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Cuban Speaks and More

On July 8th, 2010 at about 9:27pm, what were you doing.. oh wait never mind that question. I think we all know what happened on that Thursday evening. LeBron James announced his decision to “take his talents to South Beach” and join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to complete super team.

On September 15, 2010 another man voiced his opinion about what seems to be an epic “decision”. After hearing many voicing their opinions about the so-called “King”, Mark Cuban followed people such as; Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith and many others about LeBron James decision to move to Miami.

Take that LeBron

“LeBron has every right to go wherever and do whatever, whatever team he wants to,” Cuban said. “Going to the Heat was his choice, those guys working together. I don’t even have a problem with the three of them working together, as long as they follow all of the NBA rules, which I think they did.

However, what he did have a problem with was the common answer anymore; how he did it.

“Where I think LeBron made a mistake, was in how he did it. I don’t even have a problem that he had the TV show. But it turned out to be the largest public humiliation in the history of sports. He humiliated the organization, he humiliated the state of Ohio , the city of Cleveland. All of a sudden he became a bad guy, he lost a billion dollars in brand equity, give or take a couple bucks here or there”.

Mark Cuban also voiced how much he felt that LeBron James made a decision to leave Cleveland but left for the wrong team.

“I told his folks that I think he got bad advice. It’s not about ‘Can he move?’ He can move, he can play for any team. I think he picked the wrong team (chuckles). There’s a team in Dallas that could have used him and that would have been better served but it’s his choice. But the way he did it I thought was just a huge mistake.”

Isn’t amazing how much one players decision to play for a team would cause so much aftermath? Or is it more amazing that this player hasn’t even won one championship yet?

Other Notes

–The Cavaliers hired David Griffin as VP of Basketball Operations this past week. This after Griffin declined job offers from Denver, and the Suns.

–Here is something funny for all the LeBron haters. Apparently LeBron was headed to the Miami, Ohio State football game this past Saturday as everyone already knew. While headed to the game he asked for the entire Columbus police crew and Ohio State Campus security to protect him during the game. The police department told him they will give him one officer and Ohio State campus security told him no. Good for them, it’s about time that LeBron realizes people aren’t going to bow down to his feet anymore.

Keep your heads up Cleveland,

Jake Dorow

Cavalier Catch-Up

So as the season is finally closing in and training camp is right around the corner, the Cavalier summer has been full of ups and downs and plenty of surprises. There is no surprise that the latest news with the Cavaliers was by the name of Shaquille O’Neal.

Shaq just can’t leave go a summer without having some type of limelight over his glistening bald head. He can’t just leave a team peacefully anymore, he leaves a team and he rips a team.

The latest? Shaq took a shot at his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Talking with John Reid of the Times Picatune, O’Neal stated that he joined Boston because of how unselfish they are.

Shaquille O'Neal ripped his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers

“I like that they play together and nobody really worries about shots, ” O’Neal said. “When I was with Cleveland, guys who couldn’t even play were worried about shots. Why was Mo (Williams) taking 15 shots, and I’m only taking four? If LeBron takes 20 shots, that’s cool.”

How dare Shaq rip the Cavaliers like that? However, I think the real question should be; Why does it matter what Shaq thinks? While I saw this all over the internet on September 1st (I know I’m behind) I was tweeting and thinking to myself how dare him? But really, why does it truly matter what comes out of that man’s mouth?

This coming from a guy who once stated that he found basketball nirvana last season in Cleveland, and also stated that the Cavs were the best team he had ever been on. He also talked about how great the team chemistry was and how wonderful the locker room was.

–On other news, current Antawn Jamison was in Paris this past weekend for the “NBA 5 United” basketball tournament organized by Adidas. Jamison expressed how disappointed he was coming up short in the playoffs. “It was difficult, it was really difficult”. Jamison also went on to say “it was a blow” when asked about former Cavalier and teammate LeBron James on his “decision” to take his talents to South Beach.

– Former Cavalier Guard Delonte West also signed with a former team. Unfortunately it was not the Cavs but the Boston Celtics. He will fit in nicely alongside Rondo and Allen in the backcourt. I wish him nothing but the best as I loved in Cleveland.

Until next time Cavalier fans,

Jake Dorow (Keep Your Heads Up)

P.S. Please excuse the delay on some of these news

August 26th notes for Cavalier fans

No big blog tonight as there is not much to talk about tonight. Since “The Decision” and some signings by the Cavaliers there really hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about. That is besides the Cavaliers jersey changes, if you don’t know what I’m talking about just scroll down. Other than that here are some updates notes for us Cavalier fans.

–The Cavs are reportedly looking at Juan Dixon. Try not to jump out of your seat in excitement

This could be the newest member of the Cavaliers soon

–Danny Ferry is officially back with his old team, the San Antonio Spurs. He will be back working in the front offices. I liked Danny Ferry so I’m glad he got a good job with a great franchise.

–According to GM Chris Grant , Anderson Varejao and his ankle will be ok for training camp. He will not miss anytime.

–Also according to GM Chris Grant, new head coach Byron Scott has not made up his mind on who will start at the 4. Everyone is saying JJ Hickson will start but Grant insisted that the position is wide open.

–Chinese investment group that was supposed to buy 15% of the Cavaliers last season never went through. It was reported that the Cavs and the Chinese group will never bond.

Hang in there Cavs fans,

Jake Dorow

Cavaliers get “New” look

Fans in the greater Cleveland area should all be well-known with the saying “wine and gold”. That of course is implying the Cleveland Cavaliers, and their colors and ever since 2003 when the former “King” was drafted first overall.

This past week however, Cleveland announced the new uniforms that the Cavaliers will be wearing for the upcoming season. However, stating that the Cavaliers will be wearing “new” uniforms could actually be a false statement.

