August 26, 2014

Cavaliers to host Knicks in season opener, play in Miami on Christmas Day

Cavaliers vs KnicksThe 2014-15 NBA schedule hasn’t been officially released yet, but reports have slowly been leaking out with information about some of the league’s marquee matchups. After initial reports that the Cavaliers were going to have to open the season in San Antonio to face the Spurs, Yahoo’s Marc Spears is now reporting that the Cavaliers will actually host the Carmelo Anthony and the Phil Jackson-led Knicks on opening night.

We also have word that the Cavaliers will be playing on Christmas Day for the first time in five years when they travel to Miami where LeBron will square off with former teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The full schedule is expected to be released Wednesday at 6:00 pm.

[Related: LeBron makes first comments at his Welcome Home Party in Akron]

Cavs vs Knicks Behind The Box Score: The Return of Kyrie Irving

BtBS KnicksThey 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.

Basketball is a game of runs. That was certainly the case in this game. The Cavaliers jumped out to an early 18-point lead, but in the 2nd quarter the Knicks came all the way back. In previous seasons the Cavaliers might have folded up, but in this game the team dug in and pushed the lead back to 18 in the second half. The Knicks would close to within 13 again in the fourth quarter, but Kyrie Irving went back to work and the Cavaliers put the Knicks away for good.

For Kyrie, this game was hopefully a breakout game for him. After struggling for most of this season, Kyrie found himself facing one of his favorite teams to play, and he took advantage. He looked aggressive early, attacking the rim, pushing the tempo and looking to keep the offense engaged. This was one of his better games on defense as well. Hopefully this isn’t a one night exception, but instead the start of Kyrie’s return to  All-Star form.

The Cavs have been an up and down team this year, but they find themselves now winners in four of their last five games and have really played pretty solid basketball in five of the last seven. It’s probably no coincidence that five of the last seven games have been at home, and sure, the Knicks are a struggling basketball team right now. But the Cavs still deserve credit for fighting to turn this season around. If they can ever figure out how to bring the same effort on the road, things will really start to turn around.  [Read more...]

Box Score: Knicks 102, Cavaliers 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers got some good news and some bad news before this game started. The good news was that Kyrie Irving would be returning after missing the last couple games with a knee injury. The bad news was that Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller were both sick and would miss the game.

Early on, it looked like the Cavaliers wouldn’t miss them too much. On the first possession Kyrie Irving made a nice pass to a cutting Marreese Speights, who was starting for Zeller, for a wide open dunk. On the next possession Irving knocked down a three and the Cavaliers were off and running to a 5 point lead. They would end the 1st quarter with a 10 point lead.

Things would only get better from there in the 2nd quarter, as Speights would go off for 21 first half points and the Cavaliers lead would swell to 22 points. Midway through the quarter Carmelo Anthony took an awkward fall and decided he had enough and went to the locker room and wouldn’t return to the game.

So easy win for the Cavs right? Nope. Instead a miserable collapse occurred in the 3rd quarter and the Cavaliers executed poorly down the stretch in the 4th to allow the Knicks to steal a win in the Q.

After letting the Knicks get ahead by 6 with about two minutes left, the Cavaliers made a mini run to make it a game and out it within Kyrie’s reach. After an Irving layup with 40 seconds left put the Cavs within two, Ray Felton came back on the other end and looked like he had a clear path to an easy layup, but Tristan Thompson came out of nowhere to swat the ball out of bounds with three seconds left on the shot clock. On the ensuing inbound play, Amare Stoudemire missed a quick jumper from the baseline, but Tyson Chandler knocked the ball back to Jason Kidd, who was quickly fouled by Irving.

Kidd would miss the first FT to open the door. He made the 2nd to give the Knicks a 3 point lead with 6 seconds left. The Cavaliers’ inbound play saw Tyson Chandler on Kyrie Irving. I’m not sure if Irving forgot how much time was left or wanted to try to give the Cavs two shots at tying the game, but rather than use his ball handling skills to create some space for a quality shot, he instead just quickly threw up an ugly looking leaner that Chandler was able to easily knock out of harm’s way. That would be all she wrote for the Cavs.

