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As reported by ESPN Chris Broussard, Dwight Howard has told Orlando Magic management that he would like to be traded, and preferrably to the Brooklyn Nets…again.

Not that I don’t think this is news worthy, but how many times are we going to report Dwight Howard changing his mind? I mean there has to be a point where we just wait and see what the Magic do with him right? Or will we be the village in the story of the boy who cried wolf and respond every time Howard changes his mind between paper or plastic.

We all know, and have known that Howard doesn’t want to be in Orlando, and the only way he stays is if Brooklyn finds way to relocate itself to the south. Howard will eventually be traded, the Magic just have too much to lose to just let him walk for nothing in return. However, I don’t want to get text message alerts every time Howard changes his mind.

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It’s always fun to go back and look at what people were wearing years back and say ‘ you used to wear that?!’. From funky color patterns, to the box top fade, there are just somethings some athletes will never be able to live down. And 20 years from now we’ll look back at the draft class and ask the same questions. Until then, let’s enjoy the hilarity that is this photo of Jim Jackson (drafted by the Dallas Mavericks), Shaquille O’neal (drafted by the Orlando Magic) and Alonzo Mourning (drafted by the Charlotte Hornets).

 

Cavs Draft Possibilities

The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday and the Cavs currently hold the 4th and 24th overall picks. With the Wizards, Bobcats and Rockets all making trades the last few days, the options for the Cavs have really opened up.

The Cavs who are in dire need of a wing player will more than likely have their choice between Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes at the small forward position. The Cavs cant’ go wrong when choosing between these two soon to be rookies, even though they provide different contributions. Kidd-Gilchrist is thought to be a defensive maven, dangerous in transition and excellent at moving off the ball and driving the lane. While Barnes is a solid defender, excellent mid-range offensive game, and can catch and shoot with the best of them.

My fear with Barnes is, he struggled last year creating off the dribble, and creating space against competition that was smaller and slower. Now while that can be attributed to growing pains of a young player, I’m not so sure how quick he will improve that part of his game, once he starts consistently playing against guys who are stronger and faster than his counterparts at the college level. I’m not going to completely out rule the possibility of growing, but for most players that have the same struggle; it’s something that follows you to the league. However, many believe that Barnes has a game that will translate to the NBA, given his height and big frame and that is sure to fill out once his body matures.

With Kidd-Gilchrist, the knock on him is, his jump shot is pretty weak. While this is something you can improve on, his shooting motion may be something that delays the process. What works in his favor is, defensively he’s 100% committed on that end of the floor. As previously stated, he’s good in the open court and in space. He’s also a solid rebounder, which poses a threat to the defense when you have a 6’7’’ guy barreling down the court on the break.

Rumblings have been the Cavs could take Bradley Beal, who at 6’4’’ is considered to be undersized to play the shooting guard position. However, is a lights out shooter who has the ability to take you off the dribble and get to the rim and finish strong. Scouts say he’s a willing passer and plays with a high basketball IQ.

While Beal is an option, I just don’t think you can play with a backcourt of two players that are 6’4’’ with Beal and Irving. You leave yourself open to, too many mismatches on the defensive end when it comes to playing against some of the bigger guards in the league, as well as pick and roll situations with switches.

The Cavs as a long shot could choose to take one of the big men that will fall to them at #4 between Thomas Robinson and Andre Drummond. Though they are in need of a solid center to allow Andy Varejao and Tristan Thompson to play more at their natural position of power forward, I don’t think that would be wise considering you’re already grooming one young big guy. I’m not sure you want to bring in another one in considering we know typically big guys take a little longer to develop than other positions, based on all they have to develop, post game, foot work, help defense etc.

If I were the Cavs picking at #4 I’d go with either Barnes or Kidd-Gilchrist, while leaning hard on the side of Kidd-Gilchrist. I believe the fact that he should come in and be a solid defender from day one helps the team immediately. I have more faith that you can fix his jumper faster than you can fix Barnes’ issue with creating his own shot. Kidd-Gilchrist at the moment is a better ball handler and they both finish well in the transition. However, I’d prefer to see Kidd-Gilchrist in a Cavs uniform.

 

 

Video game maker 2K sports has released the cover for the latest basketball game 2K13, which has scoring champion Kevin Durant, high flyer Blake Griffin and currently injured Derrick Rose gracing the cover. While the 2K series is a great basketball game, a game that I’ll probably purchase again when its released. Their covers are quite lame, when compared to other big games. Not that a lack luster cover is going to stop me from purchasing, however, there’s something about cover art that is nostalgic to shopping experience.

Nevertheless, I wonder what changes they’ll make to the game this season, the addition of the Jordan mode last year was pretty neat, and from friends I’ve heard the online experience is really nice, especially compared to other games.

ESPN sat down with LeBron James after winning his first NBA title and broke up the conversation in 3 parts. In my opinion in this interview he comes off humble, understanding that he can’t as narcissistic as he has before. From the earned not given  t-shirt, I thought he did himself good with this interview for those giving him a fair shot to earn his way back into their good graces. For those who don’t like him, and look for any reason to discredit him, the interview will do nothing.

If you haven’t seen the interview, check out the video below of the full interview.

During the offseason in any sports you’re prone to hear any and everybody’s name in some kind of trade rumor, whether valid or not. Remember the summer where Kobe was rumored to be on his way to Chicago? So if there were once rumors about Kobe, what makes you player x so special. Which brings me to Luol Deng who is basically admitting that all the talk of being moved is getting to him. Here’s what Deng had to say to an ESPN reporter.