Austin Carr playing in the original wine and gold uniforms

The expression, “wine and gold” is actually the “original expression” of the Cavaliers archetypal colors. The expression goes way back when the Cavaliers franchise first started in 1970, and “wine and gold” was born. Under then head coach, Bill Fitch the team compiled a league worst 15-67 record. The original expression of “wine and gold” was said while some of the greatest Cavalier players ever played. Such as; Austin Carr, Bingo Smith, Jim Chones, Dick Snyder and Campy Russell.

For the 2010-2011 uniforms the wine will be deeper and the gold will be brighter-reflecting the Cavaliers traditional uniforms.

2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers uniforms

“The response from our fans related to our classic uniforms and merchandise has been tremendous over the last several seasons, especially our original wine and gold color mix items,” said Tracy Marek, the Cavaliers senior vice president of marketing. “As a result, we’re very excited to bring the spirit of the original expression of wine and gold into our brand full-time for the future.”

Cavaliers will be emblazoned in wine across the “new” uniforms in the home jerseys; and Cleveland in gold will be on the road wines. Also there will be a “C-sword” on both sides of the shorts.

The thing that sticks out the most in the uniforms will be on the back of the neck- “All for one. One for all”. A slogan the fans and franchise has used throughout their playoff runs, but this time might imply something more than just the playoffs.

UPDATES:

Anderson Varejao sprained his right ankle while playing for Brazil’s national team in Spain on Wednesday. However, he is not expected to miss any time.

Former Cleveland guard Delonte West was suspended 10 games with the plea of gun charges.

With Rudy Fernandez on the trading block, the Cavaliers are not expected to go after the sharp shooter.

Until next time Cavalier fans,

Jake Dorow

Making Strides

It was announced on July 26, 2010 at about 9:43 pm that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota TimberWolves have agreed to a five-player trade. The deal was finally agreed upon after weeks of speculation that in the near future these two teams would pull the trigger.

After Minnesota signed Luke Ridnour, speculation began that the Wolves would be putting one of their guards on the trading block. With a crowed backcourt, Sessions name became the most targeted.

Ramon Sessions is now a Cavalier

Cleveland has been the center of the Ramon Sessions talks and has been high on their lists since Minnesota opened the phone lines. For weeks the speculation finally ended.

The Cavaliers traded guards, Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair in return for guard, Ramon Sessions and center, Ryan Hollins. The Cavaliers also in the trade received a future second-round draft pick.

Minnesota received a non-guaranteed contract in Delonte West in which could save them close to 4.6 million dollars. Also they received a young point guard in Telfair who could develop into a solid role player. However, the trade could question the thought process of the TimberWolves and David Kahn. They wanted to trade Sessions because their backcourt is crowed and in return they got two-guards. However West and Telfair are both combo guard with the same style of play, which could tell the Wolves are not done dealing.

For the Cavaliers, it was a great move. It shows they are moving on from the LeBron James era. It shows that they will be patient and not overspend for below-average players (Kyle Lowry/Matt Barnes). Ramon Sessions could be the perfect fit along with Mo Williams in a run-and-gun offense under newly hired head coach, Byron Scott.

“In Ramon, we’re excited to add a young, multi-dimensional guard” said General Manager, Chris Grant.

Sessions has averaged for his career, 10 points per game along with 4.7 assists. A combo guard that is very good at passing and an average shooter (44%) in 24 minutes a game.

The Cavaliers finally have a center to work around

As for Ryan Hollins, he is a young athletic center. Standing at 7 feet, 240 out of UCLA, he has a chance to be a very solid contributor for the organization. Last season he averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebound a game in only 17 minutes a game. His numbers have gotten better every year since he was drafted in the second round in 2006. “We’re adding a young, athletic center”, added Chris Grant.

“We think both Ramon and Ryan are really good fits for this team”, stated Chris Grant.

The Cavaliers also added another future draft pick. The Cavaliers are now starting to acquire draft picks as the rebuilding stage has officially started. We’re also happy to add another asset for the future with the additional draft pick,” said Grant. “At the same time, we’d like to thank Sebastian and Delonte and wish them well in the future.”

Whatever happens with this trade, at least the Cavaliers are making strides.

The REAL Slap in the Face

While us Cleveland fans are still trying to clear up the dust that LeBron James left from his car tires heading to Miami, LeBron James is doing things in South Beach for the Heat organization that many aren’t taking lightly.

Ever since LeBron James told the Nation he was headed to South Beach he has been acting a little different. What I mean by a little different is he is recruiting players to come to Miami.

LeBron is a changed man.

LeBron met with Derek Fisher at the airport and was the first to greet him. He has called former Cleveland Cavalier teammate, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and convinced him to sign. LeBron has also reached out to Jawad Williams, another Cavalier that he played with. He also has talked with good friend, Mike Miller, Joel Anothey and Jamal Magloire. James might have done more recruiting as well that hasn’t been reported. While LeBron is recruiting hard and trying to convince players to take less money to chase a Championship, Cleveland may see this as a slap in the face.

Where was this when James was in Cleveland? He might have done as much recruiting in 2 weeks for the Heat than 7 years for the Cavaliers. Sure he might have tried to convince players to come play with him in Cleveland but not like this.

Also what about taking less money for the Cavalier organization like he did with the Heat? If he truly wanted to win a Championship for Cleveland, why didn’t he take less money here so the Cavaliers could offer other star players the max deal?

This guy is a true Cavalier

What about signing an extension 3 years ago? That way the Cavaliers could actually build around him and not make short-term moves that would cost them in the long run?

With LeBron recruiting so hard down in Miami, Clevelanders have to wonder, was his heart really in Cleveland to begin with?

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