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@RodMillerUSA Good points Rod. I'm sure his injury history is being considered. The other thing about Love is that he is 25 years-old. Assuming he can be convinced to sign long-term, he's obviously a player you can win now and in the future with. Assuming you don't have to give up too much beyond Wiggins, could be a risk worth taking. Either way, though, the Cavs are in tremendous position to compete for an ECF. Thanks again
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://stepienrules.com/
@TroyKidwell I like that defensive combo too. The good part of this debate is there is no real wrong answer. Either way you go, there's tons of positives. Will be interesting to see what happens.
@TroyKidwell Yeah I heard Wilkens make that comparison to KJ on the radio recently as well. And he was a backup PG to Mark Price so I get what you're saying on a surplus. But does Andrew Wiggins play LBJ's position? They can certainly play together, but if LeBron is going to be your three? I like Monroe as well. The Cavaliers do need rim protection. But Kevin Love is the best power forward in the NBA and a big three of Kyrie, Love and LeBron is the best Big 3 in basketball. I'll take my chances that Blatt will be able to help instill enough defensive principles to make that lineup work.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://stepienrules.com/
@RodMillerUSA thanks Rod
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://stepienrules.com/2014-articles/matthew-dellavedova-on-lebron-wiggins-bennett-blatt-and-the-westside-market.html
@Sulkanator Thanks alot, appreciate that!
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://stepienrules.com/2014-articles/matthew-dellavedova-on-lebron-wiggins-bennett-blatt-and-the-westside-market.html
@tommyjenkins don't think so. He's a Cleveland guy whose company is based downtown. The commute was probably getting a little rough
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://stepienrules.com/2014-articles/lebron-james-andrew-wiggins-and-the-cavaliers-no-1-pick.html
@TroyKidwell thanks Troy! So same time period. And I guess I'm bias because every time I see Jim Chones at the games I think: 'that is a guy I'd never try to score on inside. Even now.'
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://stepienrules.com/
@vansmak45 @WayneEmbrysKids he def earned one right there
5 months, 4 weeks ago on CONQUERING NARRATIVE: 5 CRITICAL ISSUES THAT CONFRONT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
@SteveStrandburg totally agree
@E_D_Valente Good point on Zeller, he def had a solid first half offensively. In the postgame presser, Brown said Zeller only played limited mins in second half for defensive reasons. Said Cavs were giving up too many easy baskets at the rim so he made a change. Not sure if Bennett played better D necessarily, but that was the reason for no TZ not playing in second
6 months ago on A Brief Oral History of Anthony Bennett's Career Night against New Orleans
@GhostDog9 Good points GhostDog and great White Men Can't Jump reference. I think it's applicable, too. Have to wonder if he's been getting through to these guys. But like you said, I think the presence of Deng along with Varejao could potentially improve that disconnect. Deng's 3Q was maybe an example of this--it kinda helped spark Waiters in the fourth. Hopefully he keeps leading by playing the winning basketball he did last night. Thx man
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Mike Brown Revenge Game: Deng and Varejao Lead Cavs to Victory
@HDTVOHIO always pulling for Oden. He's a good dude. I'm not sure he wanted to come here though or if he will play this year.
7 months ago on The Andrew Bynum Era, Projecting Risk and Pau Gasol?
@hiramboyd thanks Hiram
@jk296502 thanks JK, nobody does it like Cleveland Jackson
7 months, 4 weeks ago on CHRIS GRANTLAND: THE JOY OF ANDREW BYNUM
8 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Takeaways From Cavs Dominating Loss to Timberwolves
@oldseaminer I don't necessarily know, but they do play different positions. Delly is the third PG, Sergey is behind wings like Waiters, CJ, Gee and Clark. That said, I do think Karasev should get some time and they can use some of Gee and Clark's SF minutes combined to get him in there.
Slow Claps. Standing Ovations. Chills. Unreal Mr. Jackson, sir.
9 months ago on CHRIS GRANTLAND: THE CAVALIERS RETURN
Awesome job guys, Nate Thurmond will be totally honored when he hears this
9 months, 3 weeks ago on PODCAVS EPISODE 42: START THE MECHANISM
@Bric I'd be all for bringing Livingston and CJ Miles back too, for sure.
1 year, 4 months ago on Relevant be thy name for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014
@JaredSzari thx for the heads up Jared
1 year, 12 months ago on Some notes on CJ Miles you might not know, who reportedly will sign w/ Cavs | August
@SqipBayless We can agree to disagree Squip. I'm not sure you actually read what I wrote either, but that's irrelevant I suppose. What's great is that you did quote Colin Cowherd and John Salley, that much I can appreciate.
2 years, 1 month ago on LeBron's going to win that Title, and Cleveland will be fine when he does | June
@SqipBayless what are you talking about, Squip?
