July 22, 2014

Cavs Kicks by Crown Royal: Melo, KD, Harden and a chance to win a $100 gift card

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Our great friends at Crown Royal have decided that the Reign On Spotlight which ran every Sunday during the 2013 NFL season could use a counterpart on the hardwood. Thus, over the course of the second half of the NBA season, we, as a part of Crown Royal’s Center Court program, will be featuring another spotlight of sorts—this one, shining down on the footwear choices made by members of your Cleveland Cavaliers. There is no denying the emegence of “kicks” in the NBA community, be they player exclusives or retro versions some classics of yesteryear.

It’s been a few weeks since our last entry, but there are a few reasons. First and foremost: The Cavs were playing several teams that typically come pretty strong in the sneaker department. Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, James Harden—we wanted to include as many as we could. Secondly…Well, you’ll have to wait and see.

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As promised, WFNY wanted to take this time to roll out another edition of #WFNYCares and provide readers with the chance to win a $100 gift card to NBAStore.com courtesy of Crown Royal. Our good friends know that a disappointing season may be winding down, but there are plenty of great NBA-based items for Cavs fans to purchase.

To enter, all you have to do is comment below with a response to the following question: We already have Melo, Kobe LeBron and others. Who is the next NBA star who should receive their very own line of shoes, brand notwithstanding?

The best reply be chosen by me will be notified via the email attached to their comment ID on Monday, March 31. Good luck to all. And as always, many thanks to the kind folks at Crown Royal! #ReignOn

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Cavs vs. Thunder Behind The Boxscore: HUH?!

kyriethunderOn the second night of a back-to-back against the best of the West following a tough loss to the Raptors, I gave the Cavaliers virtually no chance of competing tonight, let alone winning. But, they did exactly that, it was a star-studded effort for Kyrie Irving, who trumped the duo of Durant and Westbrook with plenty of help from the other four starters to pull off a fourth quarter stunner, capped by a 40-23 run in the fourth that turned a seven-point deficit into a 10-point lead on the way to a 114-104 victory in Oklahoma City.

There were so many highlights late in this one: Alonzo Gee’s steal and power thump on a breakaway, Kyrie’s out-of-state three point answer, Spencer Hawes’s pair of floating left-handed hooks through the lane, Tyler Zeller zipping through the lane on multiple dump-offs, and Tristan Thompson’s bounce pass feed on a backdoor to Kyrie that extended the lead from six to nine with under two minutes to play. But, the takeaway from this one is that the Cavaliers did not back down when Oklahoma City hit them in the mouth in the third quarter and looked to pull away. Let’s dig into some noteworthy numbers. [Read more...]

2013 NBA Draft – All you need to know about the Cavs from Joe Kotoch – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-25

WFNY Podcast LogoI was very happy to be able to get Joe Kotoch to join me a few days before the NBA draft. You should know Kotoch from his website ProBasketballDraft.com and also his work at SheridanHoops.com and his twitter account @probballdraft.

  • Joe Kotoch and where he came from
  • Sports law and agency work
  • ProBasketballDraft.com and their mission
  • NBA fans getting better at looking at the draft analytically instead of emotionally
  • Chris Grant and his ability to keep his secrets this year
  • Teams typically don’t play games with the first pick
  • The Cavaliers want to trade the pick, but they can’t get anyone to pay their price
  • Should the Cavaliers be keeping the price this high?
  • Can the Cavs get LaMarcus Aldridge?
  • Can the Cavs get Shawn Marion or Paul Pierce?
  • The CBA, salary cap and luxury tax
  • The Miami Heat and their incentive to trade Chris Bosh
  • Kevin Durant and the agency switch?
  • Jay-Z, Rich Paul and CAA
  • Does Kevin Durant’s place in OKC seem in doubt now?
  • What do rookies choose when they pick agents coming out of college?
  • What was behind all the negativity surrounding Nerlens Noel?
  • College players and their winking side deals
  • How scary is the representation to a guy like Chris Grant?
  • Do the Cavs think they should be further along in their own development?
  • The Cavaliers keeping Jamahl Mosely who developed Tristan Thompson
  • Can the Cavaliers count on Anderson Varejao?
  • Would anything in this draft shock you three years from now?
  • The Cavaliers and 2014 [Read more...]

