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Posts tagged ‘Shaquille O’Neal’
Posted: November 6th, 2009
lebron-vs-kobe

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.

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Posted: October 27th, 2009

Boston has started the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 61-47 lead, forcing Cleveland to call a timeout.

What you’ve got to look at is how Mo Williams has been ineffective as far as running the team. See, Delonte West would have better reign on the offense.

Then when Boston drives to the rim, Shaquille O’Neal is not quick enough to get to the play if it’s away from him.

That’s alarming right now. I know it’s the opener, but that’s got to be sewed up.

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

Boston 51, Cleveland 45

The Cavaliers lead by as many as 14 points in the first half only to trail by five at the break.

If I’m Cleveland, these are my concerns.

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Posted: October 27th, 2009

Cavs 44, Celtics 44.

Great game.

Cavs made 5 of its first 6 shots and lead 13-2, but now the game is tied and Boston actually lead by three points.  Here are some things I’ve noticed off the court.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: October 26th, 2009
Bobcats Cavaliers Basketball

Shaquille O'Neal (defending) is eying his fifth NBA ring with 2008-09 MVP LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Let the season begin.

I’ll be in Cleveland tonight for the Cavaliers’ regular-season opener against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.

Should be some scene so check back here from time to time as I’ll provide some pre-game talk, in-game action and post-game analysis afterward.

It’s on.

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Posted: October 20th, 2009

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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: September 19th, 2009
Cavaliers Hawks Basketball

LeBron James is a load to stop. Jarvis Gunter can attest to that.

Switch.

Erie BayHawks center Jarvis Gunter did so on a pick and was left to defend the 2008-09 NBA MVP: LeBron James.

Uh oh.

“I got caught guarding him on a switch for a couple of seconds, but he passed it,” Gunter said. “I just trying to keep him in front of me. Not let him get past me.”

Whew.

Along with former Gannon senior center Kyle Goldcamp, Gunter has been traveling to Cleveland Clinic Courts to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in pick-up games to help the Cavaliers get ready for training camp.

Gunter has got his share of training out of it as well

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Posted: June 19th, 2009
yao-ming

Yao and LeBron? They did team up in an animated commericial heading into the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Since a group of Chinese investors signed an agreement last month with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become minority owners, talk about the Cavs acquiring Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has surfaced.

Now Yao is talking about it.

In an recent interview with his hometown Shanghai TV station, Ming said trade talks involving himself and the Cavs are an “unknown” to him.

Reports have come out of the Cleveland that the Cavs are in trade talks with the Phoenix Suns about acquiring Shaquille O’Neal.

The Cavs have a better chance of getting Shaq than Yao, but are either ideal for them?

Sure it would show LeBron James that Cleveland is serious about winning a championship, but can the Cavs win a title with either Yao or Shaq?

You tell me.

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Posted: June 14th, 2009
APTOPIX NBA Finals Lakers Magic Basketball

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points in leading the L.A. Lakers to a Game 5 victory.

After losing Game 4 Thursday night to fall down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, the Orlando Magic were leaking and the Los Angeles Lakers smelled blood.

So when the L.A. Lakers went on a torrid 16-0 run in the second quarter of Game 5 Sunday, the end result was inevitable.

The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA world champions after beating the Magic, 99-86, in Orlando.

Few expected the Magic to upset the Lakers even though they had upset top-seeded Cleveland to make to the NBA Finals. When the Magic look back at this series against the Lakers, they let Game 2 and Game 4 slip away as they lost both in overtime.

It’s hard to win a  best-of-7 series when you give two games away.

As for the Lakers, this is the 10th NBA title for their Hall of Fame coach, Phil Jackson. It’s the first time Kobe Bryant has won a title without Shaquille O’Neal.

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