As we’re prone to saying around these parts, this was yet another frustrating game that you just feel like the Cavaliers fell asleep on and let it get away.


1 2 3 4 T
NY 24 25 21 32 102
CLE 34 27 13 23 97


New York

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Raymond Felton
G 33:23 3-9 1-4 1-2 +16 1 3 10 3 1 2 1 2 8
Iman Shumpert
G 19:03 3-6 2-3 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 8
Tyson Chandler
C 34:34 4-8 0-0 0-0 +12 3 9 2 1 1 1 0 2 8
Carmelo Anthony
F 14:15 1-5 0-1 4-4 -15 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 6
James White
F 4:08 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-78 12-30 18-21 12 40 23 16 9 5 2 18 102
Percentages .462 .400 .857 Team Rebounds: 11
J.R. Smith
37:32 6-17 1-7 5-6 +3 1 7 7 1 1 0 0 2 18
Amar’e Stoudemire
31:54 10-15 0-0 2-2 +13 2 6 2 4 0 1 1 4 22
Jason Kidd
29:57 3-7 3-5 3-4 +5 3 8 1 1 3 0 0 4 12
Steve Novak
20:10 4-7 4-7 3-3 -3 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 15
Pablo Prigioni
8:18 1-2 1-2 0-0 +1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Marcus Camby
6:45 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Chris Copeland
DNP – Inactive
Kenyon Martin
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Kurt Thomas
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Rasheed Wallace
DNP – Inactive


Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Kyrie Irving
G 36:15 9-20 2-5 2-4 -11 1 5 6 3 1 0 3 3 22
Wayne Ellington
G 26:32 2-7 1-4 2-2 -15 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
Marreese Speights
C 31:54 10-14 0-0 3-4 -18 2 8 0 1 1 0 0 2 23
Tristan Thompson
F 31:42 6-9 0-0 2-4 0 2 8 0 2 0 1 2 3 14
Alonzo Gee
F 29:40 3-9 1-4 3-4 -7 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 6 10
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-73 6-20 17-24 6 31 25 14 9 2 5 18 97
Percentages .507 .300 .708 Team Rebounds: 6
Luke Walton
28:34 1-1 0-0 0-0 +8 0 0 12 2 1 0 0 2 2
Shaun Livingston
23:16 3-5 0-0 2-2 +17 0 1 5 1 1 1 0 0 8
C.J. Miles
22:10 3-7 2-6 3-4 +2 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 11
Daniel Gibson
9:57 0-1 0-1 0-0 -1 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0
Omri Casspi
DNP – Appendectomy
Kevin Jones
DNP – Coach’s Decision
Anderson Varejao
DNP – Inactive
Dion Waiters
DNP – Illness
Tyler Zeller
DNP – Illness


Some Thoughts on the NBA on the Eve of Season Tip-Off

Happy NBA Season Eve everyone!

Tomorrow the NBA season kicks off with a TNT double header featuring prime matchups between the Celtics and Heat, and the Mavericks and Lakers. But there is one other game tomorrow night, and it’s the most anticipated and sure to be the most watched game of the three.

That’s right, tomorrow night one of the great “rivalries” in the NBA resumes when the Washington Wizards visit our beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. Ok, yes, I’m being facetious. Nobody outside Washington and Cleveland cares about this game, and the Wizards and Cavaliers are not “rivals”, and they never were. But that doesn’t mean we Cavalier fans shouldn’t be filled with excitement over another season about to tip off.

We’ll cover more on the Cavaliers specifically tomorrow, but for today, I wanted to kick off general NBA coverage with some overall generic thoughts on the NBA as a whole. There’s been some huge moves in the offseason, and another monumental shift occurred this weekend when the Oklahoma City Thunder traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets. So lets get into some of the main storylines of this NBA season (along with some musical interludes to enjoy as we go along). [Read more...]