Another Cavs blowout brings more ‘fire Byron Scott’ murmurs

Chris Grant, Kyrie Irving, Byron ScottAny time your team is having a 22-47 season, it’s certain to elicit negative reactions from fans about the organization’s head coach. But it’s a very nuanced type of negativity when it deals with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott.

Multiple times this year — notably, after the team started 5-23 — fans have questioned whether he’s the right coach to lead the Cavs into their hopeful playoff seasons down the road. Many have questioned his rotations. Others have questioned his overall toughness. Some have recalled how previous New Jersey and New Orleans teams started to ignore him by the end of his reign.

Whatever your Byron Scott-related point of view du jour, it’s likely that you displayed it on Twitter as the Cavaliers suffered their worst loss of the season, 118-76, on Friday in Houston. This of course followed Cleveland’s loss despite a 27-point lead against Miami on Wednesday. Placed within the context of Scott’s 186 games with the organization, it’s just been another tough week on the job. [Read more...]

Thunder, Lightning, and Kyrie: A Storm Of Epic Proportions At The Q

kyrieibakaWe all know how difficult the weather can be to predict. Who hasn’t been caught on a seemingly bright and sunny day without an umbrella when the skies suddenly open up? The Oklahoma City Thunder strolled into snowy Cleveland winners of 35 games in their 46 attempts this season. Meanwhile, the Cavs were less than 24 hours removed from the embarrassing and lackluster defensive effort against the middling Pistons. The weatherman, whether you take him or her in the form of Vegas, analysts, fans, or even this writer, failed to forecast this one correctly and was fooled yet again. It was the quick shower that was C.J. Miles’s bench production, followed by a wall of smothering, low-hanging clouds in the form of Marreese Speights, capped off by the lightning bolts coming off the kicks of Kyrie Irving that lit up Quicken Loans Arena and the surrounding stratosphere and propelled the Cavaliers to a 115-110 victory over an Oklahoma City squad poised for a deep playoff run. [Read more...]

WFNY Stats & Info: Comparing Cavs’ momentum to the Thunder’s

Yesterday, we started off a new series in the WFNY Stats & Info column. Today, I follow up on some of the same themes.

After looking at breakdown of the Cavs relatively improved play in their last 15 games, I couldn’t resist looking into how it compared to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008-09. As I wrote at great length in The Diff on Wednesday, that was Kevin Durant’s second year and Russell Westbrook’s first. Let’s look at the numbers.

2012-13 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cavs efficiency in first 28 games (record: 5-23): 99.1-105.9 (-6.8)
Cavs efficiency in last 15 games (record: 6-9): 102.9-106.4 (-3.5)

2008-09 Oklahoma City Thunder
Thunder efficiency in first 32 games (record: 3-29): 97.6-107.1 (-9.5)
Thunder efficiency in last 50 games (record: 20-30): 103.7-108.1 (-4.4)

Obviously I don’t want to get ahead of myself. The sample size isn’t quite there yet. It’s impossible to truly say they’re similar situations, at all. And as comments and tweets replied back yesterday, the Cavs’ recent easy strength of schedule could certainly be a factor. But it’s just a neat comparison.

Digging deeper, the Thunder fired P.J. Carlesimo after starting 1-12 that season. They then kept sliding to 3-29 under Scott Brooks until eventually figuring it out. Their 20-30 run then led to a 50-win season the next year, and they’ve been great ever since.

Dare I say the Cavs are going to be that good that quickly? Absolutely not. But it’s undeniable they’ve looked and played more competitively recently, even without Anderson Varejao in the lineup. And they seem to be carrying a decent amount of momentum that should carry over to higher expectations in the 2013-14 season.

