displeasure with losing, and the Baltimore Ravens arrived in Cleveland looking to extend their record to 9-3.  If Pat Shurmur’s group is able to respond to last week’s loss by getting into the win column today, they will need to play their best game of the season to date.

Las Vegas has the Ravens favored on the road by seven points.  They intend to blitz Colt McCoy all afternoon and into the early Cleveland evening. It would be pretty encouraging if Peyton Hillis showed up today with one of those games he had last season.  Beyond that, the other things that will have to happen in order for the Browns to come out on top were previously identified both here and here.

Go Browns.

Craig Ehlo To Take Coaching Job With Cavs According to The Spokesman-Review

The Spokesman-Review is reporting that former Cleveland Cavalier Craig Ehlo will be hired as an assistant coach on Byron Scott’s staff this season.

Ehlo is currently an assistant with the Eastern Washington Eagles, and previously coached in high school as well for three years before working as a television analyst prior to this season.

The Plain Dealer has not confirmed this as of yet, but this is what The Spokesman-Review is reporting:

A source close to the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball program confirmed Saturday morning an earlier rumor that Eagles’ assistant Craig Ehlo has accepted a coaching job with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to the source, the Cavaliers will formally announce the addition of Ehlo to head coach Byron Scott’s staff, where he will serve as a main assistant, on Monday.

First-year EWU head coach Jim Hayford, when contacted prior to his team’s Saturday night nonconference road game against Ehlo’s alma mater, Washington State, would not publicly confirm nor deny the report.

“All I’m thinking about right now is how best to play Washington State,” said, Hayford, who gave Ehlo, a veteran of 14 NBA seasons – seven of which were spent in Cleveland, his first college coaching job last March after he, himself, was hired away from Whitworth University by Eastern. “I know he’ll be beside me on the bench in Pullman tonight, which is great.

Craig Ehlo is in the Washington University Hall of Fame, and he is the pride of Lubbock, Texas.  He played 14 seasons in the NBA after making his debut with the Houston Rockets in 1983, and was most notably a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers for seven seasons.   [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Browns prep for Baltimore and Iggy’s wins again

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Browns will have their hands full trying to protect Colt McCoy today:  “The Ravens lead the NFL with 28 sacks – nine of them against the 49ers’ Alex Smith on Thanksgiving night. They are well-rested and hungry for more. The Ravens are 8-3 and tied for first with Pittsburgh in the AFC North. The Ravens have to beat the Browns to keep pace.

McCoy has been sacked 26 times and has been hit 64 times in 11 games. Four teams have given up more quarterback hits, but each of those teams have played at least two quarterbacks this season.

McCoy has started every game in his second season with the Browns and so far has lived to line up with the first team in the next practice. One Monday he had both knees wrapped. His right shoulder was pummeled in the Jacksonville game Nov. 20. Last week he left the locker room with a sore right elbow after banging it on a player’s helmet while scrambling on the third play of the game in Cincinnati.

McCoy has to make it through the next five games to become the first Browns quarterback since Tim Couch in 2001 to go wire to wire as the starter. Four days after playing the Ravens he has to face the Steelers in Pittsburgh.” [OBR] [Read more...]

Buckeyes beat a bad team and Cleveland State gets conference win over Detroit

Ohio State played the University of Texas Pan-American today.  The Broncs, as opposed to the Broncos, are not a good basketball team.

After beating Victory University in late November by 19 points, the school first founded in 1927 as Edinburgh College has now fallen all the way to 2-7 on this 2011-12 season.  But enough about the tenth largest university in Texas who came up short against the Sullinger-less Ohio State Buckeyes 64-35 earlier today in the Columbus.

What’s important is that OSU moves to 8-0 with the win today, and now readies the ship for a collision with TD’s Kansas Jayhawks.

Evan Ravenal got his first start of his career today, and finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of work.   Deshaun Thomas also scored eleven, and that many guys got into the game for Thad Matta’s group on the day.

Sullinger is expected back for the trip down to Kansas on December 10th, and as of today the Jayhawks are ranked 14th in the nation. [Read more...]

Anthony Parker sweepstakes heat up, and something about Tyson Chandler

Cavaliers fans sometimes find themselves frustrated that the Maccabi Tel-Aviv faithful were treated to the Anthony Parker basketball playing glory days instead of us. We take our anger out on AP directly for this too, and it’s unfair.

