Talking NBA news while listening to Weezer, While We’re Waiting


The NBA has a new TV deal, what does it mean for everyone involved. Who is Joe Harris? This American Life has a new spinoff. Weezer has a new album.

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WFNY’s 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers Preview

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A look ahead to the 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers season and the challenges and hurdles they will face as they chase an NBA Championship.

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Through the Looking-Glass, and What the Cavaliers Found There


There’s a degree of order in life. Certain things fit together in ways that make sense. There are laws of math, and physics, and biology. Unbreakable truths. Anyone who has been watching the recent reincarnation of the show Cosmos on FOX has been able to look on with awe at the sheer depth of scale

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Good riddance, Cavs season: While We’re Waiting

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Yet another uninspired crawl to the finish. We shouldn’t be surprised. This isn’t unique to the Cavaliers, necessarily. Teams in April playoff chases who get eliminated often coast to the end of the season. But just because it’s not surprising, it doesn’t make the end of this Cavaliers season any less disappointing. Above all else,

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Kyrie’s injury, Browns draft thoughts, and The War on Drugs: While We’re Waiting

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Kyrie Irving out at least two weeks. It’s that time of year. The season is down to the final month, the Cavaliers are slipping out of playoff position, and the injuries are piling up. The latest victim is Kyrie Irving, who left Sunday night’s game with an injured bicep. After an MRI revealed a strain

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Kyrie vs Rose: (Almost) The Matchup We’ve All Been Waiting For

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It’s the matchup three years in the making that all of us have been waiting to see. Well, sort of. On Monday night in Chicago, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose will play against one another in an NBA game for the first time. That’s the good news. The bad news is that neither player is

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Cavaliers Seek First Road Win of the Season in Milwaukee

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Writing about basketball teams on a micro game-by-game basis is sometimes a daunting challenge. Not that it’s hard to find things to write about. In the NBA season, there are almost always storylines galore. No, the hard part is deciphering what matters at the 5-game point of the season. A lot of us get over

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Game 4: Cavaliers vs Timberwolves Behind The Box Score

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They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game. A win is a win, right? Blowing 20 point leads is

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Game 2: Cavaliers vs Bobcats Behind The Box Score

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They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game. In Game 1, the Cavaliers played like a Mike Brown team.

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Cavaliers Look To Escape Slow Starts of Past Seasons

You wish the excitement of an opening night win by the Cleveland Cavaliers would last forever, but ultimately, the excitement fades and the grind of the regular season begins. The Cavaliers aren’t strangers to opening night wins. Well, at least not in the post-LeBron era, anyway. Believe it or not the Cavaliers were 2-5 in

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Game One: Cavaliers vs Nets Behind The Box Score

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They say box scores don’t tell the whole story. Behind The Box Score is a new series where from time to time we will attempt to look behind the box score and tell more of the complete story of what happened in the game. Opening nights are generally fun regardless, but there’s simply nothing better

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Cleveland Cavaliers Open the Season with Hope, Excitement, and Something New….Expectations

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Season 44 of Cleveland Cavalier basketball tips off tonight at 7:00 at The Q when the Wine and Gold host the new-look Brooklyn Nets. That much we know for sure. Beyond that, so much of this upcoming season is a mystery. But the nice thing about the unknown is that it can offer equal parts

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2013-14 Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview

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The 2012-13 season for the Cleveland Cavaliers was an up and down season. Mostly downs, but there were some nice stretches of good basketball mixed in. But the recurring theme of an almost defiant refusal to play any defense whatsoever night in and night out became too much for head coach Byron Scott to survive.

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CJ the Great, Masfresco the Mentor


When CJ Miles was selected with the 34th-overall selection in 2005, he had the benefit of landing in a stable environment. Not only did he enter the league with one of the most highly touted point guards in Deron Williams, but Miles was quickly taken under the wings of Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko. During

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Do the Cavaliers Need LeBron James to Contend Again?

In the podcast I did with Craig over the weekend, we talked a bit about the Miami Heat winning streak and whether it’s actually as impressive as it seems. Now, don’t get me wrong, winning 27 straight games in the NBA is always impressive. I cannot emphasize this enough…Their run is amazing. Yet, I still

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Box Score: Hornets 100, Cavaliers 105

The Cleveland Cavaliers made their ESPN debut with Kyrie Irving tonight, and Kyrie did not fail to deliver a performance worthy of the event. The New Orleans Hornets (who I will refer to as Pelicans from here on out because I can’t wait for it to be official) aren’t a good basketball team, but for

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Box Score: Timberwolves 100, Cavaliers 92

Another frustrating defensive evening for the Cavaliers. After having their 3 game winning streak snapped Saturday night, the Cavaliers were hoping to hop back on the winning train facing an injury depleted Minnesota Timberwolves team. Instead, the Cavaliers were left scratching their heads, more questions than answers as to how to get stops on defense

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Box Score: Celtics 90, Cavaliers 95

Boston came into this game hurting. Losers of 3 straight, the Celtics surely looked at this game in Cleveland as a prime opportunity to get things back on track. Kyrie Irving had other ideas. “Mr 4th Quarter” disguised himself as “Mr 1st Quarter” in this one as he came out looking to make a statement

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On the Cavaliers and the Prospects of a Failed Rebuilding Process

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Sometimes you think you know something. And then someone really smart says something that challenges what you think you know, and it makes you look at the subject from an entirely different point of view. And when the context changes, you can sometimes be surprised at what you learn. I love the WFNY Podcasts that

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The Fine Line Between Losing with a Purpose and Just Plain Losing

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It’s no secret that what happens in the 4th quarter often defines a basketball game. One of the more common criticism of basketball, particularly in the NBA, is that the first 3 quarters are irrelevant and all that matters is the 4th quarter. If someone doesn’t enjoy just watching the game of basketball itself, I

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