[Related: The Diff: Franchise comparisons for the Cavaliers]

Silver lining on the Varejao injury, the rebuild moves forward

Anderson VarejaoIt’s hard not to feel some pain for Anderson Varejao after hearing the news that his knee contusion was in fact a torn muscle in his leg. Memories of Andy winning the game with a buzzer beating 3-pointer against Atlanta, and giving Ray Allen the business during a national televised game against the Celtics are two of my favorite moments I’ve enjoyed at the Q. I’ve really never enjoyed watching basketball more than watching Andy and LeBron fly around the court together.

That being said, Andy’s injury increases the Cavs’ chances of completing a successful rebuild.

The longer Andy is off the court, the worse this team is.

The worse this team is, the more ping pong balls they have in the lottery.1

The more ping pong balls in the lottery, the better chance of landing a superstar.

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Footnotes:

  1. The lottery is won with a winning four ball combination. For simplicity’s sake let’s use ping pong balls as the example instead of how many four ball combinations a team has. []

NBA Playoffs Showing Cavaliers How Hard Building a Championship Team Really Is

Even with Kyrie Irving in place, the Cavaliers still have much work to do

With the NBA Finals drawing near, it’s only natural for fans of teams not currently playing basketball to look on from a distance, wondering what it must take to be one of the teams representing their conference in the Finals.

Make no mistake about it, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a very long way away from getting there. The first key component is in place. Kyrie Irving was everything the Cavaliers were hoping for, and more, in his rookie season, but when you consider the 4 Conference Finalists, it’s clear that much work needs to be done.

In the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder have Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden1 as part of their “Big 3”. The San Antonio Spurs featured Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker.

The Eastern Conference Finals have their own clash of “Big 3s”. The Boston Celtics have the original Big 3 in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. Not to mention Rajon Rondo, who is currently better than any of the original Big 3. The Miami Heat have the most infamous Big 3 in the NBA with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. if you count Serge Ibaka in that group, they actually have a “Big 4” []

What kinds of fans is the NBA catering to now?

I want to root for the Cavaliers and the Cavaliers only. I’ve stated that a lot of times over the past year. I don’t want to watch superstar matchups on TNT and crack about Craig Sager and the boys back in the studio unless the Cavaliers are playing. This season that meant that I didn’t watch a TNT broadcast all year long.1 More and more though, I think those TNT fans are the target market of the NBA. And now, I have proof, albeit anecdotal.

I was walking around Aurora Farms the other day and I ran into a pack of dudes who were probably high school seniors. Certainly old enough to drive themselves to the conglomeration of stores. They were white kids, walking around talking about the NBA all wearing jerseys.2 One had Kevin Durant. One had Derrick Rose. One had the Houston Rockets iteration of Tracy McGrady and one had Raptors Vince Carter.3 They were quizzing each other on facts about their respective guys as I happened to run into them in both the Nike and Under Armour stores.

“Hey. Do you know what number Durant wears for the Olympics?”4 They were really having a lot of fun talking about the NBA while wearing their jerseys in a clear Cavaliers market with nary a Cavalier represented among them. [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. OK. I watched one game when my family and I were driving to Orlando for vacation and it was on in the hotel bar somewhere in Georgia while I was unwinding with a beer. But I didn’t control the TV and I couldn’t hear the sound, so I don’t think it counts, really. []
  2. They had neither sleeves nor the proverbial “guns” to justify going sleeveless, but that’s irrelevant to the story. []
  3. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the McGrady and Carter duo were cousins just like McGrady and Vince Carter are? []
  4. The answer is 5, BTW. []

NBA All-Star Game Box Score: West 152, East 149

Kevin Durant was named the game’s MVP.