We call him things like a super-old and ancient Shooting Guard, a defensive minded player who can’t defend anybody anymore, a guy who can’t create his own shot, and even an NBA player who can no longer launch the ball up into the basket successfully.

We don’t mean any of it though, because we do love Anthony Parker. Just like a lot of other people in the NBA love Anthony Parker too.  Including the New York Knicks, reportedly.

Heading into their first full training camp with both Amare’ Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony together, it was reported this morning that New York is interested in adding one more piece to load up for their run at the NBA championship.  That piece being a 36-year old SG from Cleveland, by way of Bradley University.

This from Marc Berman of the New York Post: [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Sullinger Sits One Out and Browns Prep For Baltimore

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Jared Sullinger to sit out today’s game: “After demolishing the Dookies on Tuesday night, 85-63, Thad Matta goes for his 300th career victory tonight, in the first ever meeting with UT Pan Am. This game is only available on-line, at btn.com and it will cost you $14.95.

Word came down late yesterday that Jared Sullinger is going to sit this one out due to some back spasms experienced in the Duke game. After the initial hyperventalation when the news broke, it looks like the injury isn’t serious and Sully will be ready in a week at Kansas.

There wasn’t going to be much need for Sully today anyhow. Most of OSU’s cupcakes this season have played at least one tough team to start the season, but UTPA’s toughest games have come against Northwestern, Toledo and DePaul. Their only wins have come against Texas St. and Victory University.” [Eleven Warriors / Corey Carpenter] [Read more...]

Cleveland State Beats Kent State 57-53 Before A Packed House

The SEC or Big East didn’t need to send teams like Vanderbilt or West Virginia to Northeast Ohio last night in order to create that big-time basketball atmosphere.

The Cleveland State Vikings and Kent State Golden Flashes took care of that by themselves.  Besides, they beat those two teams already anyways.

As a result of those early signature wins, Cleveland State came in ranked 26th in the AP Poll while the votes Kent State received had them slotted at 37th.  Both collectively recognized as two of the nation’s top-40 college basketball teams, both hailing from Northeast Ohio.

6,327 basketball fans filed in as a result last night.  The largest crowd for a non-conference game at Kent State in forty years. [Read more...]

Cleveland State Beats 7th Ranked Vanderbilt On Road To Open Season

At 2pm yesterday I shifted my attention away from the Cleveland Browns and over to the Cleveland State Vikings on ESPNU.  Two hours later, I couldn’t have been more pleased with my decision.  All Gary Waters’ team did yesterday was completely dominate the nation’s 7th ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in a wire-to-wire beat-down that was never in question, and I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon as a result.

CSU led Vandy by as many as 16 in the first half, and with under one minute to go in the game they found themselves up 15 before making it a final at 71-58.  The Nashville crowd was shocked into silence for most of the afternoon, and left the arena stunned, but you should be neither shocked nor surprised by this result.  The Cleveland State Vikings are absolutely for real this season. They will be ranked in top-25 shortly, and stay there for most of the year. [Read more...]

Open Thread: Browns vs. 49ers


The Browns are wearing mustaches, approaching today’s game as a business trip, and fresh off a three point win at home over the Seattle Seahawks heading into today’s tilt with the 49ers.  Even with all those things pointing to an inevitable Browns win today though, they still most certainly have their hands full.  Frank Gore is a load, and Jim Harbaugh has these Niners playing like they think they can beat anybody. [Read more...]

Braxton Miller: The Night A Star Was Born

With 59 minutes and 40 seconds of last night’s Ohio State – Wisconsin game in the books, Braxton Miller had connected on 6 of 12 passes for 49 yards through the air.  Then with twenty seconds to go he did this:

He went legend forever, if only for a night.

Just one week ago these 11th ranked Wisconsin Badgers were not only favorites to win the Big Ten, they were also legitimate National Championship contenders as well.  Just around that same time Braxton Miller had completed 1 of 4 passes for an entire game as a starting Big Ten Quarterback.  I don’t imagine either of those things crossed his mind when he let it fly from forty yards out last night. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Braxton Leads Buckeyes Past Badgers

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OSU beats #15 Wisconsin: “This may not be the greatest team to ever take the field for Ohio State, but you have to admit this: they give you a lot to talk about after a win. Only two weeks removed from an epic “Puntageddon”, where OSU completed only 1 of 4 passsing attempts in a win at Illinois, the Buckeyes roared back from near-death to a claim a resounding victory over the visiting Wisconsin Badgers in a rare Saturday night game in the Horseshoe.

