MEMPHIS, Tenn.: The NBA’s current draft lottery system will remain in place after 13 teams voted no to a proposal that would make it more difficult for the worst teams to win the No. 1 pick, Yahoo Sports reported. The vote was held Wednesday at the Board of Governors meeting in New York.
The Cavaliers, recently the biggest benefactors of the current system, voted in favor of better balancing the odds between the non-playoff teams, according to Yahoo, which reported the 13 teams that voted down the proposal: the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls.
The Cavs had the worst cumulative record the last four years and won three of those lotteries, but they never won with the best odds. They jumped from the eighth slot in 2011 to win it with a 2.8 percent chance, they leaped from third in 2013 with a 15.6 percent chance and defied the odds again in May when they came up from ninth for another stunning win on just a 1.7 percent chance.
They traded two of those top picks for Kevin Love and now are the favorites to win the East.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: If Monday’s preseason showing was any indication, the Cavs/Bulls series will be the highlight of the Eastern Conference this season.
Kyrie Irving had 28 points and seven assists and LeBron James had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Cavs’ 107-98 victory at Value City Arena.
Cavs coach David Blatt said this would closely resemble a regular season game in terms of rotation and minutes and it certainly did. Four of the five starters played at least 30 mintues, with Anderson Varejao being the only exception. Varejao managed 22 points and eight rebounds in just 23 minutes.
This night might ultimately be remembered as the night Derrick Rose reintroduced himself to the NBA. Rose looked as explosive as ever, blowing by any defender the Cavs put in front of him to score 30 points in only 24 minutes while shooting 12-for-18. Rose added five rebounds, three assists and did not turn the ball over.
He entered shooting just 41 percent in the preseason and 33 percent on 3-pointers. Yet he moved fluidly Monday, making 3 of 4 3-pointers and pulling the Bulls within 51-49 at the half before sitting much of the second half.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Thirteen thoughts for 13 shots by Kyrie Irving in his return in what was ultimately the Cavs' first loss of the preseason...
1. Want to know what leadership looks like? Leadership is James Jones correcting players who were on the locker room floor stretching recently when David Blatt walked in to address the team. Jones told the players to get up, sit in their chairs and give their attention to their head coach.
2. Leadership is LeBron James telling guys not to eat during film sessions. When it’s “team” time, as in any activity that relates to improving the team, James told them all of their energy needs focused on that. There will be no distractions, such as eating.
3. Perhaps even moreso than what they provide on the court, this is why guys like Jones and Mike Miller were brought here behind LeBron. The Cavs haven’t had much veteran leadership in the past. That has all changed.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Just as one member of the Cavs’ Holy Trinity returns to the court, another always seems to exit. As Kyrie Irving returned from a sprained ankle in Friday’s 108-102 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Love sat for what the Cavs called routine maintenance.
Irving had 23 points in 28 minutes, Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James had 12 points while taking just six shots in the Cavs’ first loss of the preseason.
They have now played five preseason games, but Irving, Love and James haven’t played together since the opener two weeks ago. No one seems overly concerned, however, and the hope is the Big Three will play together in both of next week’s games – the final two of the preseason.
“I’m only concerned that we’re all healthy when the season starts,” James said. “We’ll have time throughout practices and regular season games to make the adjustments that are needed. But we need to be healthy. That’s all that matters.”To read more or comment...