Nice how things change so drastically and so quickly in the NBA. In the season preview that I wrote about the Cleveland Cavaliers one year ago, the five things to watch included Andrew Bynum, Anthony Bennett and Mike Brown’s defensive schemes. Obviously, things have changed dramatically as the Cavs head into the 2014-15 season. With a mere 952 words in Sports Illustrated back in July after Chris Sheridan broke the story two days earlier, LeBron James single-handedly changed the direction – and
LeBron James can play the rest of his career on the equivalent of one-year contracts. It has exposed a loophole of sorts in the CBA while making him the most powerful man in the NBA. Nobody saw this coming, but when James signed a two-year deal with Cleveland and had an opt-out included after Year One, the entire power structure of the NBA changed. If the Cavs don’t keep him happy, he’ll leave — that is the implication that goes along
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been unbelievably lucky with the NBA draft over the past few years. Since 2011, they have netted the No. 1 pick, No. 4 pick, No. 1 pick and another No. 1 pick this summer. Unfortunately, not all of them have necessarily panned out as hoped, with Dion Waiters still trying to figure out what his role is in the league, while Anthony Bennett had one of the most forgettable seasons in NBA history for a No. 1
What can one write where all has practically been written already? What was once a 100-percent confirmed source has now confirmed itself. LeBron James is leaving the Miami Heat behind and returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. James made Decision 2.0 known with an Instagram photo and an essay published on Sports Illustrated.
Fandom has to hurt for the joy to be most fulfilling — you have to care, you have to risk suffering — and LeBron James has now pushed all of South Florida and Northeast Ohio right to the edge of that cliff. Exactly four years after The Decision, the basketball world still awaits The Decision II. And with LeBron James finally set to meet face-to-face with Pat Riley and the Miami Heat on Wednesday in Las Vegas, we finally may be close to
The search for a new head coach is over for the Cleveland Cavaliers after hiring David Blatt from overseas on Friday on a 3-year deal worth $3.33 million annually.
I recently moved to Ohio, a couple hours down the Turnpike from Cleveland, and a couple hours (but a more complicated drive) from Detroit. I’m not sure how this is going to affect my NBA allegiances. When I lived in Baltimore, the obvious choice was the Wizards, but sharing with Washington people goes against a lot of the things I believe in. In Halifax, the Raptors were the de facto local team, but they played halfway across the country, and
The Cleveland Cavaliers hit the jackpot by leaving the NBA Draft Lottery with the No. 1 overall pick for the third time in four years. What’s even more amazing than winning the lottery in three of four years? How about the fact that Cleveland’s “human luck charm,” Nick Gilbert, wasn’t in attendance as Joe Kotoch points out in his latest mock draft. Will the No. 1 pick be enough to make a possible trade for Kevin Love and entice LeBron James to