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Posts tagged ‘Byron Scott’
Posted: December 2nd, 2010

Halftime: Cleveland coach Byron Scott not happy with team. Charles Barkley said the Cavs shouldn’t be chatting it up with James on the bench. Says it’s lack of being competitive.
1. LeBron James starts Q hot.
2. D-Wade is just as hot.
3. LeBron scored two easy buckets and Cleveland called timeout early in Q.
4. When Miami got it rolling, Cleveland started giving up. Weak fouls.
5. LeBron caught a lob pass from D-Wade with one hand and laid it in.
6. 88-55 Heat with 2:50 left. Wow.
7. A little rowdy nature in the stands. Drunk fan arrested.
8. 20 points in the Q for LeBron.
9. LeBron to the rim again – and 1 (Missed FT 36 points, season high 22 in third).
10. LeBron ended Q with 38 points (24 in the Q – went 1o of 12). His last bucket, messed with Cavs fans Miami 95-65.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: November 30th, 2010

LeBron James returns Thursday. Enough said.

Even though the Miami Heat are 10-8 and playing way below the expectations set by themselves and all of us around them, I’m sticking with my preseason prediction that they’re one of the favorites to win an NBA title this season.

Of course the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are the No. 1 favorite to three-peat, but the Boston Celtics are looking really good right now. They just pounded the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-87, last night.

Now the question is will this make Cleveland coach Byron Scott just chew out his team and jolt the Cavaliers into playing their best game of the season against James and the Heat or will Cleveland put up an initial fight before folding up shop.

Can’t wait to see it Thursday and see if my other prediction holds true.

When James left for Miami, I said he’d score 42 points in his first game against Cleveland. The logic behind it was simple.

James is wearing No. 6 for Miami. He played seven seasons in Cleveland.

Six times seven equals 42.

The bigger question is will Miami win? What you think?

Posted in: NBA
Posted: September 28th, 2010

Rookie guard/forward Christian Eyenga had a good time Monday at media day, but will he be a factor for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season is the question.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers opening training camp today, the one thing I look at is to see what first- or second-year players they have that may get sent down to play for the Erie BayHawks.

This year, the Cavaliers have a couple who may wind up spending time in Erie in second-year small forward Danny Green and rookie guard/forward Christian Eyenga out of the Congo.

Let’s look at Eyenga first.

He was the guy the Cavaliers picked in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft,  but he decided to go back overseas and play in Spain. Didn’t feel as if he was ready for the NBA.

Not sure if he’s ready now, so I asked Eyenga point blank Monday at media day if he’d be open to getting sent down to the D-League.

“I’m open to it, but I want to make (the Cavaliers),” he said. “I’ve been working out to stay on the team and get some minutes. I know that they have the option to send me to the D-League, but I’m working hard to make the team.”

At 6-5 and 210 pounds, Eyenga has talent, but he didn’t average a lot of points (3.9 in 29 games for DKV Joventut Badalona) in Spain, but he’s athletic. So many would categorize someone like that as being raw.

So depending on how new Cavaliers coach Byron Scott uses him, Eyenga could be that energy guy off the bench or see his share of action in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks.

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Posted: July 26th, 2010

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded the tough, but troubled Delonte West.

Very interesting trade here.

In their attempt to rebuild after losing LeBron James in free agency, the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded gritty, but troubled combo guard Delonte West and young  journeyman guard Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Ramon Sessions, center Ryan Hollins and Minnesota’s second round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The Cavaliers officially announced the trade about a hour ago.

First off, big ups to my man Marc Spears at Yahoo! Sports for getting that out there to the masses. He just tweeted a few minutes ago the Timberwolves will waive West and trade Telfair.

Hmmm. If true, that’s sad, particularly for West.

For Cleveland, it’s all good on a variety of levels. The Cavaliers rid themselves of West, who for all his toughness on the court, was shaky off it. He just plead guilty to weapons charges dating back to last summer when he got caught with those guns. He isn’t going to jail, but will be on house detention.

So for the Cavaliers to get that burden off their neck can only help them. I interviewed West several times and he was always open and honest with me. You hope he does get it together.

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Posted in: D-League, NBA
Posted: July 9th, 2010

New head coach Byron Scott and new general manager Chris Grant addressed the media Friday afternoon about LeBron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, majority owner Dan Gilbet’s comments about James and the future of the Cavaliers.

Grant said Gilbert is entitled to his opinion in regards to what Gilbert said about James. Scott described Gilbert as being “passionate” and he’s still excited about coaching the current Cavaliers.

Posted in: NBA

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