West

Team Statistics: Starters for West
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Bryant(notes) G 34:48 9-17 2-5 7-8 -8 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 27
C. Paul(notes) G 30:57 3-7 2-5 0-0 -5 0 5 12 2 1 0 0 1 8
A. Bynum(notes) C 5:31 0-3 0-1 0-0 +8 1 3 1 0 1 1 1 0 0
K. Durant(notes) F 37:23 14-25 3-8 5-7 -2 3 7 3 2 3 0 1 0 36
B. Griffin(notes) F 31:26 9-12 1-2 3-6 -13 3 8 3 1 2 0 0 3 22
Team Statistics: Bench for West
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 62-116 12-34 16-26 18 46 33 11 14 1 4 12 152
Percentages .534 .353 .615 Team Rebounds: 12
R. Westbrook(notes) 27:31 10-17 1-4 0-2 +3 5 5 2 1 2 0 0 3 21
K. Love(notes) 18:24 7-12 2-4 1-3 +16 2 7 1 1 3 0 1 0 17
D. Nowitzki(notes) 13:44 3-8 1-5 0-0 +9 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 7
M. Gasol(notes) 13:32 2-5 0-0 0-0 -8 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 4
T. Parker(notes) 12:16 3-5 0-0 0-0 +11 1 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 6
L. Aldridge(notes) 9:48 2-5 0-0 0-0 +5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
S. Nash(notes) 4:40 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

East

Team Statistics: Starters for East
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Wade(notes) G 32:54 11-15 0-1 2-2 +1 3 10 10 4 2 0 0 4 24
D. Rose(notes) G 18:17 6-8 2-2 0-0 +1 1 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 14
D. Howard(notes) C 31:10 4-9 0-4 1-2 -1 5 10 3 1 0 1 1 4 9
L. James(notes) F 32:09 15-23 6-8 0-0 +4 0 6 7 4 0 0 0 2 36
C. Anthony(notes) F 30:20 7-15 0-3 5-7 +6 4 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 19
Team Statistics: Bench for East
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 63-113 14-32 9-12 18 52 40 19 8 4 1 17 149
Percentages .558 .438 .750 Team Rebounds: 7
C. Bosh(notes) 20:08 3-9 1-2 0-0 -6 1 2 1 1 2 1 0 2 7
D. Williams(notes) 18:08 8-11 4-7 0-0 +8 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 2 20
R. Rondo(notes) 15:34 1-3 0-0 0-0 -5 0 2 8 4 0 0 0 1 2
A. Iguodala(notes) 14:11 6-7 0-1 0-0 -2 1 4 2 1 1 1 0 0 12
P. Pierce(notes) 11:07 1-8 1-4 0-0 -11 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 3
R. Hibbert(notes) 10:11 1-3 0-0 1-1 -11 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
L. Deng(notes) 5:51 0-2 0-0 0-0 +1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

Cleveland Sports Quick Hitters

What do you do with those little pieces of news and information that really don’t warrant a full blown post? You bundle ‘em. I give you my Cleveland Sports Quick Hitters for the week-

- Josh Cribbs is in the local news again, for comments about being sick of losing after the Cincinnati game. This is of course the second time this season he’s made comments like this. Despite the coach saying yesterday he has no beef with Josh, sports radio types want to hang Cribbs out to dry for causing chaos in the locker room.

My take: You can’t have it both ways. You can’t want a guy to be honest and feel the same as the fans do, and then call him out for expressing that same opinion. Cribbs has built up a tremendous amount of respect around here for being a guy willing to do whatever it takes to win games. He gets the benefit of the doubt here.

- Scott Fujita needs surgery on his hand, and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said Maiava will likely start, and that he believes Maiava has a chance to be a starter down the road in this defense.

My take: Of course he said Maiava has a chance to start down the road. He has to show confidence in the player. If Maiava is your starter going into next season, then we haven’t solved the LB issues. [Read more...]

David Bazan, LeBron James and Strange Negotiations

I kept true to my word last night for what turned out to be the final game of the NBA season, and I didn’t watch.  I had an exceptionally good distraction as one of my favorite musicians, David Bazan, was in Akron to show off his latest batch of songs.  Admittedly, David Bazan doesn’t care about sports.  During his shows, the Seattle native does mini Q&A sessions with the audience.  When asked whether he was a Seahawks fan, Bazan paused before changing tracks.  “You know, we had a team called the Supersonics.  I always thought sports was about the community,” before trailing off.  Without completing his answer, David Bazan answered it perfectly.  Interesting that Bazan was delivering that message in LeBron James’ home town of Akron while LeBron was losing on an adopted “home” court in Miami.

