History Repeating: Mike Brown takes the Fall…Again

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There was a time, not that long ago, when Mike Brown was being applauded for being one of the game’s bright young defensive minds. His coaching skills had been forged in the crucibles of playoff runs as an assistant in San Antonio and Indiana. His Cleveland teams won ugly but won, and he even managed

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2013-14 Cleveland Cavaliers and the #seasonofhuh – WFNY Podcast – 2014-04-17

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I got Ben Cox to come on the podcast to discuss the 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers. He dubbed it the season of huh. From the Cavaliers drafting Anthony Bennett, to hiring Mike Brown, to firing Chris Grant to Matthew Dellevedova being the Cavs’ best rookie this year. It was one for the ages. Make sure you

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Are the Browns jerseys going grey? While We’re Waiting…

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Could the Cleveland Browns new uniforms be less Brown? A discussion in the Browns sub-Reddit sheds some light on what 2015 may bring in the way of the new look Browns. The design that looks like it’s going to be chosen can best be described as a happy medium between Minnesota and Seattle. Let’s start

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Windhorst: “LeBron and Kyrie have drifted apart”

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Brian Windhorst has no shortage of interesting things to say about the Cavaliers. He has so much to say that I had trouble even figuring out just one thing to put here. There’s talk of dinner meetings with Isiah Thomas that has the potential to make Cavs fans hurl. There’s talk about whether it’s worth

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Playing the Odds: Everything we know about the Cavaliers and analytics

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Where numbers and charts collide with the “eyes and ears” of NBA decision making   Have you ever watched the movie 21? The one about the MIT blackjack players who got rich quick? It was mostly real, if you didn’t know. The movie was based on a 2003 book titled Bringing Down the House, written by

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Andrew Bynum to Indianapolis, “I want to play”

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The Luol Deng era in Cleveland will last longer than the Andrew Bynum era ever did, but that’s not saying much. Bynum was traded to Chicago for Deng and subsequently cut. The stories started to come out about the end of Bynum’s time in Cleveland shortly thereafter. Bynum had been suspended by the team and

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Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski writes about how the Cavs lost their way

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Literally minutes after the Cavaliers sealed a rare three-game winning streak on Tuesday night, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski decided to rain on Cleveland’s parade and release an article about what he’d dug on a seemingly dysfunctional Chris Grant regime. Wojnarowski is the most well connected NBA writer out there and he tends to be the one to

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David Griffin: Next Man Up

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When the original announcement hit Twitter, that David Griffin was to inherit the reins of my favorite sports franchise from Chris Grant, I surprisingly thought very little of it. I, like most Cavs fans, had heard very few mentions of him previously and my first inclination was that he’d just be keeping the General Manager

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On defensive analytics and the Cavs’ recent issues

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“Math is winning out on offense in the NBA.” These were the words of Grantland’s Zach Lowe, the man whose writing represents basketball’s best combination of analytics with the league beat. But what does Lowe mean by that exactly? And where can we see information relevant for the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, owners of the NBA’s

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Team-building exercises: The ultimate puzzle

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Assets are a great thing to have. Look no further than Ryan’s piece  to show that the Cavaliers have plenty of them. The pantry isn’t barren. There are a number of quality ingredients in this organization, but good ingredients alone don’t bake a delicious cake or fix a good cocktail. Asset accumulation and talent acquisition

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Scott Raab discusses Chris Grant’s firing – WFNY Podcast – 2014-02-07

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It’s always great to have Scott Raab’s perspective when big things happen. We spent about an hour talking about all the different dynamics surrounding the Cavaliers and their decision to dismiss Chris Grant from the team. As always, it was a discussion that went beyond what is normally covered in the rapid-fire sports talk settings

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While We’re Waiting… Where exactly Chris Grant was wrong

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While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Blaming the Cavs for falling into the

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Chris Grant resisted front office push to trade for Thunder’s James Harden

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James Harden seemed to be a fantasy trade target for many Cavaliers fans back when he was a lightning scoring guard off the Oklahoma City Thunder bench. Now, he’s a two-time All-Star for the Houston Rockets. And today, upon the firing of Cavs GM Chris Grant, we learn that such a deal actually could have

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New Cavs GM will have the tools in place to rebuild properly

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From the first day Chris Grant took his office as the general manager of the Cavaliers, the buzz word on everybody’s lips was “assets.” As Investopedia describes it, “assets are bought to increase the value of a firm or benefit the firm’s operations.” At the time Grant took over general manager duties for the Cavaliers,

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Potential names arise to fill Cavs vacant GM spot

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The ink on the press release has barely dried, but the names of potential replacements for the position recently created in the wake of Chris Grant’s firing in Cleveland is starting to fill up. CBS Sports’ Ken Berger’s recently filed column includes current “acting” general manager David Griffin, but several other individuals with considerable accolades

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Dan Gilbert needs to abandon playoff goals for this season

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(Editor’s note: This was written prior to the Cavaliers firing of Chris Grant.) I’m convinced that a major part of the reason that the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing the way they are is because they’ve been tanking for so long. Only Alonzo Gee and Anderson Varejao are left from the first awful season post-LeBron, but

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A wooden case of emotion

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(Update: Chris Grant has been relieved of his duties as Cavs GM) With his Cleveland Cavaliers taking the floor, having lost their last five games, but playing host to a shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers team which had had recently been tag-teamed by Mother Nature and the Injury Bug, Chris Grant sauntered up a flight of

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Mike Brown needs to speak up

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Following an embarrassing 124-95 defeat on November 13 at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves just nine games into the season, the Cavaliers sitting at a disappointing 3-6 against a fairly weak schedule, held their now-infamous players-only meeting. The week that followed in Cavaliers talk revolved around whether or not Dion Waiters got into a

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Things that annoy me about the Cavaliers right now

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The season from hell hath unleashed its versatile fury all over the Cleveland fan base during the past week. From last Sunday’s Suns meltdown to Saturday’s array of hoops-related excitement, these truly are dark days in Cavs world. There are many, many things that annoy me about this Cavs franchise and its current dysfunctional state.

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Kyrie Irving reportedly telling people he wants out of Cleveland

As it the case with many Chad Ford-related chats, one of the first questions out of the gate was surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers. This time, the focus was on head coach Mike Brown and general manager Chris Grant in the wake of the team’s underwhelming first half. Buried in the middle of his response, Ford,

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