In a play reminiscent of Troy Smith’s famous Heisman-showcase touchdown pass against Penn State, Braxton Miller hit fellow freshman Devin Smith with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining in the game to give OSU a 33-29 lead. Andrew Sweat deflected a last second desperation pass by Russell Wilson from midfield to seal the win.

Ohio State’s defense held Wisconsin to only 104 yards rushing, almost half of that on one run by Montee Ball in the 4th quarter. Ball finished with 90 yards on 18 carries for the night, but he was generally held in check by OSU’s swarming tacklers. Forced to throw often, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson completed 20 of 33 passes for 253 yards and 3 TD’s with no INT’s. Wilson’s heroics almost allowed the Badgers to escape with a win, but Miller was having none of it.”  [Joe Beale / Eleven Warriors] [Read more...]

Browns Have Mustaches Packed For Business Trip In San Francisco

The Browns are approaching tomorrow’s game in San Francisco against the 49ers as a business trip. In the spirit of that, they are emphasizing the handshake in celebration of a big play, and growing mustaches to maintain their focus both on and off the football field.

As you can see from the picture above, it is definitely working so far.  Count me as a person who is extremely intimidated by all five of these football playing gentleman, especially Tony Pashos in the middle.  I feel like apologizing to him for no reason just to be safe.

From left to right in the picture above, if you didn’t recognize them in their facial hair, you have Cleveland Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson, OT Joe Thomas, OT Tony Pashos, LB Chris Gocong and LB Scott Fujita.  Fujita is apparently the organizer of the mustache thing, or at least appears to be based on his tweet yesterday. [Read more...]

Lake County Sentinel Reports Indians Will Decline Option On Grady Sizemore

The Cleveland Indians will reportedly decline the option on Grady Sizemore and make him a free agent according to the Lake County Sentinel.

The following is from their report earlier this morning:

The Cleveland Indians made their first big decision of what is becoming a very important off-season for them. After an enthralling 4 ½ months of the 2011 season and falling short in August to the Tigers, the Indians reportedly will decline a $9 million option on arguably the face of the franchise over the last seven seasons, OF Grady Sizemore.

According to Timothy W. Shirer, Sports Editor of The Lake County Sentinel, sources inside the Indians organization hope that the Indians will be able to turn around and sign their former centerfielder to a one year deal with a base salary and incentives in the contract if he reaches a certain number of games played, including a few other statistical milestones.

Sizemore played a total of 71 games during an injury riddled season last year, batting .224 with 10 homers and 32 RBI’s.  The three time All Star is 29 years old, a career .269 hitter, and obviously a fan favorite. We’ll keep you posted on any further reports regarding this story as they develop.

While We’re Waiting…The St. Louis Cardinals Win The World Series

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Cardinals win the World Series: “it’s hard to think back to the early dominance of the cardinals in april, followed closely by the abject collapse of the team. i don’t have to remind you – since every other article about the season recalls it – the run of the cardinals back from a 10.5 game deficit.

the epic run to the postseason, closing on the last day was nothing but a prelude to an exciting 5 game series with  the phillies, a  challenging 6-game nlcs against milwaukee, and finally one of the most exciting  world series in recent memory.

along the way, we saw a historic single game offensive performance by albert pujols, repeated and unexpected clutch offensive performances from david freese (who – and you will never believe what i have just discovered – is actually from st. louis!), a remarkable endurancefest from chris carpenter, and a nearly perfect postseason from the stalwart members of the bullpen – including jason motte, fernando salas, and lance lynn.

posting two world series victories and three ws appearances in eight seasons (the albert pujols era)  is an outstanding showing for any team. ”  [Tom S / Viva El Birdos] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Fujita Says Colt’s a Young Drew Brees, and DET Eliminates NY

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Scott Fujita calls Colt McCoy a young Drew Brees on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland:  “I think last season when Colt McCoy first got the nod as the starter and it wasn’t so much the play at that point it was just watching the way he commanded the huddle and the way he commanded the respect of the guys in the lockerroom and the way he was such a natural leader.

That was the thing that struck me the most being similar to Drew Brees. Drew is one of my best friends down there and played against his former team when he was with San Diego and I was with Kansas City. I got to know him really, really well over the years and Colt McCoy just reminded me of a young version of Drew Brees.

Obviously he is going to keep growing as a player and keep getting better and better, but in terms of those intangible leadership qualities? Colt has got that.”  [Sports Radio Interviews/ Steve Cuce] [Read more...]