Box Score: Cavaliers 103 Knicks 120

Well, the Cavaliers played a good first half. And then everything fell apart in the 2nd half. Some outstanding defense from Tyson Chandler, some great 3-point shooting from Steve Novak, and a nice distribution of scoring among all their players helped the Knicks run away with this one.

Really just a sad display of poor defense, poor effort on the defensive glass, and a lack of effort down the stretch from the Cavaliers. Not much more to say on a frustrating night like this. Something tells me Byron Scott is going to have a few things to say to his team in the locker room tonight.


Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 33:51 8-18 2-7 4-4 -19 0 3 7 4 1 0 1 3 22
A. Parker G 18:09 4-4 1-1 0-2 -7 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 9
S. Erden C 8:47 2-5 0-0 0-2 -7 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 4
A. Jamison F 38:01 9-20 2-4 3-7 -17 2 10 2 3 1 1 1 4 23
O. Casspi F 20:04 1-2 1-1 2-2 -6 1 7 1 2 0 1 0 3 5
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-82 9-20 18-27 15 43 21 17 2 4 6 31 103
Percentages .463 .450 .667 Team Rebounds: 9
D. Gibson 29:51 3-7 3-5 4-4 -10 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 13
T. Thompson 29:27 5-9 0-0 1-2 -5 6 8 1 1 0 1 0 5 11
A. Gee 27:56 1-9 0-2 4-4 -11 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 2 6
R. Sessions 17:24 3-4 0-0 0-0 -5 0 4 4 3 0 0 0 2 6
L. Harangody 9:59 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
S. Samuels 6:31 1-3 0-0 0-0 +2 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 2
M. Harris DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Hollins DNP – Coach’s Decision

New York

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Lin G 33:22 6-12 0-2 7-9 +13 2 5 13 1 1 0 1 3 19
L. Fields G 19:54 1-6 0-1 0-0 -4 0 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 2
T. Chandler C 31:19 4-7 0-0 5-10 +5 5 15 0 1 3 4 0 2 13
C. Anthony F 34:02 9-16 1-3 3-5 +12 1 5 4 0 0 0 2 3 22
A. Stoudemire F 27:49 4-11 0-0 6-7 -1 3 5 0 3 0 1 0 3 14
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 43-85 6-20 28-42 14 42 30 8 10 6 4 22 120
Percentages .506 .300 .667 Team Rebounds: 15
I. Shumpert 21:51 5-10 0-1 2-3 +14 1 2 1 0 3 0 0 1 12
J.R. Smith 20:08 4-8 0-4 3-6 +15 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 11
J. Jeffries 19:37 2-2 0-0 2-2 +14 2 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 6
S. Novak 17:20 6-9 5-8 0-0 +13 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 17
B. Davis 14:38 2-4 0-1 0-0 +4 0 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 4
M. Bibby DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Douglas DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Harrellson DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Head to NY to Face Jeremy Lin and the Surging Knicks

Cavaliers hope to beat NY again, as they did in January

Let’s be honest, this is the matchup everyone’s been waiting for, right? Kyrie Irving vs the PG who puts the Lin in Linsanity. That’s right, the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-19, 10th in the East) travel to “basketball mecca” to take on the Jeremy Lin and the New York Knickerbockers (17-18, 7th in the East).

The Cavaliers will be looking to bounce back from a very tough loss last night against the Celtics. If there’s any team for the Cavaliers to bounce back against, it would seemingly be the Knicks. In their last 20 matchups, the Cavaliers hold a 16-4 edge. Last April when the Knicks beat the Cavaliers, it snapped a 11 game win streak by the Cavaliers. The Knicks haven’t won consecutive matchups against the Cavaliers since they had a 4 game streak against Cleveland in 2005-06.

Of course, most of those wins came with LeBron James wearing the wine and gold. Now it’s Kyrie Irving’s turn to carve a legacy with Cleveland against the Knicks. Standing in his way is the story of all stories, Mr. Jeremy Lin. [Read more...]

