August 26, 2014

When it Comes to NBA Trades It’s Not What You Ask For That Matters, It’s What You Get

Chris Grant“It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn’t gone down the rabbit-hole – and yet – and yet – it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life!”
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Following NBA trade rumors often feels like a journey down Alice’s infamous rabbit-hole. We talk about this every season, but rumors are ubiquitous to NBA life. Agents and GMs leak information to trusted sources, often with an agenda in mind. What this means to the casual NBA fan sitting at home is that they are usually reading half truths that border on propaganda. Well intentioned beat writers and national scribes are frequently used as a medium to send a message to the other party in negotiations as well as to try to control the message that is being sent to the fans.

This isn’t to say NBA writers do a bad job or are somehow unaware of the game that’s being played. Far from it. It’s a give and take relationship in which a lot of good, solid, quality information is given to reporters to build rapport and trust. It’s just that every now and then a slight half truth might get slipped in there and nobody knows the difference. [Read more...]

Is There Any Hope Beneath the Frustration for the Cavaliers?

I keep trying to tell myself to remember that it’s still early in the season. And then I quickly try to forget that fact.

It’s far too early in the season to be this frustrated. Particularly when none of us expected the Cavaliers to be any good this season anyway. I predicted before the season that this Cavaliers team would be absolutely atrocious on the defensive end. So why am I so frustrated and angry when my watching it come to fruition on the court? I don’t know.

Here’s what we do know, though. The Cavaliers are 5-21 on the season. In his 2+ years at the helm, Byron Scott now has a record of 45-129. That’s a win percentage of 25.86%. The Cavaliers’ win percentage this season is 19.2%. Only one team in the NBA has a worse record than Cleveland. The Cavaliers are 23rd in scoring, and 23rd in opponents’ scoring. 26th in offensive efficiency and 27th in defensive efficiency. 27th in eFG% and dead last in opponents eFG%. They have exactly two players with an Efficiency Rating about 13 (where 15.0 is average). [Read more...]

QB Questions Just Status Quo For Browns

Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson

As summer drags on, with baseball winding down and basketball still a couple months away, all eyes in Cleveland are focused on the Browns. We follow training camp, and try to decipher how the team looks when scrimmaging and performing drills against themselves. We watch meaningless preseason games with much anticipation and scrutiny. As football fans, it’s what we do.

For fans of the Cleveland Browns, though, preseason usually means a little more to us than most fans of other teams. The reason for this is that almost every season since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999 they have been indecisive in terms of naming a starter at QB and as a result they have brought out the banality in QB competitions.

While most teams have named their starter by now, and are giving that guy significant reps with the first team offense to make sure everyone is on the same page and a sense of chemistry is being found, the Browns continuously toil in indecision and insecurity when it comes to the most important position in the NFL. By the time the Browns name their starter in most seasons, that player is already behind most teams and when the season opens, while other QBs are already comfortable and know their place in the offense, the Browns QBs are routinely just trying to get settled in.   [Read more...]

Putting Derek Anderson Into Perspective


Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers Sign QB Roethlisberger To NFL’s 7th $100 million Contract

If you’ve been reading my posts here for a while, you will know exactly how I have felt about the Derek Anderson contract. To put it bluntly, I was not a fan of it. I still am not overly fond of the idea, but yesterday’s news that the Pittsburgh Steelers had signed QB Ben Roethlisberger to an 8 year $102 million contract, with $36 million in guaranteed money, really put things into perspective.

Big Ben is just the 7th player in NFL history to be given a $100 million contract. The others are Carson Palmer, Mike Vick, Daunte Culpepper, Donovan McNabb, Drew Bledsoe, and Brett Favre. For sure Cincinnati is still happy with their deal with Palmer, and the Favre contract has worked out ok for the Packers. Donovan McNabb has been an icon in Philly, but his time there appears to possible be winding down and injuries have derailed him as of late. The others…Bledsoe, Culpepper, and Vick…..turned out to be huge mistakes for varying reasons. Will the Steelers come to regret this contract as well? [Read more...]

Only A Matter Of Time?

Derek AndersonContract For Derek Anderson Could Be Coming Soon

In case you missed it, I saw this on the Plain Dealer’s site this morning. In an article by Mary Kay Cabot, she says that GM Phil Savage feels confident that DA will be signed to a 3 year deal soon. She writes,

“Talks have been a little more frequent in recent days,” Savage said in an e-mail response. “It seems that the three-year deal is becoming more the focus. We’ve had pretty good dialogue and will continue over the [NFL scouting] combine.” [Read more...]