In the end, Seattle’s loss of the Sonics isn’t the same as a free agent’s decision to move.  As we all know, though, this wasn’t just any free agent.  We are also keenly aware that this wasn’t just any departure.  While sports are ruled by contracts that legally bind parties to terms and conditions, as a business they rely on a very different relationship with fans to make money.  Even if nobody violated any contractual obligations between the Sonics moving and LeBron James leaving in the way he did, they both violated the sense of community that professional sports fosters and relies on to succeed as a business.

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Big Sunday in the NBA: OKC / Memphis Game 7, Chicago / MIA Game 1

It all comes down to this. Win or go home.  Who wants it more? 

These cliches and many others like them, while annoying, are to be expected frequently today from television pundits everywhere.  

Whenever Game Seven’s emerge, like today’s when Memphis travels to OKC for a winner moves on tip at 3:30, these are the things people say to describe the event. 

All true though I suppose, and after Memphis forced the issue with a Game 6 win on Friday we should have a good one today as a result. 

Kevin Durant v. Zach Randolph.  Mike Conley v. Russell Westbrook.  Tough, gritty, defense and inside play colliding with an young, emerging team built on star power.  A team originally from Vancouver going head-to-head with a team originally from Seattle for a right to play in the Western Conference Finals.  Should be fun. 

As will the 8pm game in Chicago, when the Bulls and Heat get underway for Game One of the ECF.  Not as cliche-filled of a match-up seeing as how it is only a Game One, but exciting nonetheless. 

I wish it started around 5pm ET though, but oh well.  I wasn’t up at 5 am tweeting about how excited I was for the game tonight like LeBron was this morning, so I should be able to make it to the end.  An end that would certainly produce more storylines should the Bulls somehow pull this one out.     

A primer of sorts on each game after the jump:

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Kevin Durant is “Doing Things the Right Way”

In Cleveland, it is a rarity of epic proportions for a visiting team, player or fan to get applause from those in attendance.

Shaquille O’Neal received some applause during his introduction on Cavaliers opening night.   Bernie Kosar’s Dallas Cowboys jersey may have sold more units in Cleveland than it did in Dallas. Omar Vizquel could run for mayor, not campaign, and still win in a landslide.  If Zydrunas Ilgauskas was in a random Clevelander’s home, he would be told to just lock the door as he leaves.

But all of the abovementioned players actually played games in the city of Cleveland, for a Cleveland team.  On Sunday afternoon, prior to the Cavaliers getting drubbed by 20 points at the hands of Oklahoma City, All-World forward Kevin Durant was greeted with a warm reception which caught the star player a bit off guard.  [Read more...]

Thunder Rebuild a Process to Follow but Comparable Results Unlikely

Among NBA media and fans, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been the popular model for building a successful franchise for years now.  With the Thunder visiting the Q tonight, fans and media alike hope that watching this team gives Cavs fans a light at the end of the tunnel to believe in.  It’s common knowledge that, in a small NBA market, you build through the draft and you do so over multiple years – not one quick strike – unless, of course, you have a once-in-a-generation superstar holding your team hostage, demanding immediate moves for the present, and threatening free agency departure.

It’s easy to say the Cavs should just do what the Sonics/Thunder did.  And, yes, in an ideal world they should take that approach.  But it strains credulity to think, based upon the half century history and movements of this league, that in 5 years the Cavs are going to be in a position comparable to the present day Thunder.

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NBA All-Star Saturday Open Thread

Daniel Gibson will be the sole Cleveland Cavaliers participant in NBA All-Star Weekend – deservedly or not – and he has his chance to shine Saturday night. Some of the league’s top dunkers, skills competition contestants and three-point bombers will fight for some cool trophies beginning at 8 p.m. tonight.