LeBron James Signs Extension

This is not an April Fools Joke. I know you think it is, but it’s not…..not exactly, anyway. It’s more of an ironic play on words that coincidentally falls on April 1. In case you haven’t heard, LeBron James and Nike have agreed on a long term contract extension. Terms of the deal have not been announced, but reports indicate it is another 7 year deal.

For Cavalier fans, this deal is a rare win in the game of reading LeBron’s words and actions for clues about his future. It’s a win because the deal does not contain a location clause which would escalate the value of the deal if LeBron signed with a team in a major market such as New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago. LeBron’s first deal with Nike, signed before he was even drafted, contained a clause which would have paid him more money had he signed a deal with a major market team in 2007 when he first could have become a restricted free agent.  [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #61: Knicks at Cavs

Cavaliers vs KnicksNew York Knicks (20-38) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (46-14)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Monday, March 1, 2010
7:00 PM EST

I’ll be honest, this isn’t the happiest point of the season for the Cavaliers and their fans. We’re still waiting for Z to come back, now we find out Shaq will be out 8 weeks recovering from his thumb surgery. Then you add the fact that LeBron is currently hobbled with the thigh injury he suffered against Toronto, and factor in the fact the Cavaliers are playing the Knicks, so every NBA site of course feels the need to talk about LeBron going there. All these things just add up to a somewhat gloomy and overcast feeling right now. But under the surface, there’s plenty of good things happening, too. Leon Powe has returned and is going to be seeing a lot of playing time, Antawn Jamison continues to look better and better every game, and whereas it initially looked like Hickson’s development was going to be halted due to the depth on the team, now he’s going to continue to get the minutes he needs to further his improvement. Hopefully the Cavaliers can provide fans another uplifting moment by showing the Knicks precisely what all these “inferior role players” on the Cavs are capable of doing.   [Read more...]

Mo Williams: “You Can’t Underrate Home”

Mo Williams Hugs Gloria James (Tony Dejak - AP)

Mo Williams Hugs Gloria James (Tony Dejak - AP)

As the major media outlets continue to speculate on the future of LeBron James, Cavaliers guard Mo Williams recently attempted to rein everyone back in with his thoughts on what just may be going on in the head of LeBron James.

“I’m not really too concerned about it, because I know his heart and his love is here in Cleveland,” Williams told [David Aldridge] last week. “I know that. Just like anybody else, we love the New Yorks, we love the Miamis, we love the L.A.s, we love the Torontos. That’s probably the most underrated city. We love those cities. But you can’t underrate home.”

Which has me thinking.  For every time that the ESPN’s of the world want to play Empire State of Mindon loop to the point where Jay Mariotti has to pretend to be hip, where’s Kanye West and Chris Martin’s Homecoming[Read more...]

Open Thread: Cavaliers at New York Knicks

Cavs at New York Knicks | Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
8:00 PM EST | TV: ESPN | Radio: WMMS/FM 100.7  | Line: Cavs (-8)


AP Photo

Apologies for running out of time on a Cavs preview for tonight’s game.  Needless to say, this team really needs to get ahold of some sort of identity.

The Knicks and Mike D’Antoni will come with a ton of running and three-point shooting.  Al Harrington – a center - plays like a shooting guard.  Danillo Gallinari has buried a slew of threes already this season.  Larry freaking Hughes has been playing like the guy we thought we traded for.

If Mike Brown rolls with the two centers on the floor again, it could be fatal.  Again.  LeBron James is bound to get quite the ovation by Knicks fans, so at least we have that going for us.  He always seems to up his game at MSG, so it can only help, right?

Feel free to follow along in the comments, but please keep in mind that we have a policy.  If you want your comment to show up, adhere to it.

Cheers, folks.  Have a great weekend.  Go Cavs.

