Will J.R. play nice after re-signing with the Cavs for a lesser contract than the one he opted out of? Fingers crossed.
Michael Johnson was my first favorite Olympian. Atlanta, 1996. He won gold in the 400 meters and set an Olympic record. Three days later he won gold in the 200 meters and set a world record — breaking his own in the process. He didn’t run so much as glide; his feet barely touched the ground.
I‘m not good at many things. I never had the hand-eye coordination, athleticism, or toughness to thrive at sports, and lacked the attention span, threshold for boredom, and determination to become proficient at any hobby that could be construed as a “talent.” Had I ever participated in a talent show, it would have just been me
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, and two future second-round picks to the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night in exchange for, well, nothing really. They got some cash considerations, but the most impactful part of the return was two trade exceptions. Whereas the Cavs were on the hook for $10.5 million in salary to
Lest we forget, it was only a couple months back that Delly Fever infected wide swaths of Greater Cleveland. With the news that the Cleveland Cavaliers are officially retaining Delly by way of him signing a one-year deal, let us revisit the magical after-shocks of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, when Maryborough’s finest captured imaginations everywhere. Matthew
It wasn’t always this good. LeBron James is deeply committing to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the foreseeable future — in one year stints, anyway — thanking the City of Cleveland for its support after carrying its basketball franchise to the brink of a championship, praising the city on national talk shows, bringing movie premieres to
This NBA offseason has gone on long enough. We’ve all wasted far too much air speaking, too many words writing, and too many brain cells thinking about the trivial stuff. LeBron wrote his name on a paper — big deal. Kevin Love took a community college writing class — whoopty-doo. Delly and Tristan want more
On Monday the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to terms with free agent point guard and former Cavalier Mo Williams. Mo only played in Cleveland from 2008-11, but he made a measurable impact and quickly became a fan favorite. Supporters remember him as a quick point guard with a penchant for threes who arrived via trade to play
The NBA’s July moratorium period ends today, Thursday, July 9. This means that NBA players and teams can officially sign contracts and create binding agreements where previously there had only been handshakes and wink-wink deals. For the most part, this doesn’t affect too much for fans. Except in rare cases like Wednesday’s DeAndre Jordan madness between the
With the way their season ended in mid-June — within a few lucky bounces and a bad performance from healthy eventual champion Golden State Warriors — it’s hard to remember where the Cleveland Cavaliers were in early January. That “where” was a bad psychological place, the figurative equivalent of the dark and foreboding forest through which you
You go to sleep one day with an awful Cleveland Cavaliers team in your town and you wake up some weeks later to a so-called super team. That’s what happened last year for Cleveland after LeBron James wrote his fateful letter in Sports Illustrated. He and Kyrie Irving formed the first two pieces of what
The big news Monday was that Mo Williams is coming back to Cleveland. One of the most beloved players from LeBron’s first tour in Cleveland, Mo has kept Cleveland in his heart since he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Now, another player from the old squad
Mo Williams was my first regret. The Cleveland Cavaliers were in the midst of one of the worst single seasons in NBA history and had just allowed Chase Budinger to drop 30 points on them as the Houston Rockets provided Cleveland with its 28th loss in its last 30 games. It was the night of
Days like July 1, 2015 don’t happen very often in any sports city, let alone Cleveland. Everything that was in play that could have swung up or down ended up kissing the sky. Kevin Love and Cleveland Indians and Iman Shumpert and the pure joy of knowing at least a little bit about a bright
With Wednesday’s flurry of long-term contracts, fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers now have a clearer picture of what the team will look like during the 2015-16 season. As many hoped, it will look very much like the team that finished last regular season on a 33-3 tear, thanks in no small part to Dan Gilbert’s
Two hundred thirty million dollars. That is the approximate amount of money Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert shelled out in player contracts just on day one of NBA free agency. The Cavs reportedly agreed with forward Kevin Love on a five-year, $110 million deal and guard Iman Shumpert on a four-year, $40 million contract, are near agreement with
When the Cleveland Cavaliers traded the rights to Duke point guard Tyus Jones to the Minnesota Timberwolves, they, in turn, received the rights to the Turkish Terror, Cedi Osman, a future second-round draft selection, and the rights to a big man out of Syracuse named Rakeem Christmas. Aside from being incredibly festive and potentially related
One of my running jokes throughout the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season, which was rife with melodrama both real and manufactured, was that the Cavaliers were starring in a soap opera called As the Cavs Turn. On a team with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, everything was viewed as newsworthy. Was Kevin Love fitting “in” or “out”?
The Collective Bargaining Agreement of any sports league is very difficult to understand. This is why many sports agents are millionaires themselves, and teams have cadres of lawyers and analysts working with their on-field operations departments. If these people spend their entire careers working on these topics, it’s certainly not going to be easy for the
The Cleveland Cavaliers elected to trade out of the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. They technically took Duke point guard Tyus Jones with the No. 24 pick, but that was a compliance-driven charade1 — after taking Jones, they were free to trade him anywhere they pleased. They sent him to the Minnesota Timberwolves