Follow along as we see if Gibson can ride the momentum of Wednesday’s upset over the Lakers to a clutch performance in Los Angeles. For those who remember, during his second NBA season, he won MVP of the Rookie Challenge and finished runner-up in this particular event. Ball Don’t Lie previewed all of tonight’s fun, and provided this glimpse on Boobie’s chances:

“Daniel Gibson is the smallest participant in a contest that hasn’t been kind to shorter guards all that often. Steve Kerr, Mark Price, Voshon Lenard, Daequan Cook and Tim Legler have all had their luck (Jeff Hornacek had a few inches on that group), but more often than not the shorter, sweet-shooting guards fall, eh, short. Prove me wrong Daniel, and give Cavs fans a thrill in an otherwise tough season.”

While We’re Waiting… Trading Telfair, A-Rod’s 600th HR and Browns O-Line

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com

Say it ain’t so, Sebastian: “They really had to go ahead and make Telfair a throw-in? Telfair was my island of happiness in this hellstorm of an offseason. Whatever happened, I could always look forward to Telfair getting real minutes in an up-tempo system. The man is a genius in the open floor, at least in flashes. He’s just been stuck in half-court systems since his sophomore season. Now he’s stuck in the triangle, not to mention 40 other point guards. I didn’t need to see Telfair live up to his potential as a great change-of-pace distributor/scorer guard in a run-and-gun system. What bothers me is that he’ll likely never get a real chance. This one really took the wind out of my sails.” [Cavs the Blog]

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While We’re Waiting… Cavs/Thunder, Targeting Kyle Wilson, and the Future of Club Trillion

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com

“Because if [LeBron James] scans out West, he’s seeing chaos that only can fuel the idea of Cleveland, woeful Cleveland, finally winning its first championship in a team sport since 1964 and keeping James in town as the savior of northeast Ohio’s self-esteem. The compelling story, of course, is how the Oklahoma City Thunder, who began their move from Seattle with a 3-29 start and represent the very antithesis of all things L.A. and Lakers, are teaching the suddenly staggering defending champs about heart, hustle, energy and, yes, maturity.” [Jay Mariotti]

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While We’re Waiting…Tribe in AL East, LeBron Unanimous MVP, NBA Scoring Title, Vickers on His Way Out?

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com

Tribe in AL East: “Circling back around to the Tribe… Imagine if the 1994 realignment landed the Wahoos alongside New York and Boston. Imagine how the last 16 years would have turned out. Imagine that same empathetic gaze you cast towards the Orioles, except living inside that desperate and forlorn viewpoint every game of every season as you watched the Indians.  Apparently, that’s exactly what former Indians owner Dick Jacobs wanted. I didn’t know that. Maybe it’s common knowledge, but I can’t find reference to it anywhere.  How close did it come to happening? I’m not sure. Peter Barzilai blogged this morning for USA Today about Jacobs’ hopes of landing in the AL East, and the team of Dan O’Dowd, Mark Shapiro and John Hart that, thank heavens, laid down some common sense.”  [Vince Grzegorek/ '64 & Counting]

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While We’re Waiting… Windhorst on ESPN NY, NFL Draft and Efficient NBA Franchises

While We’re Waiting serves up an early morning breakfast buffet of WFNY-esque goodies for your daily viewing pleasure (on weekends too!!) Have something else you think we should see? Send it to our fancy tips email address at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Sportswriter extraordinary Brian Windhorst debuts on ESPN’s New York format with his take on LeBron’s business side: “When trying to understand the psychology of the huge decision LeBron James must make this summer, first you have to meet and understand Cleveland LeBron.

This is perfectly illustrated at just about every Cavaliers home game, where James immerses himself in a level of comfort he’s spent seven years developing.” [ESPNNY.com]

On the same topic, not sure how much this video floated around the other day. Saw it on RealGM and the most fascinating quote is LeBron’s comments about not stopping until he brings a championship to Cleveland. [NBA.com]
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