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Top of the morning: One Cavs trade, two lockouts

By Ron Published: July 1, 2011

And now we have two lockouts.

If you dig deep into these situations, you can see why they are taking place. But to the average fan, watching the tit for tat has to be worse than watching the ketchup slide from the bottle.

In the case of the NFL, the lockout appears to be late in the fourth quarter with an outcome arriving in time for the season to start on time.

The NBA, not likely. From my conversations with Jason Lloyd, this could be a long one. The season might have under the Christmas tree.

With that in mind, the trade of J.J. Hickson was in some way affected by the lockout. Hickson struggled to stick with the game plan of coach Byron Scott, and the Cavs management team thought they would need at least one more full season to see Hickson really would fit in their plans. With the a short season likely and a player they say they coveted in Omri Casspi available, bang, you get a trade hours before the lockout strikes.

Here is what else is on Ohio.com.

Jason broke the story on Hickson's trade and updated it throughout the day. Here is a link to the final story. Marla Ridenour, who is on assignment at the PGA event getting material for Bridgestone Invitational, weighed in with a column on the trade.

Sheldon Ocker talks about the importance of taking two out of the three in Phoenix for the Indians.

George Thomas came across a feel-good story on De'Shawn Dowdy of North. He went from unrecruited to getting offers from BCS teams after his coach published a video of his playing-ability.

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