Good stuff as always Bric. I like the idea of bringing Lighty into camp, always have. I think that David Lighty's ability on the defensive end of the floor gives him an opportunity to play in the NBA over other guys w/ his size and skill set offensively. Think he could be Dahntay Jones-ish, and mean that as a compliment. Dahntay will play 10+ in the NBA. Not sure GW and/or AM are attainable/realistic options though.
2 years, 1 month ago on Suns still interested in Alonzo Gee, how that may impact Cavs Draft and Daniel Gibson | June
@Bric well said as always my friend. Parker should be a coach, and this year was a "postponement of the invite able and an extended audition" indeed. Drawing that #1 lottery ball would be incredible.
2 years, 3 months ago on On the Cavaliers winning and tanking all at the same time this season | April
You're right on that documentary Bric, good stuff. And thanks on that CLE.com article, I appreciate you saying that. I'm glad you guys are enjoying the season too, I think it could be the start to something special around here for sure buddy.
2 years, 4 months ago on Looking back at the Sebastian Telfair, Delonte West trade, and catching up with Bassy | March
Good point on Sessions being the most underrated Cavs player this season. I agree with you on that. He's playing too good to remain a back-up, which is why I think he goes somewhere to start. Whether Cavs trade him, or he ends up doing so later on.
2 years, 5 months ago on On Cavs loss to Knicks, and Tristan, Sessions, Kyrie and D-Rose | March
@Bric Good points as always Bric. I do think - while I don't know and haven't heard anything along these lines from anybody - that Manny Harris on a 10-day like he currently is does have something to do with maybe a Sessions deal down the road. While Ramon is technically a back-up PG - and does play those minutes - he also plays a lot of minutes lately alongside Irving like. So maybe they want to find out if Manny can do that, in the event of a deal. Thanks for the comments buddy.
2 years, 5 months ago on Welcoming back Manny Harris for at least the next 10 days | February
@KWAPT the one that got away...Semih Erden. At least you guys still have Pierce, Allen, Garnett, and Rondo tho.
2 years, 5 months ago on Postgame Reaction To Semih Erden's Dominating Performance: Featuring Tyler Hansbrough, Frank Vogel, and Semih Erden | February
@Bric thx Bric, appreciate that my man.
2 years, 6 months ago on Kyrie Irving Hits 1st Game Winning Shot Of The Kyrie Irving Era, Cavs Beat C's 88-87 | January
@Bric good points Bric. I agree that if Eyenga is used the right way he can be invaluable for sure. He deserves a shot, coupled with the proper support from team and coaching staff. Hope he gets that opportunity here.
2 years, 6 months ago on Christian Eyenga Headed Back To Cleveland To Rejoin Cavaliers | January
@Bric totally agree re: adjustments in CHAR game at halftime. Daniel Gibson will add more quickness at least for tonight in starting line-up, but the main point is you're right: it's a great season to watch for sure so far. One game at a time.
2 years, 6 months ago on Game 13: Warriors At Cavs, Or Watch Out For Monta Ellis | January
@stars85 I was simply referencing that topic that you wrote three paragraphs about. I wasn't complaining. And furthermore, David Stern ABSOLUTELY can require the President of the United States to be available at the White House in accordance to the NBA scheduling guidelines that he sets forth. Can't he?
2 years, 6 months ago on President Obama Calls Dirk's Haircut "Goofy", Then Compliments Him For A While | January
@AndrewSchnitkey Haha-I actually read your piece on the trade Andy debate right after I posted this, great minds-ha. I agree with what you wrote totally in that "ultimately, the decision may rest in what the return for Varejao is" as well. I just have a feeling the return for him right now could be higher than we think it might be come deadline time. I also agree with you too in that there is absolutely no reason to trade Andy "just because" as well. I don't think Chris Grant would do that either, I don't think he operates that way, which is a pretty good sign for this rebuild IMO. Lessons learned from recent eras gone by maybe. Thanks for the comment my man.
2 years, 6 months ago on Al Jefferson Channels His Inner Karl Malone As Cavs Lose To Utah | January
@Bric Bric, honestly I cannot agree with you more regarding the way these two young guys have carried themselves off the court thus far.
I spent time talking to Tristan for a SLAM feature I did on him, and after we spoke for a while, my biggest takeaways were how refreshingly humble he is in addition to how very serious he is about being a good teammate, improving as a player, and simply helping his team win. Kyrie Irving appears the same way too.
This coupled with your point about them both being extraordinary talents, is def pretty exciting. Especially, like you said, when you rewind back to that Ricky Davis led group once coached by Paul Silas.
Great points, appreciate the comment.
2 years, 6 months ago on Numbers Of Reasons For Excitement, As Cavs Beat Bobcats 115-101 | January
@MattLindner Quite possibly, charges may have included hunting without a license.