“I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors, but as an athlete, if you get caught up in them, you are really wasting your time because it’s not something you can control. If it’s not true, a GM could always come out and say it’s not true. But if a GM doesn’t come out and say it, there are probably talks. And there should be. If I was a GM I would be shopping players around, too. I’ve got to show that I’m doing something. As much as I want to stay on the team — I love Chicago, I love the Bulls — at the same time, I know the business part of it. Sooner or later, all the rumors are going to come up.”

From that quote, it would be easy to jump on Deng as being an overly sensitive athlete, but he does admit to understanding it is a business, the only thing I would criticize is his stating his undying love for Chicago and wanting to stay on the team. None of that would matter if he was offered an opportunity to go to a team with a better chance at a title. Would he still hold that same love for the Bulls? What about when it comes to contract time, is he going to be willing to take a pay cut for the ‘love’ of Chicago and the Bulls?

I’d venture to say no. I appreciate his candor, however, I can see his words being used against him one day. And whether right or wrong, that’s the way the business that Deng is involved in works.

It would be interesting to see if they do move Deng who the Bulls would bring in. Though a solid player, Deng doesn’t provide enough scoring for the Bulls in my opinion, and though he stands 6 foot 9 inches, he’s merely an average to above average defender. You would think the Bulls would want someone younger that can average 20 points, something Deng has never done in his 8 years as a pro.

New LeBron James Nike Commercial

It didn’t take long for Nike to release a commercial in celebration of LeBron winning his first NBA title. Here it is.

Big ups to Jose3030

Seattle themed miami heat logo

For those who don’t know by now, the Oklahoma City Thunder used to be the Seattle SuperSonics and after failing to come to an agreement on the building of a new arena with city government, ownership decided to move the team.

While I understand the hurt Seattle fans feel for not having their team any longer, from experiencing losing the Browns to Baltimore. However, just like I said about Cleveland Fans, this is corny, it’s lame, and its fair weather at its highest point.

If you’re mad about your former squad being in the finals fine, cool. However, stop with the logos, and shirts and everything else that is extra. Root for the Miami Heat all you want to beat the team that left you high and dry, but don’t be bitter and wack with it. There’s no reason for funky props to show your support.

You come off as the jealous ex, that still isn’t over it, still pining over the details that caused the split, instead of moving forward and looking for someone new.

At some point we have to let these things go, and if you’re not gonna let it go, at least go cry in the car, not on the stage.

 

Being a fan of a sports team can be compared to a marriage, for better or worse your team is your team, good bad, win, lose or draw. So as Cleveland fans love their Cavaliers, is it necessary to root for a team, come up with cornball names and logos to show your support?

Many fans I know are openly rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder to beat the Heat, primarily LeBron. And while I completely understand the angst Cleveland fan feels towards LeBron, can’t you just root against him without adopting another team? I mean, isn’t is kind of corny that your calling yourself a ‘Thunderlier’?

I understand and have come to terms that fans will never let go of the TV special ‘The Decision’ and how disrespected they feel by LeBron. And that’s fine, root against LeBron all day, every day, but aren’t you cheating on your team when you attempt to mesh your fandom with that of another team?

What happened to just rooting for player x or team x to lose? It just seems a little jaded, and bitter that once your team is out of it, that you completely jump on the bandwagon of another. Living in Cleveland, and visiting other cities around the country, I’ll always laud Cleveland fans as some of the best fans ever. Knowledgeable, passionate, and most importantly LOYAL.

Perhaps Cleveland fans are that starved for a championship, that hungry to finally be acknowledged for the heartache they’ve endured, and that’s why they do it.

But I will say this, the pictures of these logos, has got to stop, they’re corny, lame and make you look fair weather. You can root against LeBron without it.

For months there have been rumors that Phil Jackson has the itch to return to the sidelines and coach again and only one year after retirement. The New York Knicks were rumored to be one of the teams that would court Jackson and work his magic to guide the Knicks back to prominence.

According to the New York Times transcripts to an interview with HBO’s Real Sports that will air on Tuesday June 19, 2012, Jackson was asked by Andrea Kremer on his thoughts on the Knicks he had this to say;

“There’s just too much work that has to be done with that team, it’s a little bit of a clumsy team. Stoudemire doesn’t fit together well with Carmelo, Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s got to play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands.”

If I can translate what Jackson is trying to say, basically, the Knicks roster is a mess, and I’m too damn old to go there and deal that.

While Jackson has 11 NBA titles as a coach, it’s very presumptuous that he can go to any situation and turn it around. So much has to come together, your star players have to have a certain mind set to be prepared to deal with Jackson. Also the pressure of coaching in New York and Jackson’s different way of dealing with players, who’s to say that, it’s going to work? Remember with the Bulls and Lakers Jackson had a top 5 player and normally took over the team once they couldn’t get over the hump. The only hump the Knicks are having trouble with are the Wednesday blues. Unless the Knicks make some grandiose move to bring in more complimentary pieces, it’s hard to assume from what we’ve seen that the Knicks are ready to compete for a championship.

Good thing is, this is all water under the bridge, as Jackson says that he was never called, and asked about the job. If Jackson was still interested in coaching, and wanted the Knicks job, I’m pretty sure he could’ve found a way to make his feelings known. Looks to me, he’s fine with his tenure as a Knick only being as a player for now.

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