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Posted: April 17th, 2010
Many say this the best team LeBron James has had entering the playoffs.

On the wait to play in the playoffs: “It’s seemed pretty long, but it’s here now. I’m excited. It’s the best time of the year for basketball in this league. It’s an exciting time for myself and our team. … This is what I’ve waited for. I’ve been quoted the last few days. It’s what we play for in the regular season to prepare for this moment. It’s here.”

On finally having a full team: “It’s been a while. We’ve haven’t a full team for a while, honestly. Guys have been in and out of the line ups. Big players have been in and out of the lineup. So it’s great to finally have everybody healthy. This is the right time to have everybody healthy in the playoffs.”

On how Shaquille O’Neal looks basketball-wise: “He’s looked good. We’ve had a few practices and he’s got an opportunity to practice the last week. He looks pretty good an he’s ready to go.”

On expecting Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to raise their level of play: “I expect everyone to raise the game. It’s the postseason. As far as raise their game, I don’t quite understand the question you’re asking, but it’s the postseason. They have no choice but to raise their game.”

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: November 6th, 2009

Instead of NYC, columnist Sam Smith believes LeBron may join Kobe Bryant in L.A.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers playing at the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden tonight on ESPN (8 p.m.), it gives reason to discuss the possibility of LeBron James playing for the Knicks or the New Jersey Nets after this season.

James will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Just for argument sake, check out Sam Smith’s column on the idea that James may head to Los Angeles to join Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

Now, the question isn’t will or will he not go. It’s more of should he go.

My take?

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Posted: October 27th, 2009

Celtics Cavaliers Basketball

Just finished my game story.

It’s a wrap here in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers lost, 95-89, to the Boston Celtics in the season opener for both teams. The Celtics have proven players, the addition of Rasheed Wallace looked good and he really strengthens their bench.

The Celtics outscored the Cavaliers, 26-10, in bench points.

Thought Shaquille O’Neal looked OK. At least that’s what James said about O’Neal’s 5-for-11 effort. O’Neal started the game 3-for-3, which means he ended it shooting 2-for-8 from the field.

He left some shots short, but did grab 1o rebounds and actually didn’t play too bad of defense. Then again, no Cleveland player shot 50 percent from the field. James was 12-of-22.

In short, the offense needs work. Point blank. The defense is not bad, but then again, the Celtics are going to be hell to guard all year.

With four games in five days, it will be interesting to see how the Cavs look tomorrow at Toronto.

Good night. Got to hit the road.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: October 27th, 2009

Celtics Cavaliers Basketball

I just came out of the visitor’s locker room, which is smaller than a telephone booth, a little while ago, but I can’t get rid of that heavy scent of  Bengay right that roared out there as I hit the door.

That’s an old team in that locker room.

Ya’ll know the Celtics got some veterans in there. KG. Sheed. Ray Ray. Might as well through Paul Pierce in there. Those guys have a combined 52 years of playing experience.

Wow. Clear the cob webs.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: October 20th, 2009


Stephen Jackson wants out of Golden State.

The Warriors want to accommodate him, but are there any takers?

According to Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami, the Cleveland Cavaliers may be. There are reports the Cavaliers are interested in the clutch shooting, but confrontational forward.

Three things to consider on this:

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 27th, 2009
Cavaliers Magic Basketball

Mo Williams and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in deep, deep trouble.

Check out what LeBron James, Mo Williams and Cleveland coach Mike Brown said after the Cavaliers lost Game 4 at Orlando in OT, 116-114, to fall down 3-1 in this best-of-7 Eastern Conference finals series.

Also hear what Orlando’s Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Rafer Alston had to say about the Magic victory Tuesday night.

The big thing to look at in regards to this series is the Magic struggled through their first two rounds of the playoffs. In doing so, they found a toughness within they may never have gained otherwise.

On the other hand, the Cavaliers breezed by Detroit and Atlanta and although they got guys who have been through the playoff wars, they might have gotten too relaxed. Now they have to turn it on somehow and that’s easier said than done.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 18th, 2009
Cavaliers Pistons Basketball

The league MVP is set to get it started against the Orlando Magic


That’s how I fared in predicting the Eastern Conference and Western Conference semifinal series.

Piece of cake.

I mean, Cleveland should have disposed of Atlanta, right. The Cavaliers could have broke out the brooms from the opening tip in Game 1.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a better team than Houston even with star center Yao Ming so without him, the Rockets had no chance even though they showed tremendous zeal in extending the series to seven games.

As for the Dallas Mavericks, the way they fold on a regular, anyone who thought they’d beat Denver must either be related to Dallas owner Mark Cuban or owe Cuban money.

Orlando needed a Game 7 to finally put away the Kevin Garnett-less Boston Celtics, but they did win the series.

So now, who’s going to wind up in the NBA Finals.

Did someone say Kobe and LeBron?

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: April 21st, 2009

The league leader in rebounding and blocks, Orlando's Dwight Howard won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Superman won this time.

LeBron James finished second to Dwight Howard for the NBA’s defensive player of the year award. When asked about it, Cleveland coach Mike Brown gave one of those looks to say, ugh, my guy should have won it.

“Obviously you wish he would have finished first,” Brown said. “It would have been extremely exciting, especially for that award, but I’m so proud of him. It just shown the strides he’s taken in a short amount of time since he’s been in this league.”

Before tonight’s Game 2 against Detroit, James said he’s just happy to finish that high in the voting, but don’t be fooled. This guy wanted that award maybe more than the MVP trophy he’ll receive in the coming weeks.

James made it a goal in the off season to become the best defensive player in the league. Having that experience of barking out the defensive calls the national team in the 2008 Summers Olympics gave him the confidence to lead a team defensively, Brown said.

James has become known for running down offensive players  and swatting their shots into the stands. To him, it signifies he doesn’t give up on a play. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: April 20th, 2009
Pistons Cavaliers Basketball

Cleveland coach Mike Brown was been named NBA Coach of the Year today.

Mike Brown has always professed to wanting to get better as a head coach.

Today, the NBA recognized him as being the best.

The Cleveland Cavaliers coach was named the league’s coach of the year. He received 55 of the 122 first-place votes and a total of 355 points.

Some may say it’s easy to get this honor when a coach has one, LeBron James, and two, the NBA’s best record. It’s not as if that’s not true, but at the same time, Brown has evolved as a coach.

The thing I like about him is he has cultivated his own style. He’s taken bits and pieces from guys he’s worked under and made it work for him. He trusts his staff maybe more than some coaches, but it’s working for him.

After Cleveland lost to the Boston Celtics in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, I said in a column Brown would never get credit if Cleveland wins an NBA title, but will forever be blamed if the Cavaliers don’t win one with James on the team.

If Cleveland falls short of winning a title this year, Brown shouldn’t have to shoulder all the blame and if the Cavaliers win it all, he should be showered with praise.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: April 18th, 2009
Pistons Cavaliers Basketball

LeBron James stared into the crowd after making the 41-foot shot at the end of the first half to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 57-45 advantage Saturday.

It was part of the game plan.

LeBron James takes the ball and makes a half-court shot off the backboard as he did at the half of Cleveland’s Game 1 win against the Detroit Pistons. After hearing Cleveland coach Mike Brown describe the play, he’s made me a believer.

“The funny thing about it is I had :20 (second timeout) left at the time and it’s a play that we had drawn up a few days ago. I would sit there and yell, ‘:20!, :20!, :20!’ and LeBron and everyone else would ignore me and he’d get the ball and take two dribbles and shoot it off the backboard. He didn’t have to call it because we’ve been practicing that same play.”

That Mike Brown is a funny guy.

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