While We’re Waiting… Protesting a Protest, DeJuan Blair Rumors, and Cavs Head to NY

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 in the sidebar.

simpsons-mob-torchesMore on the “Brown Out”… “Folks, including commenters here, and Tony Rizzo, and Mike and Mike, have congratulated Randall for obtaining so much apparent support for his cause, and for his success in getting Lerner to meet with him and Schaefer, as though that in itself was an unqualifed good.  But it’s not.  It’s an abuse of power. [...] Because when ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and just about every other national sports media outlet in the country writes and talks about Randy Lerner meeting with Browns fans, and you are the most vocal of the only two Browns fans who these outlets are writing and talking about, then you do represent Cleveland Browns fans, whether you like it or not, and no matter what you self-servingly say.” [Cleveland Frowns]

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Cavaliers Slow Start Fueling LeBron Rumors

Jay-Z and LeBron JamesIt was bound to happen. Shortly after the buzzer sounded and curtain fell on the Cavaliers’ morose 0-2 start to the season, it was evident that the whispers would be starting the next day. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the mainstream national media is going to see the Cavs struggle as an opportunity, and they will waste no time to pounce. And, of course, who else would get the ball rolling other than Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski? In a column that was intended to either insinuate doom for the Cavaliers or else to chastise owner Dan Gilbert for his overt support for Issue 3, he points out that the Cavaliers 0-2 start means certain peril for the LeBron era in Cleveland.

I could do a whole other post on both the ridiculousness of Dan Gilbert using the Cavaliers as a political platform to push support for Issue 3 and on the needlessness of Wojnarowski throwing this argument in to a column about LeBron’s future plans, but that’s for another day. What is prevalent to today, though, is Wojnarowski’s rather daunting and bleak outlook on what the Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s takeover of the New Jersey Nets means to the Cavaliers in the context of this 0-2 start.  [Read more...]

Larry Hughes Going Back to Cleveland? Um, No.

Larry HughesIf there was a Mount Rushmore of NBA Writers, I’m not exactly sure who would all be on it. What I can tell you, though, is that one name that would probably get some consideration (in some circles) is Sam Smith. The former Chicago Tribune writer who covered the Bulls beat in the MJ era and currently writes exclusively for the Chicago Bulls’ official site ( probably earned his most fame for writing his essential must-read book “The Jordan Rules”.

I cannot think of another book that influenced my love of the NBA more than this book. In a few hundred pages, Sam Smith tears down the curtain between fan and player and gives anyone who will dare to look a peek inside the world of the NBA athlete. The book followed the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls team as they overcome no shortage of inner turmoil and jealousy in order to rise above and win their first NBA Championship. But most importantly, Smith writes the book in such a way that we can’t help but feel like we’re the ones inside the locker room with the team. The book is a masterpiece and it has cemented Smith’s place in the pantheon of great NBA writers.

Unfortunately, it seems these days Smith is more interested in ruffling feathers and spreading (seemingly) baseless rumors. [Read more...]

New York’s Obsessesion with LeBron Continues


Of their six featured articles, three explicitly refer to LeBron James.  In the main article regarding Chris Duhon, the crux revolves around the Knicks’ inability to improve their point guard situation because of 2010.

Oh, and there’s that whole “countdown” to LeBron’s free agency in the left sidebar.  Tampering much?  Nope, not over the top at all.  Especially for the next 270-plus days…

(chest bumps to Vince G. at the Six-Four)

Cavalier Countdown

LeBron James took his world tour to the set of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. He was promoting the book Shooting Stars. It was a fun interview, and worth watching for a couple reasons. The most important reason is it might remind you that Cleveland’s best team starts training camp in less than a month. (All players must report to camp by Oct. 2, which is media day.)

galley-boyThe second reason to watch is because it is simply enjoyable. My daughter has a number of different types of dolls. Occasionally I see her playing with dolls that are from different sets, and thus a huge size difference is created. Seeing LeBron come out to Jon Stewart’s set reminded me of that. He really different fit at the desk, and absolutely towered over Stewart. It had a high ‘unintentional comedy’ value as Simmons might say. My favorite was when LeBron was talking about God given abilities, and Stewart asked how funny it would be if God had given him the ability to dunk and LeBron was given the ability to be a smart alec. [Read more...]

