The Cleveland Cavaliers made some noise over the summer. Not only did LeBron James make his return home, but he brought plenty of proven veterans with him. Possibly the one with the most to prove of these new components to the Cavaliers is Kevin Love. The proposed trade to send Kevin Love to Cleveland in exchange for the top overall pick in this year’s draft, Andrew Wiggins, could not be completed when the news broke about the parts and places
Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan probably saved somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million by giving center Nikola Vucevic a four-year, $53 million contract extension. At the same time, he probably cost some of his rival GMs millions of dollars down the road. Vucevic’s extension averages $13.25 million. That is more per year than Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah (5 years, $60 million) and fellow All-Star Al Horford (5 years, $60 million). It is also more than Nikola Pekovic (5
The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers has been lauded enough in terms of the impact that it means for the franchise for the upcoming NBA season. What has been lost in this is exactly how much this means for the Northeast Ohio community, specifically that in his hometown of Akron, OH.
We all know that LeBron James is from Northeast Ohio. Akron, to be precise, which is about 40 minutes or so south of Cleveland. Being this close to Cleveland, home of the Browns, you would think James would sport the orange and brown of the “Dawg Pound” on football Sundays. However, that is not the case. The Cavs star is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. He has been known to show his support for Dallas throughout his first stint with the
The NBA has done a lot to make basketball a popular sport around the world. New Commissioner Adam Silver has followed the same plan as his predecessor David Stern. Although the global games first began in 1978 and into 1979, there was a five year gap until Stern entered as the Commissioner. NBA teams were matched against teams from inside and outside the league almost every year throughout his tenure, and there’s been at least one global game played since
By this point, David Blatt’s journey – from the suburbs of Boston to Princeton to Israel, followed by a Magellanesque coaching journey around Europe, a Euroleague title with Maccabi Tel Aviv and finally landing a head coaching job in the NBA with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers – is well documented. But what Blatt has learned along the way and what he brings to the professional game is more than worth chronicling. Maccabi Tel Aviv, Blatt’s former team, just completed its
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and four-time league MVP LeBron James recently made waves when asked about the impact that the NBA’s new television rights deal will have on future collective bargaining (CBA) negotiations. He took a very strong stance. The whole thing that went on with the last negotiation process was the owners was telling us that they were losing money. There’s no way they can sit in front of us and tell us that right now.” SheridanHoops managing editor Chris Bernucca detailed
Finally, we have real basketball action. Yeah, it’s just the preseason, but it’s better than nothing. There are plenty of new story lines throughout the league, and preseason basketball can be a spark to light the fire in some upcoming rivalries. For example, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. They aren’t exactly rivals, but with the “Decision” and “I’m Coming Home” stories that effected both teams similarly, every time the two face off against each other they’ll be under a microscope.