2 years, 7 months ago on Aminu, Gordon & Kaman Look THRILLED To Be Hornets | December
@Mikethefan Razor Ramon is a great nickname Mike, well played. So first of all, thanks for that. Secondly, on the teams Razor fits with:
1. Knicks - Agreed. And I really do think Shumpert will start at the SG spot this season for NY, he will be good too. Landry Fields was pure speculation on my part, but it is also a good point by you on his trouble adjusting to playing with 'Melo. Shumpert will do his damage in transition, off of defensive steals and turnovers primarily, so for that reason he does fits better.
2. Memphis - I hadn't thought of that, but possibly as a back-up to Mike Conley. They do have a lot of wing players like you said, especially if they sign Battier, but the flip-side of that for the Grizzlies is they also liked some of what Greivas Vasquez brought last season plus they drafted Josh Selby (who will prob play some PG) high in the 2nd round too. So maybe they don't need a back-up PG - technically - however Razor is better than both Vasquez and Selby right now too.
Good stuff man.
2 years, 7 months ago on On Cavs Bringing Back Anthony Parker And Possibly Trading Ramon Sessions | December
@slapdoghoops I'm all for the BD / Kyrie Irving backcourt, but if so I'd like to put the ball more in Kyrie's hands and let BD try to play off him. But...even if you did that, you can't do it for 48 minutes a night and still probably need a seasoned SG with some size at that position on your roster. Enter, AP.
2 years, 8 months ago on On Cavs Bringing Back Anthony Parker And Possibly Trading Ramon Sessions | December
@Charlotte74 I hear you on that, could be a big payday-ha
2 years, 8 months ago on Las Vegas Thinks Cavs Probably Won't Win NBA Title This Season | November
No wonder it took Rubio so long to leave. Can't blame the kid
2 years, 9 months ago on Video: RC Barcelona Cheerleaders, Sure To Make You Press Replay Repeatedly | October
Good points bro. Totally agree on Casspi and Gibson. 70 might be cool on Andy, assuming he rebounds pretty good in that game - not sure what that category was for him. Ramon was higher than I thought he'd be at 72 also, but it might be fair. He'll be one of the best back-up PG's in NBA next season...for whatever that's worth.
2 years, 10 months ago on How NBA 2K12 Ranks The Cleveland Cavaliers | September
@jjkaralis I don't think it's a referrendum on Cleveland so much as it's Derrick Williams admitting that he didn't want to have to deal with the expectations and pressures of being the number one pick in this particular case. No pressure at all up in Minnesota, and there prob never will be either.
2 years, 11 months ago on Derrick Williams Is Relieved He Wasn't Picked 1st Overall By Cleveland | September
@dol17 thx D. Might be a little while before your prediction on that rings as true as your Bucks one did tho. Appreciate it for sure tho buddy, and once the season starts - if it ever does - you're calling in live from IRE!
2 years, 12 months ago on Stepien Rules to Stream Live on CSF Radio | August
that'd be a good look for you bro. maybe if you offered MB free Guinness' next time he is in Ireland you guys can get something worked out on that.
3 years ago on Cre8iveJuice on Graphic Design, Cleveland Sports, and the Cavs | July
Nice work here Matt, well said. #FreeBruce
3 years ago on The Bruce Feldman Suspension Is ESPN's Waterloo | July
@slapdoghoops agreed that you can't teach / coach size, but I don't see how you can penalize the Irving as a prospect b/c there was another guy you'd rather take at one. Think Kyrie really would have lasted to four? That would have been shocking I think had that happened...guess we'll never know tho
3 years, 1 month ago on Grading The Draft | June
@slapdoghoops I was always against that combo draft option, but it will be interesting to see which two players that maybe / could've been had end up with better careers. Kanter / Knight like you referenced, or Kyrie / TT. My money's on Irving and Tristian, tho...
3 years, 1 month ago on Charles Barkley: "If I had the No. 1 pick, I'd have taken that kid out of Turkey" | June
"Quit being lazy and make that 2000" - lol. Real interesting breakdown of the numbers Nagel. Those games against Derrick Williams, the Morris Twins, and Baylor are certainly encouraging. Almost makes sense too when you lay out how he struggled against 7footers too...Chris Jent will have his hands full with this kid for sure.
3 years, 1 month ago on Getting to know Tristan...by the numbers | June
@slapdoghoops Glad to have you back JTS, hope all is well. And you know how we feel about Skyenga around here, he'll make you a believer too soon enough
3 years, 1 month ago on Second Round: Where Cavs Should Draft Best Two SF's Available | June
@AndrewSchnitkey Thanks for dropping by Rock, thoroughly solid piece yesterday.
And good point on the Cavs trading Davis. You're right in that the Cavs would be basically sellers in that sense, forced to sweeten the pot in order to move him. That, coupled with his influence on this young team is enough for me to hold on too.
And Hickson would be coming out the ACC with Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler if he stayed through his senior campaign this draft, and I just think it's too soon to move him also. Plus, I don't think Derrick Williams would be that much better than even the guy at four, say Kanter, that it's worth parting with JJ to move up and snag him.
3 years, 1 month ago on Cavs Trade Bait Talk And Encouraging Draft Speculation | June