Gloria James: “LeBron’s a Hometown Boy”

It isn’t often that NY-based media would print something like this, but in the light of all of this Cablevision talk, the Post comes through with the latest:

Knick fans who are counting on LeBron James to join the hapless team after his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers expires next year had better have a Plan B.

The hoops star’s mother, Gloria, told Page Six it’s not happening. “He’s a hometown boy,” she said. LeBron grew up in Akron, Ohio, but his home now is Cleveland.

Again, this isn’t LeBron saying anything one way or the other, and the constant back-and-forth is enough to drive fans crazy.  We’ve discussed the Akron-Cleveland thing ad nauseum over the last few months so the fact that Cleveland is actually mentioned as a “home” has to be worth something.  I’m not sure how reliable the Gloria James quote is, but if anyone is in the know, I assume it would be her.

From One 23 to Another…Stay In Cleveland


Alright, I admit it. The headline may be a little misleading. Still, Michael Jordan was asked recently about LeBron James and his impending free agency. I was a bit surprised to hear that Jordan said anything about it at all, considering his involvement with the Bobcats. But Jordan, speaking to a New York Daily News reporter, had this to say-

“He’s made his mark in Cleveland. I know New York fans would love to have him, but you need a lot more components than just one player. He’s done a heck of a job in Cleveland and they deserve to have him there. He’s from that area. In terms of the game itself, small markets can benefit from it a lot more than the big markets can. That’s not a discredit to New York at all.”

This is of course nothing we haven’t been saying for months- even years, but it is nice to have Jordan on our side for once.

Jets Sign Mark Sanchez to Rich Rookie Deal

Just like when we all sat back in satisfaction when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Kellen Winslow to his giant contract, we should all take a moment and sigh in relief as the Jets sign Mark Sanchez.  The Jets seem to have come to terms with the draft pick that they got from Cleveland on draft day.  Mark Sanchez’ deal is for five years and potentially as much as $60 million.  The real number to look at is the guaranteed $28 million.  That is $5.6 million per year in guaranteed dollars.  That is about a 27% raise over the #5 pick in last year’s draft, Glenn Dorsey who received $4.4 million per year in guaranteed dollars.

This is not to say that Mark Sanchez won’t earn every one of those dollars and then some.  He very well might.  He could be the next Carson Palmer out of USC and be really successful.  The point is that he better be for the Jets’ sake.  The risk of taking a guy to lead your team that high is that whether he turns out to be that guy or not, he is going to get paid regardless.  Not to mention the fact that the tendency is to build around the quarterback.  You would hate to be building a team for a captain who might never be capable of taking it over. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Changing of Eastern Guard, Mitch Albom on LBJ and Malcolm’s Tour de NFL

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Not so much fun when the tables are turne, eh Boston?  “The Celtics (60-20) became champions last season by developing an unshakeable unity from training camp on, a dominant home-court advantage, and a set of stars supported by a diverse group of role players including a couple late-season veteran pickups. They had the best regular season record, shattering records along the way and doing it with a ferocious defensive identity. Shift those circumstances to this season and you have the Cavs’ (65-15) season story, substituting James as the centerpiece, of course. Whether intentional or not, the Cavs have followed the path the Celtics blazed to the NBA title last season right down to a vintage victory song and dance and its irritating effects on the recipients. ” [Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer]

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NFL Rumors: Brett Favre to Cleveland?

SPORT NFL FOOTBALLWell, not officially as a player, but the invite is there as a mentor.

In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Browns head coach Eric Mangini discussed several different issues ranging from last year’s Jets meltdown, all the way to what he plans on doing with his new team.  If you’re one that think that Mangini did not get along with his former quarterback, guess again.

“He might come out to training camp to visit,” Mangini said. “Maybe I will have him do the show team or just hang out.” [...]

“I don’t think it would be anything formal,” Mangini said. “It’s not like we are hiring him to run the scout team. I don’t think he would be interested in that. He would be more like a visitor. An open invite.”

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