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Losses, Yankee hats and cigars, oh my

By admin Published: May 24, 2006

Don't know where to begin, so I'll riff...

--Cavs lost the series in Game 6, not Game 7.  Though what happened in Game 7 ought to be a lesson.  Cavs need a new offensive strategy.  It's not that Mike Brown's system doesn't work, I mean the Spurs use it.  Obviously the Cavs changed what they do after Hughes went down, but the system was not designed with all the Cavs weapons in mind.

--Before you talk about any trades/signings, etc., the first thing the Cavs must decide is how they are going to play offense.  They know how they are going to play defense.  If they want to join the hip trend of playing fast then they have to go that way.  If they have another idea, they'll do something else.  Yes, this directly involves Zydrunas Ilgauskas.  I have plenty of information on this but I'm holding off until I get into the paper.   Based on what I'm hearing Z will be a topic in the front office.

--Two things discussed widely in the last week re: LeBron's future. A Detroit columnist refreshed the New Jersey Nets/Jay-Z rumors by saying LeBron's Nike contract had a clause that would make it "double" if he played in Chicago, NYC or LA.  Second, some suggested LeBron was trying to send a message by putting his Yankees cap down on the table during his Game 7 postgame press conference.

I've only written this about a dozen times, but here does again: LeBron's Nike contract does not have location escalator clauses.  He signed the deal for the maximum penny the night before the lottery, a lottery the Bulls, Knicks and Clippers were in.  That was three years and three days ago and the deal has four more years to run.  Some of his other deals do have such clauses, but even if those endorsement deals tripled they would not cover the difference in him signing with the Nets rather than the Cavs.  Sure, you can argue that if he did go there he could get new deals.  But that isn't what people are writing.  It should be pointed out LeBron hasn't had a new sponsorship deal in more than two years and the word on the street is that Nike is still a long way for breaking even on his products.  Don't assume anything as far as his pitchman status goes.

Now, the reason LeBron took the hat off is because due to the new NBA dress code he is not allowed to wear a hat during an interview.  He wears a Yankees hat all the time and has for years and all his buddies/staff members do as well.  If you want to analyze the angle of how the hat was placed and all that junk, feel free.

All I can do is go by what he tells me.

--I will be an in studio guest along with Michael Reghi for several hours today on Kenny Roda's show on 850 AM starting at 3 p.m.  Feel free to call in and ask questions.  I will also be on More Sports and Les Levine for an hour tomorrow taking calls on the Cavs.

--After being forced to spend what seemed like weeks in Auburn Hills, I must say the area grew on me.  Especially after I found a ritzy and great little burgh called Birmingham.  It's a wealthy area to say the least. Tom Reed loved it, especially after he found this cigar store where he tricked the cashier into selling him $15 cigars for $5 and came back and did it again the next day.   But there was some sporting goods store where Reed stopped in to buy a pair of shorts that took the cake.

All they had in this smug area was lacrosse shorts and Tom only found one pair in his size, in dark blue.  At the counter, another all too nice cashier asked if he was sure he wanted them because they were Duke Lacrosse shorts.  Tom went back and got a smaller size with the Virginia logo.   What a wimp.

More to come, I'm sure.


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