BOSTON – Opening night, at last. Coupled with the fact that the Cavs vs. Celtics is on national TV and this is should be fun to watch. It’s rare when there’s drama associated with the first game of the season, but the Celtics raise their championship banner and get their rings tonight. The Cavaliers said that they won’t be on the court to watch. That I believe. You only have to look into LeBron James’ eyes to see that will be the caseTo read more or comment...
As I expected the Cavaliers are generating mixed feelings among prognosticators and NBA experts out there with respect to how they will do in the coming season. Some believe the addition of Mo Williams won't make a lick of difference. Others believe otherwise.
Sporting News' Sean Deveney predicts the Cavaliers for second place finish in the NBA Central. No big surpirse there, but he asks the one question that has to be on the minds and tongues of Cavs fans throughout Northeast Ohio:
COLUMBUS - It’s fun and mirth at Schottenstein Arena tonight. This is one of those situations where I will happily bid adieu to the NBA’s preseason. I suspect the goal in this game is as we’d expect in the fourth game of the NFL’s preseason – come out unscathed all while working up a sweat and giving the good folks of Cbus a good show. I’ll confess, it’s difficult for me to see what Coach Mike Brown is cooking up here for the season. To answer a couple of questions I’ve seen in the comments section on the blog: he’s not particularly worried about the two-guard spot. About the only thing that’s sure is that Wally Szczerbiak will be coming off the bench. Tonight look for Delonte West to start in that spot.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND - The Cavaliers come into the fifth pre-season game tonight looking for their first victory against the 76ers, a team that has some serious prospects in the Eastern Conference this year courtesy of Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller and Elton Brand, who bolted the Los Angeles Clippers during the off-season for the cold and cash in Philly.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND - Different uniforms and players tonight. What fun. I’ve been seeing too much Celtics green lately. And I saw too much of downtown Pittsburgh after dark while looking for Interstate 579 Tuesday night after leaving the Petersen Event Center.To read more or comment...
UPDATED - Sorry, guys. I thought this updated before making the late-night trek from Pittsburgh. Included are post game comments and audio.To read more or comment...
PITTSBURGH – Did you know that the city of Pittsburgh was built on a series of winding, rolling hills? That’s great if you’re into that type of stuff, but when you’re trying to find a college campus where two NBA teams are playing in a college arena, it’s not exactly a treat.To read more or comment...
Check back later for tonight's game blog featuring the Cavs. v. the Celtics. Gee, sound familiar.
I'm about to head out the door and hit the road for the trip, which is more than I can say for big man Ben Wallace, who'll be staying in Cleveland to get treatment on his tight back.
Sasha is doubtful for tonight's game.
To those who continue to read this, I may be walking around in a haze for just a couple weeks, so be it. Everything has a learning curve, even covering an NBA team with the most popular player on the planet in his hometown paper...errr...blog...Yeah, well you know what the heck I'm trying to say.
Ran across one piece while browsing the innertubes this a.m. comparing the offseason moves made by the Cavaliers and Toroto Raptors. How apropos considering they just squared off last night. Everyone in the league knows that the Cavs got Mo Williams in an off-season trade.
The Raptors, they got Jermaine O'Neal from Indiana Pacers. With big moves, come big expecations and HoopsWorld's Tommy Beer has a great take on it. O'Neal attracted plenty of interest in the offseason - even from the Cavaliers, Mike Brown said last night.
And on a completely different note: I mentioned in this part of cyberspace Cavaliers owner Daniel Gilbert got some heat regarding his comments and continued insistence on the national level that LeBron James will eventual bolt the snowy roads of Northeast Ohio for the Great White Way of New York City. Hey, after all, it's the only city big enough for him.
James told fans at a voter registration rally that he wouldn't be going anywhere. Apparently, even the prospect of James not taking a bite out of the Big Apple is unfathomable to Joe DeLassio of New York Magazine. It's must reading.
Anyone whose read me in my nine years at the ABJ knows that for the first seven, I was the paper's movie critic. I've spent a lot of time in New York and Los Angeles. At times it felt like too much. New York, great place to visit but... You can finish the sentence. Most New Yorkers, depending on where you are in the city are a down home lot. While covering movies, however, I felt more comfortable with the hotel staff then I ever did with studio executives.
With that Manhattan crowd, there was always this sense of disbelief that I could never want to live in NYC with its $2,500-a-month rent for 900 square feet of space, the smell of horse sweat, horse urine, and pretzels. With my proclamation also came a hint of condescension. You know, NYC is the center of the universe. Yada, yada, yada to borrow from its native son, Jerry Seinfeld.
First, let's deal with the two-ton elephant in this cyber room if you will. I ain't Brian Windhorst. Although he and I possess the same physique, I've got about 13 years on him and I have a much better tan - much better. I'd like to say he's a friend. He's taught me a few things about hoops and the Cavs in particular, but he and I are different people. So, by all means, feel free to bash me in different ways. That being said, let's take a look at what's happening with the Cavaliers in the NBA and a couple of things fans may want to check out:
First stop John Hollinger at espn.com and his look at the Cavaliers and their prospects for the season. I've never been one for trying to predict how sports teams will perform in any given season. Why? Look at the Cleveland Browns right now. Nor can you ever account for X factors such as team chemistry.
No one knows what effect that the addition of Mo Williams will have on the Cavs. Judging from just one performance Saturday, the upside will have fans salivating. Williams brings a dimension that the team's not seen since Andre Miller wore the wine and ...err...orange and blue. Hollinger in his preview expects the Cavs to be a five seed for the playoffs. Yours truly can only say: we shall see. He may have something with this thought, however: